I've had a Kindle book on Amazon for some time and I am interested in making it also available as a paperback. But I cannot find any information on
costs involved. For example, if my ebook is converted to a paperback, what does that cost? And what would I have to charge in order to sell it as a paperback
on Amazon for a profit? $5? $10? Seems like an information gap regarding this.
Appreciate any input.
You can make the paperback yourself but if you want someone to convert it for you the cost could vary enormously depending on who you choose.
Have a search for Createspace on here. There is also a Createspace forum I believe. The alternative is KDP Print which is what I used and you can download their publishing guidelines if you Google for it.
There is no cost. However, the process will go much easier if you set up an account at CreateSpace (an Amazon division) and use their Guided option. The pricing is immediately obvious, once you know the number of pages. For a 200-250 page book, 5.5x8.5 inches, the book itself typically costs $3.50.Amazon takes 40 perfect of retail. So if you charge $10, CreateSpace gets $6 and you get $2.50. If you charge $12, the figures then are $7.20 and and $3.70.
One of the great advantages of CS is that you can sell on Barnes & Noble, the Book Depository, etc. However, the royalty is much less. I usually price my books so that I get at least a dollar from an "expanded distribution" sale. For one or two books I have actually published a separately priced version for expanded distribution, so the Amazon version sells for $12.95 and the Barnes & Noble one for $15.95.
(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook. Each does one thing well and the other thing poorly.)
You don't "convert" an e-book to paperback; you format your file to create a print edition, meaning, among other things, you add appropriate front matter and pagination, manage chapter starts, and control widows and orphans. It's not difficult, but it has a learning curve if you are inexperienced in book design. There are numerous books about how to make your book look like a professional public and, of course, everything is found on the internet.
Whether you choose CreateSpace or KDP-Print, there is no " information gap" -- full information about each service is available on the websites -- but you do need to understand all that's involved and the differences between the two services. As to how much you should charge for your book, you really need to create it first. Pricing is dependent upon print costs and that that's deter*mined by trim size chosen and number of pages. You also can't create a cover without knowing trim size, number of pages and spine width.