I am well aware that they are not technically a publisher. Book distributor, whatever. What I want to know is if they accurately report sales made through their site. Anyone know anything about the owners, and how honest they are?
Yes, but my understanding is those titles came out of a special contest.
Added Note: Their customer service rocks!
You need to get a US ITIN (International Taxpayer Identification Number) to sell through ARe, Amazon, to sign with an American publisher... pretty much everything.
The Catch-22 of it is that you can't get an ITIN until someone in the States says you need one. I don't know if ARe provides letters (they probably do); I'm pretty sure Amazon does; I know most publishers do.
So you get the letter; fill out the ITIN application (you can Google it); deal with the identification requirements (if you live in a big city you can just go to the passport office and get them to make a certified/registered/authorized/whatever copy of your passport. If you live in the country it's more of a pain); mail it off; and wait about six weeks, at least in my case. Then they send you an ITIN and you're good to go.
If you need more details, let me know, but that's the general idea.
I've been wanting to upload my books there, but keep hitting a snag whenever I try creating a publisher account. They keep asking me for an US tax ID, only problem is, I'm Canadian so I have no idea how to go about getting one. Any other Canadians (or otherwise) have any experience with this?