Today’s 3-Point Quickie: What is CreateSpace, and how does it work?

And how is it related to Amazon? Here are the 3 most important things to know:

CreateSpace is a print-on-demand company. Quite simply, the role of CreateSpace is to physically print books. Twenty years ago, you'd receive dozens of boxes of books that you'd have to store in your home while you figured out how to sell 'em and ship 'em. These days, advances in printing technology have made it cost effective to literally print one copy and ship it to a customer "on demand." Not coincidentally, this new technology also corresponds to a greatly reduced number of self-published authors vanishing after being buried under mountains of books in their own basements.

CreateSpace is owned by Amazon. As a company that has recently been absorbed into the massive blob of the Amazon empire, CreateSpace integrates seamlessly with Amazon's website, which is pretty cool. A customer buys your book on Amazon, and CreateSpace prints up a copy and mails it off, just like that. Like the Wizard of Oz, they work entirely behind the scenes. Perhaps best, um, not to peek through the curtains.

CreateSpace is easy to use. Even though they are part of Amazon, there is still a separate CreateSpace website. And it's awesome! You just upload your cover and your formatted manuscript, fill in some other relevant details, and you're off to the races. The neatest thing? Their final review process lets you literally flip through the pages of your virtual book to see how it will look in real life. Once you approve, your book will be for sale on Amazon—just don’t let your instant fame go to your head.

What else do you want to know? Just leave a comment below!

Timothy Pike is a publishing consultant based in Philadelphia, PA, and the founder of MyDreamBookTeam, where you can easily crowdfund, publish, and promote your book. Or have it all done for you in 90 days.

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2 thoughts on “Today’s 3-Point Quickie: What is CreateSpace, and how does it work?

  1. I published a book with them. I haven’t had a problem to date. I had the book formatted and edited independent from createSpace. Next time I’ll let them do the ISBN. Anyway, I was pleased with the product. Cost of cover art, formatting, editing, and ISBNs–$1,775.00. Which was the amount I made from my writing last year.

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