New Amazon “Print Book” Publishing Services: Why Use Amazon Instead of Createspace
Amazon’s new publishing services for print books has been a long time coming, but is finally here! This new Amazon service was highly anticipated by eager self-published authors like myself. The news about this promising resource is quickly starting to spread. Some people mistakenly think that this means Amazon versus Createspace, but there really is no competition. For those who don’t know it; Amazon actually owns Createspace. With that being said, if you’e a self-published author, you may be asking yourself a question? Why publish your print book with Amazon instead of Createspace?
Applause for Createspace
I intend to share some very good reasons why I believe self-published authors should publish your print books with Amazon instead of Createspace. But before I do, I want to give some applause for Createspace and the opportunites that they have provided to self-published authors. Their history spans back to 2002, even before they were acquired by Amazon.com. Createspace offers individuals the option of self-publishing their manuscripts through a guided step-by-step process; thereby turning them into print publications. This process gives authors the ability to have books printed on demand and distributed to them hassle-free after payment.
I applaud the ease and user-friendliness of the Createspace website, as well as the different options for help if you ran into a publishing issue. But more than anything, as an author, I am grateful for the books that were published and printed via Createspace, with no upfront overhead to me. This is a much better option than me having to purchase a stockpile of books, find somewhere to store them, and mail or distribute them myself. But while Createspace is actually a great website and very beneficial for self-publishing; Amazon has some definite advantages.
Amazon Publishing Advantages
When it comes to the advantages that Amazon can offer, it makes more sense to have Amazon instead of Createspace publish your print book. For one thing, most self-published authors with new and existing titles already have an Amazon KDP account for their Kindle and other digital book formats. Now, they’ll be able to publish and manage the print version right there on the same dashboard area. This is a big convenience and prevents having to log in and out of multiple websites, toggling between the digital and the print titles.
Another big advantage is being able to view all your book sales and stats in one place. You can monitor things a whole lot better this way, and determine how to create the best and most efficient marketing campaigns. And of course, by both formats of your book being located on the same platform, your marketing efforts are combined. Between Amazon’s popularity and your own promotional activities, your marketing efforts should prove to be more effective.
More Print Books
I think that more authors will be choosing to publish their print books with Amazon instead of Createspace because of how convenient Amazon makes it. Not all self-published authors have print formats of their books, only digital. Some don’t have print versions of their books because they don’t have enough pages to meet the Createspace mininum for printing. Some authors simply didn’t want to bother going to an additional website and navigating through the process of formatting and publishing a print version.
After finally revising and completing an entire manuscript, formatting and uploading the digital version is headache enough. Sometimes authors simply put off publishing a print version right away, only to never actually get around to doing it. Now, you’ll have the option constantly in your face, everytime you view your existing digital titles. This will no doubt prompt a lot more authors to go ahead and publish a print book. I can’t speak for everyone, but I’m glad for the new Amazon “print book” publishing services. I just used them recently to publish my book:
Currently in “Beta”
Amazon’s print book publishing services is currently in “beta”, which means that not all the bugs are worked out yet. When I first found out about Amazon’s new service, I had already started the publishing process for my print book at Createspace. In fact, I had just received the second “proof” copy from Createspace and all I needed to do was log into the website and “approve” the results. After reading Amazon’s instructions on how authors could transfer existing titles from Createspace, I decided to do it. Even though I realize that this Amazon publishing service is still in “beta”, I proceeded to make the transfer anyway.
Well, as luck would have it, the whole process went smoothly, right up until it didn’t. I got as far as uploading my “interior” file (the guts of the book), as well as my book cover. Both were accepted successfully without a problem, only I wasn’t able to view the contents when I clicked the “Launch Previewer” button. Since the system won’t allow you to proceed without previewing the contents, I came to a standstill. As of right now, I’m patiently waiting to hear from Customer Support, or to see if they plan to post any related details in their forum. I’m sure they’ll have the issue corrected in no time.
It doesn’t matter though, because I still feel I made the right move by transferring my title. Createspace is actually a popular name with a lot of authors. But let’s face it; Amazon is a household name all around the globe. Customers are more prone to buy their books from a distributor they’re familiar with. I also suspect that authors will get extra exposure if they get their titles printed right away via Amazon’s print book services. Amazon is currently running a big marketing campaign to advertise this new service. Why not take advantage of it during this time and choose to have Amazon print your book instead of Createspace.