CreateSpace – Another On Demand Publisher
I can no longer figure out how I found it, but I’ve learned of another POD publisher, CreateSpace, which is an Amazon.com company. I’ve not yet figured out entirely how this differs from BookSurge, partly because I’ve taken steps to stem the tide of non-stop email I was getting from BookSurge after filling in a web form asking for more info on BookSurge. My first impression is that BookSurge really, really wants to be involved in the book production process, and CreateSpace is pretty much all about “you upload the PDF, we do the printing”.
One of the interesting things about CreateSpace is that they offer a size I find interesting – 8.25″ x 8.25″ – in color.
Note that I haven’t actually done business with them. I’m still struggling with getting some decent sample of a book laid out and ready to upload. But the costs appear to be low. And although I have no idea of the quality, the fact that it’s aligned with what is right now my preferred process (I generate a PDF, which I give to the printer. They print it and send it to me, and at my option, will take orders and ship to customers) makes them seem interesting. In addition, since they’re an Amazon.com company, they’re tightly integrated with Amazon.com for sales, including the ‘look inside the book’ feature, etc.
Anyone have an experiences with CreateSpace, good or bad? Upsides? Downsides?