This week I have been investigating publishing with Apple Books. This is now possible even if you don’t have an Apple device, and I have included a link to a very helpful article on this topic in the comments, with some links in it to other related articles.
However during this process I discovered that authors based in Australia need to be registered for GST (Goods and Services Tax) in order to be able to sell my books in the Australian iBooks store.
Here in Australia, businesses do not have to be registered for GST unless their turnover exceeds $75,000 per year. And it costs $70 to just register for GST.
After doing a little more research, I learned there are two options.
If you register, Apple will be happy and you’ll have the headache of extra admin and GST reporting and your books will appear on the Australian store.
If you don’t register, Apple may or may not offer your book on the Australian store BUT if they do, the proceeds from all sales will be withheld until you register for GST.
I found another article which explained the plight of Australian authors trying to sell on the Apple iBooks store, explaining the situation in more detail.
I hope this information is helpful for you. For now I will be sticking with sales from my own website, and from Kobo and Google Play Books.