If you’re an author publishing your next book or an aspiring author writing your first book, here are six compelling book cover design trends you’ll see in your local bookstore and online.
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On-Demand Publishing, LLC, doing business as CreateSpace, was a print-on-demand service for self-publishing authors, owned by Amazon. CreateSpace was founded in 2000 in South Carolina as BookSurge and was acquired by Amazon in 2005. CreateSpace published books, including Kindle books, on any subject. Among other things, CreateSpace provided free tools to help authors self-publish and distribute books, DVDs, CDs, and video downloads on-demand on Amazon.com and other services.
What happened to CreateSpace?
When Amazon acquired CreateSpace in 2005, Amazon continued to build its own POD service (KDP Print). In August 2019, Amazon decided to merge CreateSpace and KDP Print. This decision forced authors to move their books to the KDP platform because KPD took over the CreateSpace core business. The good news is that you can now manage your CreateSpace content on Amazon’s improved publishing services through Kindle Direct Publishing.
How does the merger of CreateSpace and KDP impact authors?
Remember that KDP Print was already an established platform. When Amazon merged KDP and CreateSpace, KDP Print rolled out most of the features that made CreateSpace popular with self-publishing authors. In fact, most authors transferred all their CreateSpace books to KDP print because KDP lets you publish paperbacks and eBooks on a single platform. Plus, you receive royalties on a single platform too.
Some authors didn’t like that Amazon merged KDP and CreateSpace and looked at print-on-demand services from other companies.
What is the difference between CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing?
There were numerous differences between CreateSpace and KDP Print. Not all were good, but on balance, KDP offered a more flexible platform. Here are the key differences:
- Expanded distribution beyond Amazon. You must list your book on Amazon if you want to make your KDP Print book available for expanded distribution. There is no way to opt out.
- Delayed royalties. CreateSpace paid royalties 30 days after the month in which they were earned. KDP Print has doubled that time, and pays royalties 60 days after the month in which they were earned. This is obviously less ideal for authors.
- More, non-standard trim sizes. KDP Print offers several non-traditional trim sizes that you couldn’t publish on CreateSpace.
- Expanded international distribution. CreateSpace did not permit authors to distribute to Japan. KDP allows this.
- Better book update process. On KDP, if you upload a newer version of your book, you won’’t lose the old version. The old version will be available until the new version is approved and published. This limitation frustrated authors on CreateSpace because the old version simply disappeared even if had many reviews and sales.
- Integrated sales dashboard. You no longer need to look at different dashboards to track sales. Publishing and accounting are combined in a single dashboard on KDP for both Kindle and print versions of your books.
- Access to Amazon advertising. Publishers are able to purchase Amazon advertising for ebooks and print books (this was available through CreateSpace only for ebooks).
- Local printing in Europe. For authors who sold books in Europe, CreateSpace used to print books in the U.S. and ship them to Europe. This decreased your margins. KDP prints books in Europe for European publishers.
- Better author copies. KDP Print allows you to add author copies your Amazon shopping basket (which might benefit from free or expedited shipping). You no longer need to order them separately and pay separate shipping.
How are CreateSpace and KDP similar?
There were numerous similarities between CreateSpace and KDP Print:
- Prices remained the same KDP prints paperbacks, author copies, and proofs for the same price CreateSpace charged for those items.
- ISBNs As an author, you can still use your own ISBN, purchase a discounted Bowker ISBN, or obtain a free ISBN from KDP Print.
- Powerful distribution and predictable fees. KDP Print offers distribution to Amazon only (40% fee) and expanded distribution to stores other than Amazon (60% fee). But, as we noted above, if you want expanded distribution, you must also distribute to Amazon - you cannot only pick non-Amazon distribution.
- Book cover and interior design tools. KDP offers the same cover design tools and templates that were available on CreateSpace. Unfortunately, there are generic tools and templates and they won’t help you create a unique book cover. But authors didn’t lose anything as a result of the merger.
Are there self-publishing alternatives to KDP Print?
You have a number of options, including BookBaby, Blurb, and IngramSpark (the largest book distributor and wholesaler in the U.S). If you want to distribute to Amazon, KDP makes the most sense, however. Since KDP Print distributes directly to Amazon, you won't pay an Amazon fee when you distribute there. If you use another self-publisher, you will need to pay that fee.
On the other hand, if you plan to distribute to non-Amazon stores, consider IngramSpark, since most POD services go through the Ingram Book Group to distribute to non-Amazon stores. And, if you use a printer other than IngramSpark, you’ll have to pay additional fees to access Ingram’s network.
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