Publishing on Amazon Kindle

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Publishing on Amazon Kindle

Post by RobC » 27 Aug 2016, 05:47

Greetings
I have put together a volume of my poetry. A friend has suggested Amazon Kindle as a way to publish a book. Do any of you guys have experience of that? Who owns the copyright? I have a novel too, which I intend to publish the old fashioned way. My idea is that people who encounter my novel, and don't know who I am (Pretty well everyone!) will try to look me up, to see what else I've done. That's where having a volume of poetry already out there will be useful. Perhaps some will try my vol of poetry first as a taster.

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Post by george_bass » 30 Aug 2016, 08:14

Hello RobC,

I've published a number of books there. As far as I know, you must own the copyright of your books in order to publish them on Amazon Kindle. This is a precondition; otherwise it is illegal, and you cannot upload the book -- well, there is the exception of public domain books.

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Post by RobC » 30 Aug 2016, 10:36

Thank You George. It also looks like you retain copyright on your work, too, though they don't specifically say so. The down side for me is having to promote the work myself--I don't do promotion or marketing. I'll have to learn, I guess!

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Post by george_bass » 30 Aug 2016, 11:11

That's right. It is assumed that you are the owner of the copyright. On the other hand, indie writers can take advantage of Amazon's Kindle Select program in order to promote their work.

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Post by RobC » 31 Aug 2016, 06:07

I have also been checking out Amazon's print-on-demand publishing service."Create Space" is what they call it. No up front fee, so far as I can see, though there is a charge for a marketing/ promotion package. So you have any experience with that? A woman I know who was interested in that told me that she was required to have a US tax code. I live in the UK (As does my friend) I may mull this over a while before making up my mind.

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Post by george_bass » 31 Aug 2016, 08:00

RobC wrote: So you have any experience with that?
Yes, I have. Amazon will tax a standard percentage on your US sales, which may vary from 5% to 20%. If you want to benefit from the lower rate (5%), you must provide a valid TIN number. As a EU citizen, I took their Tax Interview providing my national identity card number.

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Post by Adrienne Dawn » 13 Sep 2016, 18:26

I like what Amazon offers when you self-publish. You can take advantage of Kindle Select, as well as other promotions, marketing and free things. I would also suggest Create Space, which is Amazon's version of getting your book printed so you can hold an actual copy in your hands.

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Post by Lincoln » 21 Mar 2017, 10:32

RobC wrote:Thank You George. It also looks like you retain copyright on your work, too, though they don't specifically say so. The down side for me is having to promote the work myself--I don't do promotion or marketing. I'll have to learn, I guess!
Publishing on amazon can work out incredibly well, but you definitely have to be willing to put in the ground work to promote and publicize for visibility. It is a huge learning curve!
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