I wanted to share a significant discrepancy I noticed between the printing costs associated with Createspace versus that of Lulu.

Create Space Royalty:

For a standard 300 page, B&W interior, 8" x 5.25" paperback, the equation for calculating Royalty is as follows: 0.6x - 4.5 = R where x = list price and R is equal to the Royalty. So, if you want to make a $1.00 dollar royalty, you will need to list your book for $9.17.

Lulu Royalty:

For a standard 300 page, B&W interior, 8.26" x 5.8" paperback (the size is a little larger, but negligible overall), the equation for calculating Royalty is as follows: 0.5x - 7.5 = R where x = list price and R is equal to the Royalty. So, if you want to make a $1.00 dollar royalty, you will need to list your book for $17.00.

As you can see in the equation(s) above, the manufacturing cost for Lulu is $7.50 or 2.5 cents per page and that for Createspace is $4.50 or 15 cents per page. Why the difference? The reason is that Lulu does not currently offer the cheaper publisher grade paper for international distribution. So, unless you plan on only selling on Lulu, you're book will have to be designed with the heavier, more expensive "standard" paper. Granted, the standard paper is much nicer and heavier, but most store bought novels use the thinner publisher grade.

The second difference, although not as substantial, is that Amazon takes a little larger cut from Lulu (50% of list price) than it does from Createspace (40% of list price) for this specific example.

Although I really do like Lulu and their platform, their costs just aren't as competitive as CreateSpace. And I don't feel comfortable asking people to shell out 17 dollars for a paperback by an unknown author such as myself. But, with Createspace and their cheaper paper option, I can ask for 10 bucks, which I think is a reasonable price. So, I guess I'm gonna continue with Createspace unless Lulu starts offering distribution with the cheaper paper.

I hope this helps.

Andrew Seaward

Book:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007B7GJGE