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Selling Books in Canada

I recently tried to include my book for sale but was unable to do so due to being based in Canada. Are there any plans to allow sales from other countries, and do you sell books from authors based outside of the US, despite them not being able to share in the profits? From what I can see, you do.

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Posted by
mindspan
Jul 29, 2007 4:32pm PDT
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mindspan
 

Yes…we are working through the reporting of earnings on a per country basis and compensation in a preferred currency . Once both are resolved we will extend Set Your Price to users outside the US.

We’ll be sure to announce this in the blog and forums once this is extended.

Posted by
norcaljhawk
Jul 29, 2007 9:45pm PDT
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norcaljhawk
 

Oh, man.

I was all set to order when I saw this. I’m a photographer and have a series of books I want to sell. It is perfect for me. But…

... I live in Canada.

I sure hope you get it up and online soon :)

Would the timeframe be, like, before tourist season is over? Or are we looking at Santa Claus here?

Thanks.

Posted by
KentBarrett
Jul 30, 2007 12:56pm PDT
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KentBarrett
 

It’s difficult to say right now. We are actively researching extending SYP and finding a resolution is a priority. It is the complexity of this resolution that will be the primary driver of a date.

Posted by
norcaljhawk
Jul 30, 2007 1:31pm PDT
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norcaljhawk
 

Hi, I’m a photographer working on my first photo/inspirational book and was greatly dissappointed to see Canada not listed as well. cheers, j

Posted by
mindful2me
Jul 31, 2007 4:18am PDT
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mindful2me
 

How’s the research going for international SYP?

 I’m from Belgium and I’d love to earn a little money with my book asap!

 Can you estimate when this will be possible?

It’s a bit weird since there’s international buying but not selling, isn’t it done the same way but vica versa?

Maybe you could implent PayPal, that would allow easy payments!

I’m looking forward to a reply! :) 

Posted by
ukaaa
Aug 14, 2007 9:44am PDT
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ukaaa
 

I realize it may seem like the same but, when you factor in, for tax purposes, the need to report earnings on a per country basis it becomes more complex.

Posted by
norcaljhawk
Aug 14, 2007 10:19am PDT
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norcaljhawk
 

Oh yeah of course, I forgot about those sorry :)

Posted by
ukaaa
Aug 14, 2007 11:45am PDT
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ukaaa
 

I’m not sure what the problem is. As a Canadian, I sell photos through several microstock agencies, most based in the US. They make it known that if a photographers earnings are over a certain limit (I think it is $400 US) then it is their responsibility to report that on a US tax form.

None have ever asked for any personal tax info (SIN/SS) upfront, they seem to leave it to the individual to ensure they are complying with US and local tax laws.

Are these companies not following proper procedures, or is Blurb being over cautious?

  

Posted by
dwags
Aug 14, 2007 12:24pm PDT
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dwags
 

You may be right in that we are begin overly cautious but we are doing our due diligence as this does apply to revenue and taxes.

Posted by
norcaljhawk
Aug 14, 2007 12:53pm PDT
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norcaljhawk
 

it’s not rocket science, folks. LOTS of companies are selling products and services in Canada from US sites.

The Canadian market is yours for the taking—if you resolve this issue soon. If not, there are players emerging in the domestic market that will eat your potential share. Hurry up!

Posted by
Fotoglobe
Aug 14, 2007 1:30pm PDT
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Fotoglobe
 

I’m obviously not releasing anything public before I can make some profit…

Posted by
ukaaa
Aug 14, 2007 2:02pm PDT
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ukaaa
 

Summer turns to autumn…

Posted by
KentBarrett
Sep 12, 2007 1:26pm PDT
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KentBarrett
 

HI all

You can always sell on other bookstores ….amazon.com  etc.

mC

Posted by
massimoconti
Sep 13, 2007 9:28am PDT
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massimoconti
 

that’s true, mC, it is possible to sell via Amazon, but once you factor in shipping costs from Blurb, it’s not likely anyone but your mother will buy a book.

Posted by
Fotoglobe
Sep 13, 2007 4:56pm PDT
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Fotoglobe
 

Any update on this?  When I set up my first book, ovar a year ago, this was "in the works"... now I’ve got my second book ready to go, and it doesn’t look like there’s any change.  With the UPS-only shipping option to Canada (and UPS’s brutal brokerage fees), it severly impacts my possible pricing.  Direct sales for us Canucks would greatly appreciated.

Posted by
Alex Wilson
Nov 21, 2007 11:56am PDT
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Alex Wilson
 

Yeah, can we get an update on this? I’m yet another Canadian who is anxious to use SYP. I’m going to start looking at another service if this isn’t resolved. Please don’t make me do that – I’ve invested considerable time and effort in Blurb and I like the product.

Posted by
shoesonwires
Nov 22, 2007 9:05am PDT
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shoesonwires
 

Since sending my book for publishing on November 26 I received hundreds of views on my book – before even getting a copy of it in my hands. I would like to sell it through Blurb, but I am in Vancouver BC so I cannot share in the profits. I also would not want to allow this book to be sold without a portion of the proceeds returning to me (or to a charity of my choice).

(1) Why doesn’t Blurb use PayPal to share proceeds with authors outside of the US? This works fine for eBay and has worked well when I licensed my images to US based agencies. Why not here? 

(2) If I make my book view-public, can others purchase it without my knowledge? That would be unfair to me, I would have to revert the book to private only

cheers – CWall 

Posted by
seawallrunne
Dec 1, 2007 10:03pm PDT
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seawallrunne
 

CWall….your EBay example is not applicable as EBay is facilitating a transaction between the buyer and seller not a buyer and merchant (Blurb). 

Do know we are actively looking at this complex issue of international Set Your Price and we plan to have something rolled out the first quarter of 2008.

To your second question, it is a tough one that we have wrestled with internally. On one hand the author wants to know everyone who purchased their book. A seemingly reasonable request from the author’s perspective. There are also buyers of books that want to protect their anonymtiy for the obvious reasons. We will continue to evaluate this and do what we feel is ultimately best for both buyers and sellers.

Posted by
norcaljhawk
Dec 9, 2007 7:02pm PDT
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norcaljhawk
 

any updates on profit sharing with authors outside of the USA?

Posted by
seawallrunne
Jan 19, 2008 12:35am PDT
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seawallrunne
 

CWall,

If you conduct a search query on the topic related to profit for authors OUTSIDE of the United States abroad, you could find many discussions at Blurb forum.

I have seen a couple of good rapport discussion back forth between Blurb staff and forum participants on the topic. You “are” encouraged to conduct search query.

Hope that helps.

Posted by
brianbonitz
Jan 21, 2008 5:05pm PDT
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brianbonitz
 

Blurb,

Regardless of when you roll out the SYP program, which seems to be d-r-a-g-g-i-n-g on and on since last year, in the interim please will you simply add the ability for me to see how many copies of each of my books have been sold.  This cannot possibly offend anyone’s privacy concerns.

Because I live outside the US I am unable to participate in your Set the Price option, and so have (reluctantly) decided to allow my books to be sold at cost, just for the exposure.

Now I find that I cannot even get statistics on the number of books sold.  I am making you money and getting nothing in return, not even statistics.  This has got to be an easy fix, please do this as soon as possible.

Also please expand the hit counter to differentiate by book.

Posted by
glenlan
Jan 22, 2008 4:23pm PDT
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glenlan