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Ronna M Bacon

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Author copies
Posted: Sep 27, 2017 2:06 PM
 
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Sign in to http://kdp.amazon.com.
Go to your Bookshelf and select the paperback you would like to order.
Click on the Order Author Copies link in the ellipsis ("...") menu.
Enter the order quantity and select the marketplace of your order from drop-down menu.
Click Proceed to Checkout. You’ll be redirected to the Amazon Shopping Cart of your chosen marketplace to complete your order.

These instructions really don't seem to work. I cannot fin the Order Author Copies Link in the ellipsis menut
R Butler

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Re: Author copies
Posted: Sep 27, 2017 2:10 PM   in response to: Ronna M Bacon in response to: Ronna M Bacon
 
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To the best of my knowledge Author Copies has not been fully rolled out for KDP Print yet and is expected in the next few weeks.
Ronna M Bacon

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Posted: Sep 27, 2017 2:16 PM   in response to: Ronna M Bacon in response to: Ronna M Bacon
 
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Thank you. That explains why I can't find it.
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Posted: Oct 13, 2017 2:40 PM   in response to: R Butler in response to: R Butler
 
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But why the h... the help file displays »... you can NOW order author copies ...«???
Emily Veinglory

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Posted: Oct 13, 2017 4:29 PM   in response to: Kurt-Rainer Dau... in response to: Kurt-Rainer Dau...
 
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Because you can, but only if your book is still draft d never published
Robert D. Branham

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Re: Author copies
Posted: Oct 23, 2017 11:35 AM   in response to: Ronna M Bacon in response to: Ronna M Bacon
 
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So can you confirm that author copies can only be ordered if the book is in an unpublished status? Once the book is live, the author is no longer allowed to purchase copies at that price? thank you, Robert
Emily Veinglory

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Posted: Oct 23, 2017 12:27 PM   in response to: Robert D. Branham in response to: Robert D. Branham
 
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That has been my experience. The option is only there for draft/never-published books. Which is irritating.
robert d dorazi

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Posted: Oct 23, 2017 1:15 PM   in response to: Emily Veinglory in response to: Emily Veinglory
 
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Hi Emily

By never published, do you mean that nobody ever bought the book?

Robert Dorazi

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Salamander Mall...

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Posted: Oct 23, 2017 1:27 PM   in response to: Robert D. Branham in response to: Robert D. Branham
 
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Robert D. Branham wrote:
So can you confirm that author copies can only be ordered if the book is in an unpublished status? Once the book is live, the author is no longer allowed to purchase copies at that price? thank you, Robert

Those are not author copies. They are proof copies.
robert d dorazi

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Posted: Oct 23, 2017 1:34 PM   in response to: Salamander Mall... in response to: Salamander Mall...
 
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Hi Salamander

What I meant to say is that if I go on one of my books that nobody has ever bought (unfortunately) and if I click on the "three dots" I have an option "request author copies" where I can order as many books as I want at a price that is obviously the "printing" price, about $4-5. So I was wondering why others can't. I am writing from France, so it could be different, but it would be a first since we are usually the last to benefit from Amazon new functions :)

Robert Dorazi

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Robert D. Branham

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Posted: Oct 23, 2017 2:56 PM   in response to: Ronna M Bacon in response to: Ronna M Bacon
 
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So is there a way for the author to purchase copies at the break even-printing price after the book is 'live'?
Donna St Felix

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Posted: Oct 23, 2017 3:27 PM   in response to: Robert D. Branham in response to: Robert D. Branham
 
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Robert D. Branham wrote:
So is there a way for the author to purchase copies at the break even-printing price after the book is 'live'?

You can lower the price and order it. Then raise the price back up after the payment clears.
Lesson: Publish paperbacks at the Zon's CreateSpace site. It will merge with your digital book in about a week on the site.
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Posted: Oct 23, 2017 4:11 PM   in response to: Robert D. Branham in response to: Robert D. Branham
 
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So is there a way for the author to purchase copies at the break even-printing price after the book is 'live'?

Yes. Use the CreateSpace platform. I usually pay about $3.50 for a $10 book, plus shipping, which is about $6 for ten books. Use standard shipping. Lately that's been arriving in three business days.

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook.)

Good luck! -- NJ

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Robert D. Branham

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Re: Author copies
Posted: Oct 24, 2017 4:22 AM   in response to: Ronna M Bacon in response to: Ronna M Bacon
 
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That's where I got confused! I had done a create space publication before, and it offers author copies. But this time I used Kindle to create it, and I didn't realize there would be a difference. But apparently there is, even though they are both Amazon. Interesting. Thanks! Robert
Notjohn

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Re: Author copies
Posted: Oct 24, 2017 10:53 AM   in response to: robert d dorazi in response to: robert d dorazi
 
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What I meant to say is that if I go on one of my books that nobody has ever bought (unfortunately) and if I click on the "three dots" I have an option "request author copies" where I can order as many books as I want at a price that is obviously the "printing" price, about $4-5. So I was wondering why others can't. I am writing from France

Okay, I'm glad to see this post, because it explains a post you made in another thread.

This is truly weird! In France, you can order "author copies"? Would you please look at one of those books, on the back page, and tell us where it was printed? And does it say PROOF COPY there (or is the cover perhaps watermarked as a sample or proof)?

$4-$5 is actually rather pricey. I've never paid that much for an author's copy (or a proof copy). Usually something like $3.50.

Thank you!

I suspect that what you are seeing is the opportunity to buy a physical proof, which is being rolled out very selectively. A few people seem to have the option but most do not.

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook.)

Good luck! -- NJ

Notjohn's Guide to E-Book & Print Formatting

The blog:
http://notjohnkdp.blogspot.com
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