Over a year ago, I got an email from a woman who lived in an Eastern European country. She had seen a recommendation of Life As We Knew It and was interested in reading it. But living where she was, it would have cost a lot of money to have a copy shipped to her. And the book wasn't available for her Kindle, at least not in English.
At that point, I didn't know a lot about Amazon/Kindle, so I contacted my agent to ask why that was. It seems that when we sold the UK rights to the moon books, we hadn't included the ebook rights in the contracts.
We asked the UK publisher if they would like the ebook rights, and they hemmed and hawed and ultimately decided they didn't. Don't ask me why not, because it doesn't make a lot of sense to me, but a no is a no.
So my agent contacted Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and asked them if they would like the ebook English language rights, and they said sure, why not. So we signed contracts. They didn't have to pay me a penny more, but I get a nice royalty rate, which works fine for me.
Now if you're in a country which has Amazon/Kindle available, you can now buy a number of my books in English (the German versions have been available on Kindle from the beginning). All three moon books are there, as well as my older titles that I put up as ebooks (see the right side of the blog for information about them). In addition, Blood Wounds can be bought on Kindle outside of the United States and Canada. Since Blood Wounds hasn't been published outside of the United States/Canada, this is pretty much the only way of reading it without having to pay for shipping.
Here's the Amazon/Kindle listing from Amazon UK.com and Amazon Germany. com and Amazon France. com (notice that the French versions of my books aren't available on Kindle, for reasons I don't understand). Those are the only countries I have listings for. Amazon isn't available every country, and when you google in something like Amazon Brazil, you get a lot of listings for some river or another.
But if you're in a country where you can use a Kindle, and you're interested in reading one or more of my books, you now can, thanks in part to a woman in an Eastern European country who took the time to email me to ask why she couldn't!