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Allyn

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Can I market/sell my Kindle Book on Amazon India?
Posted: Jun 30, 2016 10:39 AM
 
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I am writing a Kindle book (it may also be a hard copy book) that will be of primary interest to people living in India. Are there specific steps that I must take to place the book on the Amazon India site, and if I do get sales from India, how do I get paid? Are there any extra fees required? Do I need special permissions? I've written books but never a Kindle and never one that was offered anywhere but in the U.S. Thanks
Reba

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Re: Can I market/sell my Kindle Book on Amazon India?
Posted: Jun 30, 2016 10:56 AM   in response to: Allyn in response to: Allyn
 
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India is one of the Amazon sites in the worldwide rights list. You can tick worldwide and sell everywhere or you can just tick India, although that wouldn't be a financial lucrative move. As to how you get paid, that would depend on your country of residence. If you are in the US or a country which has a tax treaty with the US you can be paid by direct deposit. Indian sales get paid along with all the others.
Notjohn

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Re: Can I market/sell my Kindle Book on Amazon India?
Posted: Jun 30, 2016 12:03 PM   in response to: Reba in response to: Reba
 
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Indian sales get paid along with all the others.

But there aren't very many of them, in my experience.

I think, however, that you can low-ball the price in India. I've never tried that, because I prefer to sell at the higher rate. India only pays 35 percent (unless you're in Select, which I think is a bad idea) so it's never going to pay very much.

Good luck! -- NJ

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Marcy Henshaw

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Re: Can I market/sell my Kindle Book on Amazon India?
Posted: Jun 30, 2016 1:38 PM   in response to: Allyn in response to: Allyn
 
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Books are books. I don't know why people keep calling them "Kindle" books or "ebooks." (ie: "I wrote my first ebook" or "I'm a Kindle author.") Drives me nuts. You are writing a book. You plan to place your book for sale through Amazon. Your book can be made available as an ebook or as a paperback or out of Rice Krispy Treats if you want. As far as the rest of your post, have you even bothered reading about distribution via Amazon/Amazon India? It's all there for you to discover...if you bother to read.
writerbn

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Re: Can I market/sell my Kindle Book on Amazon India?
Posted: Jun 30, 2016 2:45 PM   in response to: Allyn in response to: Allyn
 
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For India, keep in mind two things:

1. Even if your book is priced at $2.99 and above (for 70% royalty in most countries), you will get 35% in India, unless you enroll inSelect, as Notjohn said.

2. If you do enroll in Select, your book is automatically in Kay Yu, and most Indian readers will borrow rather than buy. You then get compensated at the extremely generous rate of around $0.0012 per page read (and falling each day).

Put these two facts together and you can see why the Indian market is a losing proposition, unless your name is Chetan Bhagat. And I say this as someone who used to derive over 80% of my income from India, before the country-specific Kay Yu rates were implemented last October.
writerbn

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Re: Can I market/sell my Kindle Book on Amazon India?
Posted: Jun 30, 2016 2:46 PM   in response to: Allyn in response to: Allyn
 
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Replied, modded. Maybe it will show up next year.
billhiatt

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Re: Can I market/sell my Kindle Book on Amazon India?
Posted: Jul 1, 2016 7:28 AM   in response to: writerbn in response to: writerbn
 
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writerbn wrote:
For India, keep in mind two things:

1. Even if your book is priced at $2.99 and above (for 70% royalty in most countries), you will get 35% in India, unless you enroll inSelect, as Notjohn said.

2. If you do enroll in Select, your book is automatically in Kay Yu, and most Indian readers will borrow rather than buy. You then get compensated at the extremely generous rate of around $0.0012 per page read (and falling each day).

Put these two facts together and you can see why the Indian market is a losing proposition, unless your name is Chetan Bhagat. And I say this as someone who used to derive over 80% of my income from India, before the country-specific Kay Yu rates were implemented last October.

That's what I'm doing wrong! I'll change my name to Chetan Bhagat right away.

Seriously, I've gotten one or two sales in India since September of 2012. I've gotten no KU pages. I think unless the book is of special interest to an Indian audience, it's largely a moot point.

That said, I would treat a market like India as gravy. It's not as if buyers from other markets can buy instead from the India store to somehow get a better deal. From that standpoint, the KU rate, even at $0.0012, is still better than nothing. If I had a lot of sales in India, as I think you did, and starting losing the sales to KU, that would be a losing proposition, just as you suggest.
writerbn

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Re: Can I market/sell my Kindle Book on Amazon India?
Posted: Jul 1, 2016 8:49 AM   in response to: billhiatt in response to: billhiatt
 
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billhiatt wrote:
If I had a lot of sales in India, as I think you did, and starting losing the sales to KU, that would be a losing proposition, just as you suggest.

I haven't given up all hope, as I'm still working on a series targeted to an Indian audience. It's just that I need to focus my marketing efforts on Indian expats/immigrants instead.
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