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

(Unpalatable) food for thought, here. I so hope this doesn’t happen.

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

    • Somehow, I overlooked your comment until a minute ago. Sorry, Staci! I agree, this is interesting, but alarming. I love CreateSpace. I order my books 50 to 100 or so at a time, and have them within a few days. They look great and sell everywhere I go. I have several venues which order from me monthly, too. I do NOT want to rock that boat. Having a choice is one thing. Being forced into making changes I don’t want is something else altogether. It will be interesting to see what comes of this.

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    • I feel exactly the same, Debby. But it seems to be a growing feeling that it’s only a matter of time, so I figure I’d better learn how to work with other POD printers, so I’m prepared when it happens. I will not go gently into that . . . erm . . . well. You get my drift. 🙂

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