Should you publish your e-book in Germany?
The book market in Germany totals $6.2 billion – around 40 percent of the size of the US book market. Among developed countries, Germany has the third largest e-book market behind the US and the UK. The e-reader base is estimated at around 3 million; many more people read on their tablets. So should you start publishing your e-book in Germany too?
Matthias Matting, a German journalist who writes for a major magazine, started self-publishing when Amazon's KDP came to Germany in 2011. He has now sold more than 100,000 copies of the 50 books he has published so far. He has spoken about his experiences at international conferences such as CONTEC. On Selfpublisherbibel.de, the leading resource for self-publishers in Germany with more than 1,000 readers per day, he reports on everything he has learned.
This e-book summarizes Matting’s knowledge for US and UK authors who are considering publishing in the German market. You'll get all the information you need to make your decision and will learn in detail about the websites and companies that can help you publish and market your e-book. As with all his books, there is a special service included: You can contact the author with any questions at any time.
"In the last few years, the story of ebook growth and indie author success has been mostly focused on the markets of US, UK and Canada. It's been amazingly exciting to be part of that story, but what's more exciting for authors in the next few years is the expansion of digital publishing into global markets.
Our readership has the potential to be international, and we can expand our books by country/territory and by language. Right now, I'm excited about Germany because there are signs it will be the next country to seriously embrace ebooks and there's a large and avid reading population ready to buy. German authors can now embrace self-publishing and, with the possibilities of translation, English speaking authors can now reach a new audience too.
One of the problems for indies is understanding the complexities of each country market, but Matthias has produced a guide that will enable us all to negotiate this new opportunity."
Joanna Penn, www.TheCreativePenn.com. Voted one of the Top 10 Blogs For Writers. @thecreativepenn
"The advent of self publishing is the most radical change to hit the book business in decades — and every author should take notice. There's a real opportunity to for authors to take charge of their careers, have a great publishing experience, and make money. Foreign markets offer authors the change to engage new readers and mine new markets. But as anyone as far back as Dante who has ever traveled to a mysterious foreign land knows, you'll fare far better if you have a good guide. There's no better guide to the German self-publishing than Matthias Matting — let him be your Virgil."
Edward Nawotka, Publishing Perspectives