Taxing time for Amazon et al – and me
Amazon, Google and Starbucks are not paying enough corporation tax in the UK. That was the excuse I needed to stop surfing the net about how to publish your ebook through Kindle Direct Publishing – an Amazon service. The coffee I could buy from Costa – a company that does pay their way.
But my problem goes deeper than boycotting multinationals who want to use our infrastructure but not contribute to its cost. I’m trying to think of any excuse not to do, well, anything. A fellow playwright had told me to set the first draft deadline of my next play for the end of January. Ha! That was easy enough. It’s written in my diary. I just haven’t written anything else. Like the blog. Or the play.
Then I was going to e-publish my first play (Martini Bond) over the festive period. It’s just that, well, I haven’t done that either. Of course, Amazon not paying its tax was the excuse I needed to boycott them, which was easy seeing as I don’t actually shop there. It just gave me a different problem – where am I going to sell my eventual ebook? But then I couldn’t use Google to find a rival to Amazon – so I still did nothing.
Well, I did think about doing it all. But that was exhausting and, erm, stressful because I wasn’t doing what I was supposed to be doing. And I couldn’t relax in Starbucks with an Americano. Not that I buy my coffee from there. It’s just now I couldn’t.
So I thought: “Stuff it” – and just poured myself a drink. Well, it was Christmas. And then I did this:
Yea! I did something. A flyer for our next show: Martini Bond goes to Salford, near Manchester in March.
Are you bothered by companies who don’t pay their corporation tax? Where else can you sell your books other than Amazon? Did you suffer a loss of writing mojo over the holidays? I’d love to hear your views.