- Print-On-Demand [POD for short] is new tech that allows books to be printed one at a time instead of in hundreds.
- Print-On-Demand means authors don’t have to buy 100’s of their own print books.
- 3 biggest Print-On-Demand printers are Lulu, IngramSpark, and Amazon KDP.
- Lulu & IngramSpark have print facilities in Australia. Both are more expensive than KDP but Aussie authors save a lot in postage [and time].
- Aussie authors wanting to print with IngramSpark must have an ABN and pay a $53 setup fee for each book.
- Aussie authors wanting to get an ABN should read this how-to first: https://acflory.wordpress.com/2018/04/22/how-to-apply-for-an-abn-the-basics/
- Print-On-Demand works with standard trim sizes only. For table of trim sizes see : https://www.createspace.com/Special/Pop/book_trimsizes-pagecount.html
- Trim size = physical size of book after pages glued inside cover & trimmed.
- Page size templates for all trim sizes can be found on the KDP website: https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/topic/G201834230
- Convert Word A4 pages to trim size pages via the Word Page Setup dialog box.
- ISBN = 13 digit no. that identifies your book worldwide. Buy your own ISBN or accept the free one offered by KDP.
- The downside of a free ISBN is that it can only be used with the company that issued it.
- Aussie authors can buy ISBNs from Thorpe-Bowker: https://www.myidentifiers.com.au/
- As a rule of thumb, print, ebook & audiobooks all need their own ISBN.
- Books printed via KDP are listed on Amazon automatically.
- To publish Kindle ebooks go to: https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/
- Amazon supplies ebooks with ASIN identifiers so ISBN not strictly necessary.
- If you want to ‘go wide’ & sell with other retailers as well as Amazon, your own ISBN is a must.
- Most POD printers prefer PDF files but will accept Word files.
- Before converting from Word to PDF, ensure all Word fonts are embedded in the document. See: https://acflory.wordpress.com/2018/05/19/how-to-make-word-16-embed-all-your-fonts/
- File/Export completed Word doc. to PDF. Then upload that PDF to the POD printer of your choice.
- With KDP print, royalty = List Price – Print costs.
- With KDP, Print costs= Sales Channel % + Fixed Charges + Per Page Charge.
- With KDP, Standard sales channel % = 40% of List Price, Expanded sales channel % = 60%.
- Spine of [paperback] cover = trim size & no. of pages.
- KDP cover template from: https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/cover-templates Select trim size from drop down list, enter page count & paper colour, then download template.
- Lulu cover template from: http://www.lulu.com/create/books Select trim size, type in page count, click Spine Width. Note down spine dimensions. Download template.
- Lulu cover template is for front and back covers individually. If creating your own, all in one cover, ADD the width of the spine to the width of the 2 covers to get exact measurements.
- KDP & IngramSpark cover templates both include the spine and are easier to use than Lulu’s templates.
- Barcodes for KDP – included at no cost.
- Barcodes for IngramSpark – included at no cost.
- Barcodes for Lulu – not included. Bar codes must be provided in black and white and should be 1.75″ wide x 1″ high (4.445 x 2.54 cm)
- When converting covers to PDF for KDP paperback, “Press Quality” and “PDF/X-1a” both work.
- When converting covers to PDF for Lulu, you are advised to set compatibility mode to PDF 1.3, but the newer PDF/X-1a works too.
- Total page no. of book = pages AFTER conversion to chosen trim size [not A4 Word pages].
- Amazon deducts 30% withholding tax from each sale. Aussies can claim exemption to reduce tax to 5%.
- Withholding tax exemption: US TIN = Australian Tax File No.
- Aussie authors must deposit 1 copy of each published book with the National Library of Australia: https://www.nla.gov.au/legal-deposit
- Aussie authors must also deposit 1 copy of each published book with their state library: https://www.nla.gov.au/legal-deposit/australia-wide
- Aussie authors – for Legal Deposit FAQ see:https://www.nla.gov.au/legal-deposit-faq
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I never thought I’d be reliant on the pension when I got to be ancient but…there you go. Life is what it is. So when can I go on the pension, exactly?
Oh, my Mum was much younger than that when she went on the pension, but I guess there are a lot more of us Baby Boomers now, so I guess it’s fair that the government [both Libs and Labor] would want to draw out the pension age.
Last time I checked, pensioners receive at least $100 more per week than the unemployed. $100 per week is $5,200 per year and more than $50,000 over ten years…
But wait! News just in: starting from July next year  the eligible age for the pension will go up by six months every two years until it hits 67.
Bangs head on desk. I can’t bear it. What if ‘they’ move the goal posts again? I may never get the pension…
-reads the criteria again-
Hang on a minute. It doesn’t say the pension age will go up by six months every six months! It’ll only go up once every two years, so…
-uses her fingers and toes-
It’s okay! I’ll only be 65 and a half when I become eligible!
-faints with relief-
All jokes aside, I did completely misread the eligibility criteria, and I know I’m not the only one so here’s a much easier to understand table of how the increase in the pension age will work:
The arrows are mine, the info. is from the Department of Human Services.
As a woman of a certain age -cough- I’m safe. Unless something radical happens in the next couple of years, I won’t have to wait until I’m 67 to get the pension, which is a huge relief. Now if only I could win the lottery and not have to rely on the pension at all…
Anyone know where I put that Tatts ticket?