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captainpee

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Changing from createspace to publisher
Posted: Nov 9, 2017 4:23 AM
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I currently have ten books on Kindle and Createspace. I have a local publisher interested in printing some of them. My question is, can I just remove them from Createspace without getting myself into trouble?
Joseph M Erhardt

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Re: Changing from createspace to publisher
Posted: Nov 9, 2017 4:42 AM   in response to: captainpee in response to: captainpee
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For paperbacks, I don't think CreateSpace requires any exclusivity. (They're just a printer, and you should be able to use multiple printers.) See what others here say.

Of course, the agreement with your local publisher might require exclusivity for them.
Donna St Felix

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Re: Changing from createspace to publisher
Posted: Nov 9, 2017 5:00 AM   in response to: captainpee in response to: captainpee
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captainpee wrote:
I currently have ten books on Kindle and Createspace. I have a local publisher interested in printing some of them. My question is, can I just remove them from Createspace without getting myself into trouble?

You cannot remove paperbacks. They are on forever. You can unpublish but they still show, only not for sale.
You will have to go thru Customer Service for them to take those over once you have a contract with the new publisher.
captainpee

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Re: Changing from createspace to publisher
Posted: Nov 9, 2017 6:38 AM   in response to: captainpee in response to: captainpee
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Joseph and Donna. Thanks for your help, I'm fairly certain now that I will change to the smaller publisher. They are in my home town, which will help promote my books.
cdalebrittain

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Re: Changing from createspace to publisher
Posted: Nov 9, 2017 6:45 AM   in response to: captainpee in response to: captainpee
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I would recommend against removing your books from CS. It is a true hassle to get books that have been published outside the Amazon-universe onto Amazon, and even if you end up selling a lot of books locally, you still want random buyers to be able to get your book from Amazon.
Amis

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Re: Changing from createspace to publisher
Posted: Nov 9, 2017 7:38 AM   in response to: cdalebrittain in response to: cdalebrittain
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cdalebrittain wrote:
I would recommend against removing your books from CS. It is a true hassle to get books that have been published outside the Amazon-universe onto Amazon, and even if you end up selling a lot of books locally, you still want random buyers to be able to get your book from Amazon.

That's something to discuss with the publisher, it's likely they have already gone through the hoops and have systems in place to make their books available on Amazon.
Notjohn

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Re: Changing from createspace to publisher
Posted: Nov 9, 2017 11:09 AM   in response to: captainpee in response to: captainpee
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I think the CS term is "retire." The book will continue to show on your Dashboard with that word next to it (well, "retired").

You will of course new a new ISBN, but presumably your publisher will provide one.

Are you SURE you want to do this? As posted, the CS version will remain on the Amazon store with Marketplace sellers offering fictional new and used copies of the book. (Well, some used offers might be legitimate.) So it will compete with you publisher's version, in a sense. Who will supply Amazon under this plan? You don't want to do it! Amazon Advantage costs $99 a year, I believe, and Amazon has a dismal policy of ordering books one at a time. It also takes a deep discount (55 percent, I think). I tried this when I bought the publisher's overstock of a book I'd written. Although I only paid a dollar each for the $25 hardcover, plus maybe $20 for shipping the carton of 36 books, I didn't think it was worthwhile, and the fee was only $25 at that time.

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook.)

Good luck! -- NJ

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