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Android makes it really easy to publish your application on the official Android Market. All you have to do is register as a developer for a one-time fee of $US25. Depending on the country you live in, this developer account will allow you to put up free and/or paid applications (see Chapter 1 for a list of countries you can sell applications from). Google is working hard to expand the number of countries you can sell applications to and from.

To register an account, visit and follow the instructions given there.

In addition to your Android developer account, you will also need to register for a Google Checkout merchant account if you want to sell applications. This option is offered to you during the sign-up process. I'm not a lawyer, so I cannot give you any legal advice at this point. Make sure you understand the legal implications of selling an application before you do so. If in doubt, consider consulting an expert on the matter. I don't mean to scare you off by this, as the process is pretty streamlined in general.

However, the tax department of your government might want to know about what you are doing.

Google will take 30% from your hard earned money for distributing your app and providing the infrastructure. That seems to be pretty much standard for all the application stores on the various platforms.

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