What does Amazon have against Canadian authors?

What makes me think Amazon has anything against Canada? Well, there are two reasons. The first concerns Createspace, Amazon’s print on demand service, where I am presently engaged for the first time. I did my research. I considered other options and I chose Createspace, in spite of my belief that it’s unfair to Canadian authors.
I have previously published 7 ebooks with Kindle. I am paid every cent I earn every month by direct deposit. I am happy about this.
Createspace do not pay Canadian authors by direct deposit, only by cheque and only in one hundred dollar increments in every currency. This may not be a big thing for big sellers. But what about the rest of us? You may have no difficulty selling a hundred dollars in .com or .uk, but what about when your sales begin to drop off and you’re sat there with sixty-seven dollars in your account that you can’t get at until your sales improve. I’ve sold a few ebooks in .de, .fr, .es, .it. With CreateSpace, I will be watching my euro sales going up slowly month by month. And what about Australia and Brazil? I’ve sold there too but if I sell on Createspace, chances are I will never get paid because my sales are so few.
The answer to this is to open a bank account in the U.S., which I have done. I will be paid by direct deposit and can then transfer the funds to my Canadian account if I wish. All well and good, but it begs the question why CreateSpace don’t us Canadians by direct deposits when they do in many other countries like the U.K., Netherlands, Portugal, France and others. Amazon has not provided a satisfactory answer.

Here’s the second reason Amazon is unfair to Candian authors. Amazon has introduced KDP Print, which is very much like CreateSpace, a PoD service. With Print, you can sell your paperback to readers in the U.S., U.K., Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Japan, which, of course, Createspace already does – except Japan. Have you noticed which country is missing from this list? CANADA! If I publish with Print, Canadians will not be able to order my book on Amazon.ca. Only family and friends will know that I have a paperback available. I have read that this may be due to the Canada Heritage Act and the protection of Candian booksellers. Well and good, but how is it CreateSpace distributes to Canada. I ask again: What does Amazon have against Canadian authors?
For more info. read this: https://dianetibert.com/tag/createspace/
And this: https://kindlepreneur.com/createspace-vs-kdp-print/


Author: susanappleyardwriter

I am a writer and reader of historical fiction. In the eighties I had 2 books published traditionally and recently 2 books self-published. I live in Canada for half the year - the warm half - and Mexico for the other half.

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