For those of you who have been asking for this for a long time, Amazon just announced today that authors and publishers around the world can now use the self-service Kindle Digital Text Platform (DTP) to upload and sell books in English, German and French to customers worldwide in the Kindle Store.
I am sorry to hear that you were not able to set up your DTP account. On the "My Account" tab, within "Company/Publisher Information" click on "Add or Edit Address" with your non-US address. It should allow you to select your country.
If you fill in your non-US address, "Payment Information" should offer you pay by check.
When you set up your DTP account with non-US address you will not be asked to provide SSN, TIN or EIN. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you don't have a US tax identification number, very likely there will be withholding.
You will then (probably in 2011) have to request a TIN and file a tax return in order to get your withheld taxes returned. I suspect however that the Internal Revenue Service is more techno savvy than Amazon, and will credit your bank account--assuming your bank can handle a USD deposit.
Good luck on this, and don't quit your day job just yet.
I represent a Canadian publisher so I'm very glad Amazon made this program international. Our company does have a US bank account and a US tax id (EIN). As soon as I add our Canadian address, the box where I can enter our EIN disappears. Is it possible to add our EIN on file to avoid the tax withholding?
I do have contacts who live in the US. The problem I see with that is that to avoid withholding, I'm claiming tax treaty exemption by certifying that we don't have operations in the US. With a US address, the IRS might see this as US operations. Just making the EIN box optional instead of removing it completely for foreign addresses would be perfect.
American publishers normally aren't subject to withholding. Only if we've been naughty in the past, as I understand it. With a US bank account and an ITIN, I don't see why you wouldn't qualify as an American publisher, if you could produce a US address. It's not limited to citizens.