We have some news for you. We know that once you’ve spent a lot of time, effort and money on getting your book written, edited and proofed to a standard that you are proud of, the last thing you want to do is to print hundreds of copies and then watch them sit on a bookshelf or in a warehouse gathering dust while you try marketing plan upon marketing plan to get your hard work sold. But that picture of misery that you have in your head now doesn’t need to be your reality, and in fact, thanks to the revolution of eBooks and the guys at Amazon, getting your books sold doesn’t need to be such a nightmare.
We have spoken about eBooks a lot in our previous blogs, and it’s no secret that selling your writing in digital format is a cost effective and perhaps preferable route to take now that e-Readers and tablet computers are all the rage. However, there is another route of selling your book that you won’t find extortionate, and won’t see your printed copies looking sad and depressed on a shelf for years on end.
Amazon’s CreateSpace is an innovative Print-on-Demand service which offers some of the most competitive priced on demand printing solutions for authors and publishers out there. Designed to save space in Amazon’s sprawling warehouses, the company can easily print and bind a book as soon as the buyer clicks on the ‘Pay Now’ button on the website, and still have it delivered to the customer on time and without hassle. Publishers and authors only need to provide Amazon with a digital book file such as a PDF to enable the online retailing giant to print their masterpiece on an industrial strength printer within minutes.
Not only saving Amazon money and space on their storage, this new revolution of book printing seems to us to be a fantastic way of allowing first time authors and publishers the opportunity to have their works printed in the flesh as well as available as a digital book download without the fear, stress and pain of printing reams of copies which need to be sold quickly. Using CreateSpace couldn’t be easier; all you need is your manuscript and a book cover, both of which must be formatted to CreateSpace specifications which are both easily available online.
Although Amazon has caused controversy by asking bigger publishing giants to allow them to print on demand many of their slower selling titles, a move which publisher don’t want to take for fear of loss of quality, revenue and integrity. But while the larger publishers resist, Amazon’s Print-on-Demand service mainly caters to smaller publishers and self-published authors such as me and you, and is a great approach to seeing your book printed and bound without losing an ounce of the quality.