Pay International Authors via Amazon Payments/PayPal/bank account
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Pay International Authors via Amazon Payments/PayPal/bank account

    1. Sarah Billington
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      Sarah Billington

      Melbourne, Australia

As you know, independent authors put a lot of time and energy into our writing and we are so thankful for the opportunity Amazon provides for us to earn a living doing what we love.
Except a lot of that living is stripped from us through bank charges for processing international cheques.

I was excited to receive my first two cheques recently, smallfry compared to some authors, one was for $17, the other for $56.
Except my bank charges $25 to bank a single cheque.
For my $17 cheque, I will be paying THEM to bank it for me. If I choose not to cash in my royalties on that $17 cheque, it makes it nothing but a pretty piece of paper. A piece of paper that represents about 51 readers.

Of my $73 in royalties, $50 would go toward bank fees, leaving me with $23US (not that I can actually deposit the $17 cheque at all). BEFORE currency conversion to Australian dollars.

I am just one example.

Other banks charge $40 to process international cheques.

I have heard of another author whose country of residence will not process US cheques so they have to GO TO ANOTHER COUNTRY to deposit royalties.

Smashwords pays authors via PayPal so it can't be too hard for Amazon to do so, or update Amazon Payments so that international users can be paid that way as well.


It would also save you money on international postage of cheques. Win-win, right?

I know and believe that Amazon cares about its authors and this step would help us all across the globe.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. Added Amazon Payments as potential payment option

      Sarah Billington
      Petition Organizer

      This petition has fostered a lot of worthy discussion and debate and one such item of discussion is the unlikelihood of Amazon utilising PayPal due to its ownership by Ebay, their competitor.
      Amazon Payments, Amazon's own version of PayPal was raised as a viable option - if of course, its usage was not restricted to US citizens.

      So I have added Amazon Payments as another possibility for payment of royalties to international authors instead of cheques.
      Keep discussing and sharing the petition!

    3. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Neville Martin AUSTRALIA
      • 9 months ago

      I am an Australian author about to sell books via Amazon.

    • Divye Sharma INDIA
      • 9 months ago

      as an Indian i cannot sometimes trust to give away my bank info but i find paypal to be a median for exchange of money

    • Andrew Boland BEAUMARIS, AUSTRALIA
      • 10 months ago

      There's no other way to see most of what I make from Amazon as an Australian!

    • Vincent Berg KITTY HAWK, NC
      • 10 months ago

      The idea that you're trying to capture a new electronic frontier (books) while using business practices from the 19th century is striking. Most authors make little enough as it is, and for self-published authors, your distribution of book profits is already low. Most authors I know are quite reluctant to use Amazon because they realize it just won't pay. Forcing them to pay banking charges on top of that is only adding insult to injury.

    • Marina Hill HAZEL PARK, MI
      • 10 months ago

      This is outrageous. I'm not an independent author, nor am I officially published, but I've talked to people who are-and this is ridiculous. These people make a small amount of income as it is, and these fees aren't worth it. To me, it's not fair for people to bust their butts doing what they love so other people can read it, only to lose money from the process.


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