Amazon’s New KDP Print Feature is Bad News for CreateSpace Users

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Never use your eBook file to create a paperback!

Please share your thoughts with Diane in the comments under her original blog post 🐵

Diane Tibert

The first news I heard about KDP Print was in an email from Amazon on February 15th. Since then, I’ve read articles, blog posts and comments about it and watched the praise given by Amazon for this service dwindle quickly.

In the email, Amazon announced they were making print book publishing easier for writers. They stated, “KDP prints your book on demand and subtracts your printing costs from your royalties, so you don’t have to pay any costs upfront or carry any inventory.”

That’s what CreateSpace does. Sort of. I believe CreateSpace takes the cost of the printing of the book from the sale price, then takes a cut of the royalties. Until I see the numbers and do the math, I am unsure which service will offer a better financial deal for authors.

The message also stated, “It also enables you to receive consolidated royalty payments for paperback and…

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9 thoughts on “Amazon’s New KDP Print Feature is Bad News for CreateSpace Users

  1. Bottom Line: Buy your own ISBN and publish at Ingram first. I’m in the middle of finishing my Beginner’s Cheat Sheet on how to use InDesign to create your own Print-on-Demand interior (it’s at justcan’thelpwriting.wordpress.com). It really isn’t that hard! If you go the Ingram route, everything I’ve read says you’ll own your own ISBN, be the publisher of record as opposed to Amazon, and have more control over your book. Yes, there’s an upfront cost, but this post from Diane Tibert suggests we can’t count on having CreateSpace as an option for long, and the alternative (KDP paperbacks) is not a good choice, however “free” it might seem.

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