Createspace works in mysterious ways

May 18, 2012 at 5:06 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

I logged into Createspace today, which is no longer a daily activity for me, the way it was when I first published Scar. Sometimes I’ll go a couple of weeks without checking in.

But today I logged in and found the dashboard looks a little different. It now displays royalties earned in dollars, British pounds and Euros. I clicked around a little more, and found that there’s a whole new sales channel Scar wasn’t enrolled in: Amazon Europe.

When I got started with Creatpace, I paid extra – $35 or something like that – to have my book placed in their Extended Distribution Channel (EDC). This would help my book get listed in non-US Amazon sites, such as Amazon.co.uk, .de, .fr and so on. A while ago, they did away with this system and started including EDC for everyone.

Now they’ve changed the system again, and it’s actually a good thing. It seems they’ve finally realised the whole point of print-on-demand, and started printing books in the country they are ordered in. This means faster shipping times for customers and, thanks to lower production costs, (slightly) higher royalties for authors. Honestly, it’s ridiculous that it’s taken them this long to figure it out. It’s not as though Europe doesn’t have printing facilities, after all. Why print a book in America and ship it across the world when you can just send a computer file?

It’s all good news for those of us who sell books overseas. I just wish Createspace had let us know when the changes were made; an email would have been nice.

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