Createspace & More Book Depository

Eoin Purcell

Amazon as publisher
Createspace has been launched by Amazon and there is MUCH discussion of it.

It combines the power of a Lulu.com or a Blurb.com with Amazon retail prowess. It could be a game changer except that the cost per unit remains stubbornly high. As the Petrona blog spells out:

Amazon’s share of each sale is calculated by taking a fixed charge of $3.15 per copy, plus a charge per page ($0.02 or $0.12 per black and white or colour page, respectively), plus a percentage of the list price (30% for sales through Amazon.com). So a 100-page black and white book sold on Amazon with a list price of $25.00 would earn an author a royalty of $12.35 per sale.

If I get that right the author gets about 49.4% and Amazon the rest. For the author that is no bad deal but the 100 page books that sell at that kind of price are few and far between so the sample is a little unrealistic. A 350 page book @ $25.00 on the other hand would result in about $7.45 flowing back to the author but Amazon pocketing about $17.55. But even more realistically that book might sell for $20.00 so it would result in $3.85 for the author and $16.15 for Amazon. It is impressive capture of value on their part to be fair.

The money/success issue
I cannot decide if this is good or bad. I have previously considered the dangers Blurb and the like pose to niche publishers and feel that at that level the act as a more efficient form of self publishing. They draw borderline commercial projects out of the pool. They also ensure that self publishers can publish without getting fleeced but also do take the odd book that a publisher who specialises in limited run could have made money on.

I simply cannot make up my mind of this is big news or not. I think it is because book buyers on Amazon don’t care who published a book so long as they can get it and if there is information and good reviews a self published book is as likely to sell off it as traditionally published one.

As for the Book depository
They launched a give away! And I got one! Go there and get one if there is one left and remember it is the first of many!

Thinking long and hard
Eoin

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4 comments

  1. Hi Eoin,

    I’ve been following some of this discussion and I have to agree I find the examples a tad on the deceptive side. Sure it looks good for some types of books, but not such a great deal for most long fiction. It will be interesting to see how this develops.

  2. If writers are smart they will stay away from this so, so deal amazon is offering. This will lower the numbers for amazon and that will force them to lower the price in order to compete in this segment of the market.

    Thanks for this blog, I enjoy reading it so I’m adding it to my blogroll.

    The scientifically impossible I do right away
    The spiritually miraculous takes a bit longer

  3. I am just finding out about these publishing sites particularly Amazon but I would like to see examples of the books and how they actually look. Are they well made with good visuals or mediocre quality such as light weight of paper and poor printing of type and/or pictures.

    Do you know where samples can be viewed? I could find none on amazon.

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