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Offline Kath Middleton Reading Hell, yes!
08 Feb 2018, 09:43 PM | Post: #31

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RE: Amazon paperbacks

Usually author copies don't count towards your sales ranking.
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Offline Campbell
09 Feb 2018, 12:18 AM | Post: #32

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RE: Amazon paperbacks

Author copies have no impact on sales rank at all. It's the same as wholesale from createspace; it just doesn't touch the retail side of things (and even if it did, bulk copies only show one unit boost per order, not the number of units sold in total).
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Offline Anna Faversham Reading
09 Feb 2018, 10:00 AM | Post: #33

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RE: Amazon paperbacks

Re sales ranking - thanks Kath and Sean. 

Does anyone have any idea of the quality and convenience compared with CreateSpace?
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Offline nigel p bird Reading
09 Feb 2018, 10:45 AM | Post: #34

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RE: Amazon paperbacks

I've only ever used Createspace, so I'm not much help here. I'd be interested in how you find Amazon if you decide to go that way. And good luck.
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Offline J.T. McDaniel Reading Rendezvous South Atlantic by Douglas Reeman
09 Feb 2018, 04:05 PM | Post: #35

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RE: Amazon paperbacks

In terms of quality, KDP Print and CreateSpace produce an essentially identical product. KDP does expect you to know what you're doing, while CS will do a bit more hand holding. As yet, KDP only distributes their print books on Amazon. CS has extended distribution.
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Offline Anna Faversham Reading
09 Feb 2018, 09:19 PM | Post: #36

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RE: Amazon paperbacks

Thanks both. I'm wavering... I hate making decisions.
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Offline nigel p bird Reading
10 Feb 2018, 10:26 AM | Post: #37

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RE: Amazon paperbacks

I've just been trying to 'retire' some of my titles from Createspace as they've been taken up for publication elsewhere later this year. It's not an easy process and involves sending an email to kill them off. I believe that if I wanted to publish them again at any point then I'd have to start all over again and suspect that this might not be the case through KDP (unpublishing and publishing ebooks there simply involves the push of a button).
The expanded distribution at CS might be a useful thing, but (as far as I can tell) it's not possible to trace sales when they happen. In terms of sales through CS, I've had limited success. What I've quite enjoyed over the years is sudden boosts to books - 30 or 40 can go at once for no clear reason and that's a lovely feeling when it happens. These boosts may have been rare, but they've always been appreciated. Apart from anything, it's a treat to have such mysterious purchases (libraries, I presume, as they do seem to come in multiples of ten.
My own stumbling block at Amazon has been with the covers. It seems (and I may be wrong or things may have changed) that you have to upload a designed cover, whereas at CS you can add versions of the ebook cover quite easily. If I'm wrong on that, please let me know for the next time.
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10 Feb 2018, 10:36 AM | Post: #38

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RE: Amazon paperbacks

Thanks, Nigel.

I plan to stay with Amazon for the moment i.e. no expanded distribution. If/when I move on to that, I suppose there is the possibility of CreateSpace having changed considerably. 

I presume that with print books, however they are created, I can hawk them around other outlets (local shops, for instance) without upsetting Amazon? I suppose somewhere in the vast unknown (to me) chasms of Amazon, there are guidelines.
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Offline J.T. McDaniel Reading Rendezvous South Atlantic by Douglas Reeman
11 Feb 2018, 02:55 AM | Post: #39

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RE: Amazon paperbacks

I do my print books entirely with inDesign, interior and covers. You want a pdf for both, though at one time covers were more commonly an uncompressed cmyk tiff. It's an expensive programme, but the resulting typography is wonderful. For covers, you can import the photographs/illustrations for the background, and then do the typographic elements in something that allows you a great deal more control than something designed purely for graphics.

Anna, you can sell them anywhere you wish. Amazon publishing agreements are not exclusive, so you can even have a second or third printer involved if you so desire. For example, my old novel, Bacalao, is published as a paperback at both Lightning Source and KDP Print. The former can be bought anywhere, the latter only at Amazon. The ISBN is the same for both, by the way, as the physical books are identical.
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RE: Amazon paperbacks

I finally got around to putting out something on Amazon's paperback platform at KDP. To be honest, it's a lot like Createspace, but it did feel quicker and more efficient somehow. I didn't go through the whole process as recommended in terms of the software you can download to format the book, but downloaded the template (identical to the CS one) and made the PDF. I'm pleased with the result, at least online, and may buy a copy to see what it actually looks like. In many ways, this one's purely to see how it works. There wasn't an option for distribution for CS in terms of where it can be available, so I'm assuming/hoping that will be automatic. There also seemed to be a little less information when it came to the pricing, but there was still enough. I'd go as far as recommending it and now, at least for this collection, I won't have the buttons flashing at me every time I want to change something. Hope that's useful.
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