Australian authors and publishers can now publish and sell their books on Amazon.com.au and all Kindle stores globally, as well as set their book prices and receive royalties in Australian dollars
SEATTLE—November 12, 2013—(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today announced that independent authors and publishers are now able to make their books available in the new Australian Kindle Store, as well as in 175 countries worldwide using Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) (http://kdp.amazon.com.au). KDP is a fast, free and easy way for authors and publishers to make their books available via the Kindle Store, Kindle devices and on free Kindle reading apps, while retaining control of their content and copyrights. They can earn up to 70% royalties on sales to customers in Australia, New Zealand, the US, UK and many others, making more money on each book sold. Authors can also price their books and receive payments in Australian dollars, and authors in New Zealand can choose to be paid in New Zealand dollars.
“Authors and publishers can now publish and sell their books in the new Australian Kindle Store with KDP, making their books available to customers in Australia and all over the world while earning more money,” said Neil Lindsay, Vice President, Amazon Kindle. “Many people have a story to tell and we’re happy to make it easier for writers to share their books with readers.”
Thousands of Australian authors are already using KDP, including Karly Lane, author of Burnt , and best-selling author James Duigan, author of The Clean & Lean Diet. “Bringing my Clean & Lean Diet print books to Kindle has been an empowering experience,” said Duigan. “Self-publishing with KDP has allowed me to connect directly with the people I want to reach with my message of kindness and acceptance. I’m so incredibly happy that the book is now accessible to a global audience.”
Today Amazon also launched the Australian Kindle Store, offering over 2 million eBooks, the most English language best sellers, more than 400,000 Kindle-exclusive titles, best-selling illustrated children’s and young adult books, cookbooks, comics and graphic novels, and more. Amazon also announced that in addition to Kindle Paperwhite, the all-new Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HDX tablets are now on sale locally in Australia at Dick Smith and Big W stores—for more details, visit www.amazon.com.au.
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth’s Biggest Selection. Amazon.com, Inc. seeks to be Earth’s most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. Amazon.com and other sellers offer millions of unique new, refurbished and used items in categories such as Books; Movies, Music & Games; Digital Downloads; Electronics & Computers; Home & Garden; Toys, Kids & Baby; Grocery; Apparel, Shoes & Jewelry; Health & Beauty; Sports & Outdoors; and Tools, Auto & Industrial. Amazon Web Services provides Amazon’s developer customers with access to in-the-cloud infrastructure services based on Amazon’s own back-end technology platform, which developers can use to enable virtually any type of business. Kindle Paperwhite is the world’s best-selling and most advanced e-reader. It features new display technology with higher contrast, the next generation built-in light, a faster processor, the latest touch technology, and exclusive new features designed from the ground up for readers. Kindle, the lightest and smallest Kindle, features improved fonts and faster page turns. The new Kindle Fire HDX features a stunning exclusive 7” or 8.9” HDX display, a quad-core 2.2 GHz processor, 2x more memory, and 11 hours of battery life, as well as exclusive new features of Fire OS 3.0 including X-Ray for Music, Second Screen, Prime Instant Video downloads, and the revolutionary new Mayday button. The all-new Kindle Fire HD includes an HD display, high-performance processor and dual speakers at a breakthrough price.
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