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Friday, 2 January 2015

VAT UPDATE: A REPORT FROM A FUGITIVE.

Had a look at my prices on both sides of the ocean, and that's the fastest any of my files went through the publishing process. The changes are done.
   Maybe the files changed within minutes, as pricing was the only alteration. The same publishing quirk is still in force. Updating all the products, the last to go through is always WITCHES.
   Even though it is often sent through before the others, some alphabetical queue forms around the titles and that one stumbles in at the end. I'll have to put out a zombie story, then republish everything, to see if the glitch still applies.
   Within minutes of my earlier blog, I was e-mailed by Amazon about VAT changes. I'd stared at the pricing grid and wondered about the cost over in Italy.
   There's an extra quirk in Italy's pricing. There's a special rate of VAT for e-books with ISBN. Without ISBN, the tax is 22%, but, with one, the rate drops to 4% - a level of near-Luxembourgian luxury, Jeeves.
   Will I rush off and add ISBN to my books? (Technically, Neon Gods has an ISBN. It's sitting there on a CreateSpace bookshelf, struggling to come to life.)
   If all EU territories instituted a harmonised 4% VAT rate for e-books with ISBN, then hell, yes, I'd sort out that shit, your honour.

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The cost of my gerbil porn fell on this side of the ocean. No need to thank me.

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This post was scribbled within two hours of the last one I did on VAT. Usually, a republished book cycles through in four hours. This time, everything except WITCHES was up and running at the new same prices.
   Okay, well, no.
   Here, in Scotlandia, the books all cost the same as before. The gerbil porn is £0.06 cheaper. Don't go wild on the saving.
   Over in Americaland, all prices fell slightly. WITCHES will toe the line come tomorrow morning, or I'll know the reason why. Grrr. Mutter. Mumble. Pretend grumpiness. Etc.

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