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

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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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Colleen M. Chesebro is an author of paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood – or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Fairy Whisperer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen lives in Colorado with her husband. When she is not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. You can learn more about Colleen at www.colleenchesebro.com.

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

  1. I’ve gotten these emails from Amazon for several months. It’s not worth it. Also, if you go with KDP for the paperback, you have to agree to never use Create Space again–at least for that particular book. I don’t like “never” in a contract. Plus, the cost of the book is much more through KDP than through Create Space. I can order my own books for a fraction of the cost (but have to pay shipping) that allows me to make a decent profit. Not so through KDP. I say no to this “service.” And I don’t know any authors who have gone this route.

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    1. My research led me to the same conclusions. I wish CreateSpace had a site where you could search for books. I intend on using that medium too. This is just another way for Amazon to make money off of struggling writers. 😀

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