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January/February 2015 Newsletter

Welcome to the new year! There’s some important tax information in this email newsletter. We’re also announcing our trademarked service Ebook Designer’s Touch™, a service that truly sets us apart from all other methods of ebook conversion. If you want an ebook that’s better lookin’ than Hugh Jackman, you need Ebook Designer’s Touch™!

As those of you who have ebooks “out there” already will know, this is a cutting edge, rapidly changing industry. There are ups and downs in the world of publishing that affect everyone, from the big publishers all the way down to individual writers. In an economy of austerity, it simply makes sense to publish ebooks with a much lower price-tag than printed book production. If the US is anything to go by (and it usually is a bit of a crystal ball for Australia!), ebooks are only going to increase in popularity. The take-up of tablets and ereading devices over Christmas means that now is a better time than ever to get your work released by an aggregator like us.

Please contact us about doing Your Book Your Way.

Amanda Greenslade, Director

January/February Promotion: 90% Royalties

Receive 90% of the net receipts of your book (usually 80%) for all new conversion and distribution projects starting this January and February.

In order to receive this promotion, the deposit must be paid by the 28 February 2015. Simply mention promo code 2015-01-NY90NR when you contact us.


Ebook Designer’s Touch™

When the world was all print and no digital it was fairly easy to control what your reader was going to see when they opened your book. Because what you publish is exactly what they got. When ebooks started their rise in popularity, it soon became apparent that designers were going to have to work a little bit different to format books for e-readers. Considering nearly all ereaders and ereading apps allow the user to modify the display of the book, the elements introduced in the designing phase must suit this kind of reading environment.

With our expert knowledge of design and ebooks we can create an amazing ebook for you. Our Ebook Designer’s Touch™ will take your plain old manuscript and give it a facelift perfect for ebook conversion.

Just see the difference between the before and after of Nicholas Johnstone’s book Pilot Pursuits.

Contact us today to talk about helping your ebook stand out from the crowd.

European Union tax law change affects ebook royalties

We recently received some news from Apple iBookstore:

“On January 1, 2015, value-added tax (VAT) rates for electronic books will change in most EU territories. VAT will be based on the customer’s country of residence instead of being the same across all EU territories.

Note that prices for books on iBooks include VAT, while the publisher’s proceeds are calculated after VAT is deducted. As a result, your proceeds for some book sales in the EU may change.”

Similar to the above news with Apple iBookstore, Amazon Kindle are also adjusting the way they work with VAT.

“Previously, if an author wanted to provide a suggested list price of "£1.99", he would have to set "£1.93" as the VAT-exclusive list price to account for the 3% VAT we would have applied. Now, authors can simply enter "£1.99" and we will deduct the applicable VAT to calculate royalties.” (Source)

Will VAT affect me?

The VAT change, from 1 January 2015, will only affect you if your ebook is selling in significant volumes in Europe. It means that your existing royalties will reduce slightly for sales in EU unless you increase the price there to account for the VAT. Where previously your £1.99 was only having tax deducted based on the location of Apple’s EU headquarters (Luxembourg, 3%) it will now depend on where your buyer is located. This will increase the tax to anything up to 25% (Denmark and Sweden).

We are offering to update prices for any ebooks with a sales volume in EU of at least £20 per month, free of charge. There are two sessions when we will be making these changes. First on 17 January, second session on 15 February 2015. You have until the day before each session to take up this offer.

Please contact us at: info@australianebookpublisher.com.au, using "VAT price change" as the subject of your email.

If you’re interested in reading a little bit more about this, have a look at this article from The Digital Reader.


My Healthy Appetite
(Editing, Ebook Designer’s Touch™, Cover Design, Fixed Layout Ebook conversion, Ebook Distribution )
Author: H.G.

With simple step-by-step instructions, and a full-colour photograph and nutritional breakdown to accompany each recipe, you can cook nourishing food with complete confidence.

Betty’s Swimming Lesson
(Fixed Layout Ebook Conversion, Ebook Distribution)
Author: Wayne Goldsmith

Swimming is an important life skill for all Australians. However, the first swimming lesson can be daunting for both parent and child.

This book aims to help parents and children through the challenges, fears and anxieties of their first experience with swimming and water safety and help build a life-long love of the water.

Open Door
(Editing, Ebook Conversion, Ebook Distribution)
Author: John Williams

In 1931, Dilys Elizabeth Jamieson Williams applied for candidature for admission to the ordained ministry of the Australian Presbyterian Church. Williams’ penetrative insights and capacity for leadership were rarely appreciated in her lifetime. In elucidating fragments of Williams’ life and thought and contextualizing these, Williams’ vibrancy of faith, life, and intellect is compared to the open door described in the Revelation of John.

The Cake of Doom!
(Cover Design, Ebook Designer’s Touch™, Ebook Conversion, Ebook Distribution)
Author: Leo Whitehead

Baking a cake: a recipe for success or a recipe for disaster? It’s up to you—in this story the decisions are yours.

Your name is Leo, tomorrow is Mothers’ Day and you’ve decided to surprise your mother by getting up early and baking her a cake. The only problem is that you’ve never baked a cake before but, hey, you’re not going to let a minor detail like that stop you. Good luck, happy baking and BE CAREFUL!

How to Be More Organised
(Ebook Conversion, Ebook Distribution)
Author: Lena Turvey

Are you are too busy and stressed? Are you drowning in paperwork? Do you have thousands of emails in your inbox?

Well this book is for you. With step-by-step plans and useful routine ideas, How to Be More Organised explains how you can increase your productivity at work and home without working any harder.

Can you scan my print book and create an ebook?


While it is better to start with the manuscript in digital form (Word doc, PDF etc.) we can assist those who only have the print copy of their book.

In order to recreate your book digitally with live (searchable/editable) text we need to go through a scanning process then apply OCR (Optical Character Recognition). The OCR program recognises the letters and reforms them into live text.

While this process is continually improving, there are still some introduced errors. These are usually caught by a thorough proofread.

Once we have the digital manuscript we can begin the ebook conversion process as normal.

Read more on this at australianebookpublisher.com.au/faq.php#scan


“Thank you for helping me realise my dream. My book, When Lollipop Ladies Attack!, came up beautifully. The designer was so easy to work with and always willing to hear my opinions and make changes, and the whole experience has been very satisfying. The Print on Demand option is surprisingly affordable and gives a self-published author the opportunity to see themselves in print at a very reasonable cost.”—Vicki Englund, author of When Lollipop Ladies Attack!

See you next time!

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