Thanks to the European Union’s new Value Added Tax rules, it has become less profitable for independent writers like me to distribute ebooks through platforms like Amazon and Smashwords. Previously I attempted to get around additional tax burdens through selling directly to customers using CoinLock, Gumroad and Shopify. Unfortunately, the new VAT ruling makes me liable for filing VAT-related paperwork, including tracking customer address data and paying VAT to the EU member states. There is also a degree of legal ambiguity regarding exchanging ebooks for Bitcoin and related cryptocurrencies — while Bitcoin is not considered a legal currency in Europe, the ebook is still a digital product subject to VAT rules. The new VAT regulations favour huge corporations and places onerous burdens on small businesses like mine.
Consequently, I have deactivated my Gumroad and Shopify accounts, and will no longer be using CoinLock. Instead, I have switched to a new platform, Payhip, which will handle VAT for me. This allows me to focus on the business of writing quality works instead of pleasing paperwork-obssessed bureaucrats. However, Payhip does not have a native distribution or publicity mechanism. This is where you come in.
I am offering a 30% discount to all readers who share my Payhip ebooks on social media. To receive your discount, all you have to do is select the option for a social discount and share the links to my ebooks on Facebook and Twitter. This discount will last indefinitely.
You can find links to my current books below:
I have also updated my bibliography page to reflect these new links.
Thank you for your support, and I look forward to delivering high-quality stories to you instead of spending my days cleaning up the #VATMESS.