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CreateSpace and KDP to Become One Service

CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) are becoming one service--making KDP the single place to publish and manage your print and digital books. To learn more about the move, see the topics below.

 

Lulu.com has their own take how this merger may impact the independent publishing world and it doesn't look too favorable.
 

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Yeah this process will jack up a lot of indie authors. The video (below) makes the transition it look simple, but even a simple process that is unfamiliar will cause a lot of frustration for the less than super tech savvy.  Of course there will be no shortage of professionals to help authors make the transition.  

 

I already see that CreateSpace Cover Creator designs aren't compatible with Cover Creator on KDP. 

 

What is MOST amazing is the "Amazon Royalty."  Here is where Amazon gets you and their own price calculator make the very plain.  I will write more about this when i get a second.

 

But here is the gist:  For a 240 page book if you print with me (AALBC Prints Books) the unit cost is $3.87 per book (assuming a 200 book print run, less for larger print runs).  If you sell the book you will make $11.13 (ignoring shipping). 

 

Now if you print and sell the books via Amazon, the pricing cost is $3.73/book, but Amazon wants an astonishing $5.27 or $7.54 (with expanded distribution) that is 2/3's of the profit of the book!

 

@Mel Hopkins I gather KDP requires that authors give Amazon the exclusive right to sell their books --  unless the author pays for expanded distribution.  Is that right?

 

Amazon can get away with this because they monopolize the online sale of books.  For Black books, they essential monopolize the sale of ALL book bt electronic and physical ebooks.

 

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@Troy   I just saw this on Ingramspark distribution page  -
 

 


"Entering into exclusive deals with Amazon and beyond limits your distribution and your book’s potential reach. While Amazon is a very large part of overall book sales, it is not the whole marketplace and we recommend not wagering your book’s future by ignoring every other retail option. Doing so could be turning your back on potential sales."

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Seriously, I'm so glad that aalbc is in the printing business too - because amazon is on some crazy ish!

16 minutes ago, Troy said:

I gather KDP requires that authors give Amazon the exclusive right to sell their books --  unless the author pays for expanded distribution.  Is that right?

 

@Troy when I had a kindle book through amazon, I didn't enter any agreements that required them to have exclusive rights. For example, if an author agreed to the rent a book type program, I think it's called "Amazon prime reading" then you had to give amazon exclusive rights to your digital book.  There was another program they promoted too but I can't remember the name. Needless to say I said "no".   I don't give away my rights to anyone.   ( I barely like writing "work for hire" lol).  Anyway, I removed my books in 2014 or 2016, I think, because I didn't like the path Amazon was heading down.

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