Oh, Canada! What did I do to you?

Since I began my forays into self publishing, I have been a data monger.  I collect stats on everything.  My conclusion is that Canadians hate me.

My books are available through lots of sites: Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, iBooks, etc.  I do weekly (sometimes, daily) compilations and computations of the data.  For the purpose of this discussion, I’m going to ignore B&N because they don’t tell me from which country my books is being purchased, just that someone bought it.

Here’s what I have discovered:

About 85% of all my sales are from the US.  Another 14% are purchased by people in the UK.  That leaves 1% for everywhere else in the world.  And I am far more likely to sell an ebook in Japan than I am Canada.  As a matter of fact, I’m more likely to sell an ebook in Germany than I am Canada… This is significant because Germany has the lowest amount of e-reader users in the cared-about world right now (meaning, someone bothered to compile stats from the country).

In the last 11 months, I have sold a total of 51 books in Canada.  I’ve sold twice that many in Germany and three times that in Japan.  These purchases are almost exclusively made through iBooks.

Furthermore, iBooks has become my second best selling place, mostly to non-US buyers.  I do sell ebooks in the US through iBooks, but it’s only about 34% of my total sales on the site.  The UK provides a significant amount; almost 30% of my iBook sales.  And Canada lags behind.

I considered it odd enough to do a ratio for free ebooks to purchased in just Canada.  Sadly, for every 100 free books I give away, I get 0.19 purchased books.

Thankfully, although Canada seems to hate my writing, the UK seems to really like it.  For every 100 ebooks I give away, I get 41 purchases.  That’s a whole lot higher than my ratio for US free v. purchased (roughly 10).  Unfortunately, I give away fewer books in the UK than in the US and I get almost no reviews.

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  1. Maria D.

     /  November 26, 2014

    That is odd….I do know a handful of Canadian bloggers but not that many and most seem to read romance…lol


    • I stick with the UK’ains… I am not writing romance. However, that might be why they tend to buy books in the Dysfunctional Chronicles…



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