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Offline Michael Sullivan

Re: Print on demand: Lightning Source Vs CreateSpace
« Reply #15 on: February 09, 2012, 08:38:18 PM »
I may be wrong but the B&N rufusal to stock Amazon books does not apply to print on demand books from CreateSpace. The issue is they are not carrying books from Amazon's Imprints (47North, Thomas and Mercer, Montlake, Encore, Crossings, and the like) Lulu is (IMHO) a good choice for hardcover books - because they have no setup fees but the amount they take per book for paperback is just MUCH more expensive than either CreateSpace or Lightning Source.

Offline Rtkaelin

Re: Print on demand: Lightning Source Vs CreateSpace
« Reply #16 on: June 05, 2012, 04:20:25 AM »
CreateSpace books are definitely available via B&N.com. It takes up to 6 weeks for the book to weave its way through the system, but it gets there. Any sale made via B&N is through the Expanded Distribution option (the lowest royalty rate). Also, note: if you make a change to your cover or bookplate file, it will take up to 6-8 weeks for it to, again, make it's way through the ether.

Offline DRMarvello

Re: Print on demand: Lightning Source Vs CreateSpace
« Reply #17 on: June 08, 2012, 01:18:59 AM »
CreateSpace books are definitely available via B&N.com. It takes up to 6 weeks for the book to weave its way through the system, but it gets there. Any sale made via B&N is through the Expanded Distribution option (the lowest royalty rate). Also, note: if you make a change to your cover or bookplate file, it will take up to 6-8 weeks for it to, again, make it's way through the ether.

Makes sense. When you opt for Expanded Distribution, CreateSpace puts your book into the Ingram Catalog. Who gets listed as the publisher in the Ingram Catalog depends upon who owns the ISBN. So, Amazon is never the publisher, although CS might be listed as the publisher if you use one of their freebie ISBNs.
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Offline Mary C. Moore

Anyone else had a problem with large CS print runs?
« Reply #18 on: September 27, 2012, 09:22:36 PM »
I did a 50 book print run for my book launch party. The cover looked great, but inside the typography was skewed. Some of the words were darker than others, as if I had bolded half of my manuscript in random places. I called customer service and she was very nice, had me send in a copy for review... they deemed it: "While they have found some inconsistencies with the printing of the interior, they have not found it to be outside of our production variance. However, as a courtesy, we have placed a note on your account requesting that your future order be manufactured only at our primary printing facility."

WTF?!!! They found inconsistencies but they aren't going to replace it?

Needless to say, I am annoyed.

Anyone else have this problem?
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Offline JeroenFM

Re: Print on demand: Lightning Source Vs CreateSpace
« Reply #19 on: October 03, 2012, 01:31:35 PM »
Lulu is (IMHO) a good choice for hardcover books - because they have no setup fees but the amount they take per book for paperback is just MUCH more expensive than either CreateSpace or Lightning Source.

I don't know. My experience with Lulu's hardcovers has been rather bad (unpredictable cover outlining, shoddy binding). Might be limited to their printer in France though.

I do recommend them for paperbacks, on the other hand.

Offline Caroline Bott

Re: Print on demand: Lightning Source Vs CreateSpace
« Reply #20 on: November 10, 2012, 02:47:27 PM »
I just had a play on the Create Space area of Amazon.
Put in book size, numbers of pages, list price and so forth, and what I found was that the Kindle price is being set from the paperback price. 
If you go for CreateSpace paperbacks, is there a way to price the Kindle separately - not derived from the paperback price?

Also - can you start by doing Kindle only, then add on a CreateSpace paperback at a later date?

Offline Caroline Bott

Re: Print on demand: Lightning Source Vs CreateSpace
« Reply #21 on: November 12, 2012, 05:28:18 PM »
OK
Finished up contacting the help desk at Create Space.  The answer seems to be that the calculator thingie is just suggesting a price for the eBook version in the eStore on Create Space.  Pricing on Kindle is done directly in the Kindle account.  So you can set the Kindle price in a way that is not linked to the Create Space paperback.

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Re: Print on demand: Lightning Source Vs CreateSpace
« Reply #22 on: December 02, 2012, 02:53:19 PM »
If you go for CreateSpace paperbacks, is there a way to price the Kindle separately - not derived from the paperback price?

Also - can you start by doing Kindle only, then add on a CreateSpace paperback at a later date?

Yes, Createspace is mainly for paperback versions of your book (though you can have them do an ebook version for you for a price). If you are skilled in ebook formatting, however, you can do this yourself. You will need to use Amazon's KDP program to upload your ebook version to the site. http://kdp.amazon.com.

You can do Kindle first then Createspace/paperback, and you can price each one separately.

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