Episode 10: KDP Print vs CreateSpace

KDP Print vs CreateSpace Print on Demand

                                          

In this lesson, you will learn the difference between the print on demand services, KDP Print and Createspace.  Both are owned by Amazon, however, there are differences between the two that all authors should know about.  

Through this episode , hope you’ll be able to know which one you should use, and if you have used the other previously, is it worth switching your books over. 

For more in-depth information on the current comparison of the two POD’s, be sure to check out my full article on the two here.

Bio of the Author in the Case Study:

Gundi Gabrielle, aka SassyZenGirl  loves to explain complex matters in an easy to understand, fun way. As a Top 100 Business Author & Entrepreneur, she's helped hundreds of newbie authors reach #1, outranking the likes of Tim Ferris, John Grisham, Hal Elrod and Liz Gilbert.
 
When she is not writing books or enjoying a cat on her lap (or both), she is passionate about exploring the world as a Digital Nomad, one awesome adventure at a time.
More from Gundi in her newest book INFLUENCER FAST TRACK and this FREE Training Video.

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13 Comments

  1. Julie Abels on March 29, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    These merged now, right?

  2. Kari De St Germain on January 11, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    Holy @&?#! So that is what happened to my sales after I uploaded changes of my print books to CS! I was building slow but steady sales, and then I changed some interior graphics, uploaded the changes, and then… nothing…
    This will change my strategy in the future, for sure. Ugh. You need to do a podcast about this subject!

  3. Kari De St Germain on January 11, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    Holy @&?#! So that’s what happened to my sales after I uploaded changes of my print books to CS! I was building slow but steady sales, and then I changed some interior graphics, uploaded the changes, and then… nothing…
    This will change my strategy in the future, for sure. Ugh. You need to do a podcast about this subject!

  4. Ellis Shuman on December 23, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Thanks for this very informative podcast! I have two questions that were not really addressed in this comparison of the two POD platforms.

    First, as you say an author proof is only available on Createspace at this time, is there a way to see a preview online of what the print book will look like – in either platform? My first novel at Createspace had horrific formatting issues (my fault). It would be great to avoid these issues in advance.

    And second, is there any difference in the quality of the POD book between the two formats?

    Thanks again!

    • Dave Chesson on December 24, 2017 at 11:44 pm

      Hi Ellis, glad you like it. As for your questions:
      1. At the moment I don’t know of anything. But there are some formatting programs like Vellum or Jutoh that will allow you to see what it will look like before submitting.
      2. As for quality, not really. I’ve seen or heard of no specific quality on the two. I’ve seen people from both sides complain that they got a review on a poor copy, but nothing consistent.

  5. Natalia Stepanova on December 21, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Hello Dave! Great episode, as usual, I want to share my experience even I’m still really new in self-publishing. My first book has been published in kdp-print because it was so easy to do it there after I published kindle version. Then after reading so many articles, I’ve decided to move it over to CS. I had no sales at all. My ebook was selling well. I moved the book back to kdp, and it dramatically changed the situation. Actually right now I have 2 print version on my Amazon page kdp and CS. I asked kdp-support if it’s allowed they told me yes, you could do so. I don’t know if this is affecting my sales or something also but kdp print still selling much much better than CS. If you have any thoughts why is it like that I will be really glad to know it. I consider CS more stable platform too, and even kdp and CS belongs to Amazon I still have concern if Amazon decided to block my account I will be still having CS or vice versa. So it’s a really important question for me. Thanks.

    • Dave Chesson on December 21, 2017 at 4:47 pm

      Hi Natalia, so long as your CS or KDP print are linked to your ebook (as in when someone goes to your ebook, they see that there is a print version) then it shouldn’t matter. Although I’d advise not having both…just one and making sure the one is linked to your ebook sales page and vice versa. You can get this done just by contacting Amazon and asking them to (and make sure the title and subtitle are the same).

  6. Keith McArdle on December 21, 2017 at 1:08 am

    I live in Australia and have no reason to move over to KDP print, yet. One of the main reasons being that I don’t believe KDP print have a physical print house within Australia, so I’ll be paying extortionate amounts on shipping.

    At the moment, I’m with Ingram Spark (who do have a printing house in Australia), and the shipping is far cheaper than both KDP print and Createspace. I think I’ll stay where I am for the time being.

    Great podcast. Thank you!

    • Dave Chesson on December 21, 2017 at 11:42 am

      No problem and fully understandable. And thanks for listening 🙂

  7. Glenn Lapoint on December 17, 2017 at 3:59 am

    I really loved the podcast by Gundi. I learned a lot about the differences between CS and KDP print. My take away is for now anyway that CS is still a good choice for POD. If KDP keeps making such great leaps of forward progress though, they could soon overtake CreateSpace as a prime POD option. Thank you Dave for the update.

    • Dave Chesson on December 18, 2017 at 3:48 pm

      Yup! That’s my take too and glad you liked it. Gundi is amazing.

  8. MengChoro on December 16, 2017 at 8:45 am

    What a great resource. Thanks for having Gundi Gabrielle on this podcast. Seems CS is the more stable option (for now), though the issue with losing the momentum when you update the book on CS is keeping me on edge….

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