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bethyasny

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Amazon Advantage & CreateSpace
Posted: Dec 18, 2017 7:51 PM
 
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I have ebooks available on Amazon. I had a paperback available, too, but Amazon sent them back a couple of years ago because I didn't have enough sales. I'm trying to start promoting that book again and have a couple of others that will be ready soon. So, I want to get my page going again. On my KDP page, my paperback does appear, but I have no idea where Amazon is getting it. I know I'm not getting royalties for them. In the course of the mess with Amazon, one of the reps suggested that I just start another page. That's when I discovered that Amazon Advantage charges $99 a year. Shoot, I might not sell one book (yes, I'm THAT good).

Is there any way to sell paperbacks on Amazon without paying them a monthly fee or an annual fee? It used to be free, but not anymore? If I use CreateSpace to publish my next book, will that be free on Amazon? I was so upset to see that they charge now. I guess I've been waaaayyyy out of it the last couple of years. Trying to get up to speed.

Any insight is appreciated.
Ralph E Vaughan

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Re: Amazon Advantage & CreateSpace
Posted: Dec 18, 2017 8:13 PM   in response to: bethyasny in response to: bethyasny
 
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No, CreateSpace does not charge. Format your book, upload it, create a cover, and publish. It is not difficult. Go to the CreateSpace website and read the instructions.
Donna St Felix

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Re: Amazon Advantage & CreateSpace
Posted: Dec 18, 2017 8:19 PM   in response to: bethyasny in response to: bethyasny
 
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bethyasny wrote:
I have ebooks available on Amazon. I had a paperback available, too, but Amazon sent them back a couple of years ago because I didn't have enough sales. I'm trying to start promoting that book again and have a couple of others that will be ready soon. So, I want to get my page going again. On my KDP page, my paperback does appear, but I have no idea where Amazon is getting it. I know I'm not getting royalties for them. In the course of the mess with Amazon, one of the reps suggested that I just start another page. That's when I discovered that Amazon Advantage charges $99 a year. Shoot, I might not sell one book (yes, I'm THAT good).

Is there any way to sell paperbacks on Amazon without paying them a monthly fee or an annual fee? It used to be free, but not anymore? If I use CreateSpace to publish my next book, will that be free on Amazon? I was so upset to see that they charge now. I guess I've been waaaayyyy out of it the last couple of years. Trying to get up to speed.


I assume this is a book you had printed elsewhere other than Amazon.
If you published thru CreateSpace, it would show on your CreateSpace bookshelf.

If the book is one you printed elsewhere and want Amazon to sell it, then the $99 a year is your only choice.
You can do a manuscript and upload it to CreateSpace for paperback (don't use the Kindle site for paperbacks) and there is no cost to do so.
cdalebrittain

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Re: Amazon Advantage & CreateSpace
Posted: Dec 18, 2017 8:23 PM   in response to: bethyasny in response to: bethyasny
 
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Yep, Amazon Advantage is $99 a year. If you see copies of your book for sale on Amazon by third-party sellers (not Amazon themselves), they are used copies, for which you got your royalties when they were sold originally. If they seem outrageously priced, it's because the third-party sellers don't actually have them and would have to spend a lot of effort trying to track down a copy if someone ordered from them.

How were your books produced originally? Did you just have them privately printed, hanging onto the rights? If so, as Ralph suggests, just go to CreateSpace. You can re-do the book there (though if you have a basement full of boxes, that won't help). Certainly do any future books at CS. There's no fee to publish (you do have to pay if you want a physical proof copy, definitely worth the few bucks), and they're automatically sold on Amazon.
bethyasny

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Re: Amazon Advantage & CreateSpace
Posted: Dec 18, 2017 8:36 PM   in response to: cdalebrittain in response to: cdalebrittain
 
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Thank you all! I do have a bunch of books that I printed a long time ago. I have no problem re-publishing on CreateSpace if I can use my own PDF and design. I can use the old ones to sell in person.
I guess I was just so taken aback at the $99 fee.
Does anyone know if CreateSpace uses acid-free/archival paper? I've been scouring their website since I posted this and I found the spot where it tells me it's 55# paper, but it doesn't say if it's acid-free. I can't get a call from them until 8:30 tomorrow morning, so if anyone knows, I'd appreciate it.
Thanks again. I remember how helpful this forum was when I first got started.
Hopefully, I can get back in the swing of things quickly.
bd
Notjohn

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Re: Amazon Advantage & CreateSpace
Posted: Dec 19, 2017 3:34 AM   in response to: bethyasny in response to: bethyasny
 
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Definitely, CreateSpace is the way to go. And uploading a PDF is the right thing to do.

But CS definitely doesn't use acid-free paper. The same is true of all POD printers and probably many standard printers. Books from Big Five publishers have acid-free paper, and university presses also, but mass-market paperbacks and even many "quality" paperbacks do not.

(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.)

Good luck! -- NJ

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