Amazon UK and EU Direct Payments to Authors

UK flagIt’s been a long time coming. Authors in the UK and EU have long struggled with a better payment option from US based Amazon.com, typically the largest seller of their ebooks. In the past it was done with US checks that often needed gross amounts deducted by local banks to convert to local currency. This hasn’t been a problem for US authors, as EFT’s (electronic funds transfer) are the common method of payment resulting in direct bank deposits. Now authors in the UK and EU can get that too.

From Amazon:

KDP updates royalty payment options for UK and EU

We are pleased to announce Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) has new payment options available. You can update your account starting today for royalty payments to be made in April, 2013. Your account preferences can be set to receive royalty payments electronically across all marketplaces in British pounds or Euros. In order to be paid by Direct Deposit, your bank account will need to be located in the United Kingdom or in Europe.

For more information, https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/help.

A happy day for Indies and readers 🙂

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Amazon Europe CreateSpace Now Better for UK, Germany, etc.

CreateSpace logoIndie authors in Europe have long complained Amazon and CreateSpace hadn’t done enough to promoted their paper books, plus the shipping costs from America made the price unreasonable. That just changed. From the press release:

Amazon customers in Europe now get immediate availability and local shipping costs on CreateSpace books enabled for distribution in Europe.

CreateSpace, an Amazon company, today announced that authors and publishers around the world can now use its independent publishing platform to distribute their books in Europe for free on Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.es and Amazon.it. By using CreateSpace to distribute directly to Amazon, authors and publishers ensure that their titles are always in stock for customers to purchase. Books will be available for same-day shipping, and are also eligible for free shipping and Amazon Prime. CreateSpace authors and publishers will earn industry-leading royalties on each sale while continuing to own the rights and have creative control over their work. Additionally, CreateSpace authors and publishers can now receive their royalty payments by direct deposit in US dollars, British pounds or Euro.

Along with great distribution, CreateSpace provides manufacturing-on-demand technology, which means books are printed when a customer orders it so the author doesn’t have to make an up-front investment in inventory. If they need help at any point in the independent publishing process, they can also take advantage of CreateSpace’s English-language professional services and 24/7 member support.

Gayle Laakmann McDowell is the author of the best seller “Cracking the Coding Interview,” which is independently published through CreateSpace. “When I launched my book on Amazon via CreateSpace two years ago, I saw my sales increase by 10 times, eventually becoming Amazon’s best-selling interview book,” said McDowell. “Europe has always proven difficult for me to enter though–how do I print, distribute, and ship my book in the multitude of countries there? I’m so excited to see that CreateSpace is launching European distribution. In 30 seconds and just a few clicks, this has enabled me to tap a whole new market and resolve a problem I’d been laboring over for months. This is huge for me–huge.”

“We are very excited to offer our members the option to distribute their books on Amazon sites in Europe. By doing so, they will make their books available and in stock to millions of European readers,” said Libby Johnson McKee, Managing Director, CreateSpace. “We are continually working to deliver exceptional value and world-class customer service to our CreateSpace members worldwide, and European distribution is yet another great example of our commitment to helping our authors succeed.”

CreateSpace authors can visit www.createspace.com/international today to enable distribution in Europe for their books. To start a new title or to learn more about CreateSpace, independent publishing and manufacturing on-demand, visit www.createspace.com .

Authors can also make their books available digitally in Europe and around the globe using Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), while earning up to 70% royalties and continuing to own the rights to their books. To get started authors can visit http://kdp.amazon.com .

About CreateSpace

CreateSpace seeks to be the world’s easiest and most comprehensive independent publishing platform for writers, filmmakers and musicians. The company is the leading provider of independent publishing tools that enable content creators to produce, polish, publish and distribute their work to customers around the world. CreateSpace offers industry-leading royalty rates, broad distribution to thousands of sales channels, an engaged peer community and complete creative control while content creators continue to own the rights to their work. CreateSpace is also a leader in manufacture on-demand for Books, CDs and DVDs maintaining “in-stock” availability for titles without inventory risk. CreateSpace is a brand of On-Demand Publishing LLC, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc…

…Amazon and its affiliates operate websites, including http://www.amazon.com , http://www.amazon.co.uk , http://www.amazon.de , http://www.amazon.co.jp , http://www.amazon.fr , http://www.amazon.ca , http://www.amazon.cn , http://www.amazon.it , and http://www.amazon.es . As used herein, “Amazon.com,” “we,” “our” and similar terms include Amazon.com, Inc., and its subsidiaries, unless the context indicates otherwise.

SOURCE: CreateSpace

I remember how exciting it was when my first shipment of CS books arrived, had to make a video.

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Monthly Indie Author’s Thread at Amazon Kindle Forum

indie authorEvery month Indie authors who want to sell ebooks have a place in Amazon forum threads dedicated just for them to share blurbs/links about their ebooks with perspective readers. This e-publishing solution happens at both Amazon.com (USA) and Amazon.co.uk (United Kingdom).

The thread in the US is run by Blue Goddess, the handle of a long-time forum participant. It’s done in memory to a passed and well-known/loved supporter of Indies named dog (case sensitive as his handle was). An example of the past month’s US thread:

In memory and in honor of our beloved forum member, dog, I am starting the Indie Author’s Thread for July, 2011. *raises a glass to the heavens, and toasts dog* Thank you, dog, and everyone who is now, or has ever served in the military.

For those of you who do not know, dog was a beloved forum member who was taken from us much too soon. He was a supporter of indie authors, good will towards each other, peaceful communication, and good humor. dog could stop a thread from turning ugly with a wily joke or an impassioned statement.

dog was the originator of the monthly Indie Author’s thread. When he passed, I merely picked up where he left off, to keep his memory, and the tradition alive. While we no longer need a “safe haven” for the authors, I think it is important to remember dog, and to give each month a fresh start for new kindle owners.

You can read more about dog at the thread below. Fellow forum member, Corky, has put together a fantastic list of dog’s greatest hits.

http://www.amazon.com/tag/kindle/forum/ref=cm_cd_tfp_ef_tft_tp?_encoding=UTF8&cdForum=Fx1D7SY3BVSESG&cdThread=Tx3SD7SH2RFHQEK&displayType=tagsDetail

Please note that dog’s posts now say they were made by Selena, as his daughter took over his account when he passed. Here is the thread she started on that fateful day –

http://www.amazon.com/tag/kindle/forum/ref=cm_cd_search_res_ti?_encoding=UTF8&cdForum=Fx1D7SY3BVSESG&cdMsgNo=1&cdPage=1&cdSort=oldest&cdThread=Tx21DGRCO8H0Y31&cdMsgID=Mx3RBXDQUABDGU2#Mx3RBXDQUABDGU2

Readers…enjoy the wonderful books you find here! Authors, good luck!

And then the Indies begin posting blurbs with links to make readers aware of their work and hopefully sell ebooks on Amazon. This is the example of the thread from Sept, 2011.

Amazon UK has adopted a similar thread. Their September example can be seen here.

(Updated for Sept-Oct) Since September is almost up, the October thread should be coming out right around Sept. 30th or Oct. 1st at both locales. Good chance to get your Kindle/paperbacks in front of browsers. Look for it in the US at the Meet Our Authors forum and in the UK at the main Kindle forum.

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