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Alexander M. An...

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Author Copies
Posted: Jan 2, 2018 11:39 AM
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Is the Author Copies Beta activated? Cause the page works and the instructions say:

Go to your Bookshelf and select the paperback you would like to order.
Click on the Order Author Copies link in the ellipsis ("...") menu.

but the Order Author Copies link does not appear. What this only for certain books or did I miss that this isnt a option yet? Thanks.
Donna St Felix

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Posted: Jan 2, 2018 11:43 AM   in response to: Alexander M. An... in response to: Alexander M. An...
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It is a beta program.
You get what you get.
Many of us do our paperbacks at CreateSpace which is also Amazon.
Emily Veinglory

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Re: Author Copies
Posted: Jan 2, 2018 2:12 PM   in response to: Alexander M. An... in response to: Alexander M. An...
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If it doesn't appear your account doesn't have it.
BrenDe

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Re: Author Copies
Posted: Jan 17, 2018 11:30 AM   in response to: Alexander M. An... in response to: Alexander M. An...
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First of all, I ordered 18 copies of my books at full price (in various orders) before I ever saw an option to order author copies through KDP. I just found that option on Monday under the ellipses. I ordered multiple copies. They went into my regular Amazon cart, but I didn't check out right away. Then the next day I got a message that they'd been removed because I hadn't ordered within 24 hours of putting them in the cart. I can order more, but

I didn't see the option to order an author's proof until Monday either. I don't know if the options were there from the beginning, and I missed them, or if they were added after I ordered 18 books at full price ($11.99 each). I wish I would have seen that perk from the beginning.

I have two paperbacks and revised both of them recently. I really don't think the author's proof or copies were options when I revised them last week, but I could be wrong. I am glad that I found them this week!

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cdalebrittain

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Re: Author Copies
Posted: Jan 17, 2018 1:57 PM   in response to: BrenDe in response to: BrenDe
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For the longest time, author copies/proof copies from KDP-print were available only to a few. (I got a message that I was one of the select few, which was funny because I'm with CreateSpace all the way for paperbacks, not KDP-print.)

It was just this week that the option became available to everyone. There's an announcement about on the right side of the main Community page. At least you'll get royalties from the paperbacks you ordered at full price!
MR R J LAIDLER

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Re: Author Copies
Posted: Jan 17, 2018 2:46 PM   in response to: Alexander M. An... in response to: Alexander M. An...
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I can get author copies (and proofs) in the UK now. This only appeared a week or so ago. It would be interesting to hear what other users of KDP Print can see if they click on the three dots button on their bookshelf. :)

Edit: I've just seen the announcement referred to above:

"We are excited to announce that proof and author (wholesale) copies are now available for all publishers on KDP.

Proofs allow you to review a physical copy of your draft paperback prior to publication. Learn more here.

Author copies are copies of the live version of your paperback that you can order from Amazon. Learn more here.

When you order copies of your own book, you pay just the printing costs plus shipping and applicable taxes. With this new feature, KDP proof and author copies for the UK and the rest of Europe are printed and shipped from within Europe – an improvement for authors who previously used CreateSpace."
lawrence2132

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Posted: Jan 30, 2018 4:58 AM   in response to: MR R J LAIDLER in response to: MR R J LAIDLER
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Just seen the announcement as well . I've been on at Createspace for years to allow author copies from local printers - for me to order from the US makes it totally unworthwhile due to the ridiculous shipping costs. However, I have 12 paperbacks with CS. I just rang them and told me that if I contact KDP they can transfer them out of CS and make them KDP paperbacks. Anyone tried this? Also - anyone know how the pricing works? Will my minimum price stay the same or will Amazon add a mark up and has anyone tried both procedures? - I quite like/am used to the CS system and the KDP one looks quite different.
MR R J LAIDLER

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Posted: Feb 2, 2018 4:34 AM   in response to: lawrence2132 in response to: lawrence2132
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lawrence2132 wrote:
Just seen the announcement as well . I've been on at Createspace for years to allow author copies from local printers - for me to order from the US makes it totally unworthwhile due to the ridiculous shipping costs. However, I have 12 paperbacks with CS. I just rang them and told me that if I contact KDP they can transfer them out of CS and make them KDP paperbacks. Anyone tried this? Also - anyone know how the pricing works? Will my minimum price stay the same or will Amazon add a mark up and has anyone tried both procedures? - I quite like/am used to the CS system and the KDP one looks quite different.
If you go to your bookshelf and click on the help link at the very top you will be able to find stuff about KDP Print - look for "Paperback Royalties". Here you will find a guide to pricing though getting to it is a bit of a click-fest. But in the UK the cost of printing a B&W book of normal size is £0.70 plus £0.01 per page. Colour is £0.045 per page so unaffordable in most cases. This gives you a printing cost which is what you would pay for author copies but the minimum selling price they set is the printing cost divided by 0.6. Any price you set above that will give you a royalty. :)
I haven't used CS so I can't comment on the differences but I found KDP Print works for me.
Nathalie Roth

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Re: Author Copies
Posted: Feb 4, 2018 3:53 PM   in response to: Alexander M. An... in response to: Alexander M. An...
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Hi, since this option is new to me too, beside the price, is there any difference between the paperback ''author copies'' and the one for the public? May sound weird to ask but using the word ''live paperback'' doesn't mean anything to me. Can someone explain clearly, please. Thanks.
cdalebrittain

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Re: Author Copies
Posted: Feb 4, 2018 4:03 PM   in response to: Nathalie Roth in response to: Nathalie Roth
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Nathalie--

Better to start a new thread with a new question. That way you'll be sure to find the answer.

The only difference between author copies and the copies anyone would buy is the price. Author copies' cost just covers production costs, nothing for Amazon. Quite a service.

When your paperback is "live" it means it's available through Amazon now, as opposed to still being in review, only partially done (like no cover yet, etc.).

Welcome to KDP.
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