TUMBY BAY - Amazon’s CreateSpace has been a boon to writers in Papua New Guinea.
Without any publishing houses of their own it was one of the few places a Papua New Guinean writer could get published.
Amazon has now phased out its CreateSpace printing and distribution service.
For those Papua New Guinean writers who have set up their own CreateSpace accounts it means transferring to a new combined service that Amazon has created with its Kindle eBook service.
This new service is called Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP).
KDP now publishes both eBooks and hard copy books.
KDP books will now be retailed through Amazon, just like CreateSpace books were before.
A process is now occurring where writer’s books on their CreateSpace accounts are being transferred to new KDP accounts.
Writers can used their Amazon CreateSpace user name and password to access their new KDP account.
The new arrangement also requires the writers to reset their books on KDP.
I’ve done this with the Pukpuk Publications books. It’s not a difficult process but requires some getting used to.
Publishing new books using KDP also takes a bit of getting used to and requires a degree of practice.
In Australia a difficulty has been created by the government, which has deemed it necessary to slap a GST on books (and other) orders valued under $1,000. Amazon has refused to collect the GST and will not now ship books to Australia from its USA site.
What this effectively means is that writers in Australia will not be able to buy proof copies of their books or order copies at a wholesale price for resale.
Hopefully, writers in Papua New Guinea will not be effected in that way. Unless of course the government realises that enforcing its own GST will be a handy, albeit tiny, revenue raiser.
At a personal level it means I won’t be able to publish Papua New Guinean writers under the Pukpuk Publications imprint.
Hopefully Jordan Dean and others will be able to pick up where I’ve left off.
Such is the topsy-turvy world of writing in modern times.