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All The ‘CreateSpace’ Call Centers Still Active Under Amazon’s ‘Kindle Direct Publishing’ (KDP).

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KDP ‘Contact Us’ Help now includes TELEPHONE support — just like what we used to have with CreateSpace. See below.

This is new. KDP only used to be e-mail (and I would know since I have been using KDP for over 8-years).


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So, I tried it out. Transpires that I got the CreateSpace Ecuador Call Center. I asked them about the South Africa Call Center. That is still active too. I was told that ALL of the CreateSpace Call Centers are still active and that the deal is that they will continue to be active.

This is GOOD NEWS. I am also very happy for the Call Center folks.

Just wanted to share this with you.


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When Transitioning Paperback Publishing From ‘CreateSpace’ To Amazon’s ‘Kindle Direct Publishing’ (KDP).

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I ran afoul of two small things in the KDP setup that screwed up the process. So, I just want to give you a heads-up. They don’t seem like much but either of them could delay the publishing process.

So, here are the two innocuous but, nonetheless, costly ‘gotchas’:

  1. The first (default) option for book interior is CREAM and not white (as you would expect). Cream paper is THICKER. So, this makes the spine of the book BIGGER. So, if you, like I, upload your own cover, as a PDF, your cover size will be WRONG! Very annoying.
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  2.  The default on covers you UPLOAD is that they will contain the barcode! Yikes! Yes, yikes. There is a little box that you have to UNCLICK if you want KDP to print the barcode. Don’t get this wrong. It will cost you a 24-hour delay in publishing.
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I screwed up on BOTH of these — partly because, as ever, I was in a hurry. I am sure that if I took my time I checked all the options carefully I would not have screwed up. But, just want to make sure that you don’t run into these two issues.

Have fun. Good publishing.

P.S., I still miss CreateSpace.


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‘CreateSpace’ Is DEAD, Long Live Amazon’s ‘Kindle Direct Publishing’.

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Yes, we all knew for over a year that it was going to happen, BUT it was still a shock — and very sad — when it happened.

I liked CreateSpace. We had our issues BUT they tried and there was ALWAYS somebody you could talk to at the end of a phone line. That is gone.

I feel bad for all the CreateSpace folks that have lost their jobs — especially in the South Africa Call Center. They were so good and so helpful.

I hadn’t logged onto CreateSpace for months — not since July 2018! I have been busy proofing a 475-page book. Today, with the proofing finally coming close to an end, I logged on. I was confronted with a message that I HAD TO MIGRATE all my titles to KDP — using a tool they provided. That was a shock.

Since I had 18 titles to transfer it took some time. I haven’t checked whether it all worked ‘OK’. I am kind of despondent.

Sad day.

Not sure why Amazon felt the need to kill CreateSpace. I think it was a false economy.


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Amazon Kindle Paperback Proof vs CreateSpace Proof.

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With this, my latest book, I ended up ordering proofs from both Kindle KDP and CreateSpace. Nothing to stop you from doing so. You can’t publish the book with BOTH — but I haven’t published it at yet! I am at the ‘order proof’ stage with both and that is perfectly kosher. I did this with my last book too — except at that juncture I couldn’t order paperback proofs from Kindle KDP. I got the proofs from CreateSpace and eventually published with Kindle! They are BOTH Amazon companies so it is by no means robbing Peter to pay Paul.

So, both proofs printed by Amazon — and they both came in Amazon Prime boxes.

But, can you tell the difference, and whose is whose. A very obvious difference right up front.

Yes, the KDP proof as the ugly ‘Not for Resale’ banner. CS has never done that. Instead, they print a BIG ‘PROOF’ on the last page.

But, also an obvious difference in the quality of the cover. You can tell even in these photos. The CS cover is brighter and more detailed. That is crazy.

CS proofs were published in Columbia, South Carolina; Kindle in Middletown, Delaware.


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Amazon Kindle Paperback Option & Ordering Proof Copies.

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The Amazon Kindle PAPERBACK program is NOT an oxymoron or an April Fool’s joke. It is now over a year old and I already published my last book, “Quick & Easy Meditation“, last September, in paperback and ebook form via Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). I had to jump through some hoops but I did manage to get it done.

Last September the KDP program did NOT offer the option of ordering PROOF copies. That was a bummer. But, I, a veteran self-publisher, CHEATED and got the proof copies I needed. I am NOT going to tell you hear how I did that! {Smile}

As of earlier this year KDP did start offering Proof copies — albeit in BETA test form, the whole paperback program a beta as well.

The KDP Paperback program is temperamental and has BUGS. You have been warned. More than likely it will object to your cover size even if you FOLLOWED their requirements!

Ordering Proofs is not straightforward either. You cannot do it right away. They send you a link via e-mail — and they tell you that it can take up to 4-hours to get the link. Then you have 24-hours to order the Proofs!

I got my e-mail in about 2 hours.

Your order through Amazon BUT it does NOT recognize PRIME! So, you have to pay for shipping.

Even though I ordered yesterday (i.e., June 30, 2018), I might not get the Proofs until July 10. That is crazy and unacceptable.

Anywho …. this is a heads up.

So, now the mystery is solved and the cat is out of the bag. My latest book is now at the galley proof stage.

Kind of funny, just in the last 2 weeks my wife and a friend both asked me whether I had stopped writing books! That was rather strange coming from folks who know me. If I am up and about, I am writing a book! That is how it goes. Yes, this book has taken me 9-months to write, but it is 475 pages in length and required extensive research. Just because I typically publish two books a year does NOT mean I have to always do so. {Smile}

So ….

More to come.


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Republished “Quick Guide To Brain Meditation” eBook With “Draft2Digital” For iBooks, B&N etc.

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I had never heard of “Draft2Digital” until a few weeks ago when I came across them in a CreateSpace forum. I had a quick look and I was impressed.

They are INCREDIBLY flexible and appeared to cover all the bases. Lulu and others offer similar capabilities BUT Lulu (who I used to publish with many years ago) has become a pain to use/

My MAIN INCENTIVE was that they would publish my eBooks on Apple, as iBooks. I have never had that exposure.

As some of you know I have been a diehard Amazon, Kindle (KDP) and CreateSpace fan when it came to publishing my books. While a Kindle eBook can be read on any Apple device I knew that not having my eBooks as iBooks was a ‘limitation’. So, that Draft2Digital’s biggest pull — plus that I didn’t have to jump through any hoops in terms of reformatting my eBooks. The Word document I used with Kindle would work — AND DID WORK!

Draft2Digital is EXTREMELY SLICK. Wow.

It took me a TOTAL of 12-minutes to create an account (from scratch, with passwords etc.), set-up payments (PayPal) and TAX INFORMATION AND publish the first book!

12-minutes.

Yes, I had all the files, book descriptions etc. from doing it on Kindle. So all of that was just copy-and-paste.

No fees or up-front payments. They take 15% commission (or thereabouts) and I am cool with that.

My problem is that most of my eBooks are still subject to KDP Select — which means Amazon has exclusive rights to them, ALBEIT on 3-month rolling windows. So, a couple of weeks ago I went ahead and cancelled all the KDP select rollovers. But, right now I only have this book (I published) and the Pope John XXII book that are OUT of KDP Select. I will publish all of them as they come off KDP Select but that will take me into January 2018.


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Publishing A Kindle Paperback! That Is Not An Oxymoron.

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A Kindle PAPERBACK sure sounds like an oxymoron or an April Fool’s joke.

Kindle has become so synonymous with eBooks that it seems absurd to mention paperback alongside Kindle. But, as of early 2017 it has been possible to publish a paperback using the Kindle system, i.e., Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). Now, as you can see from the 2nd figure, when you go to KDP to publish a title it asks you whether you want to publish a Kindle eBook, a paperback or both.

Earlier this week, as you can also see from that figure, I published my first Kindle paperback, viz. “Quick & Easy Meditation“. It was (the 2nd time around) fairly painless (and it was the 22nd book I have self-published).

What is incongruous, as I highlight in the 1st figure, is that Amazon currently offers TWO ways to publish a paperback, i.e., KDP and CreateSpace — both of which are fully-owned Amazon companies.

I had previously published 16 paperbacks (yes, 16) with CreateSpace — starting in 2008.

But, I, and others could see the writing on the wall when it came to CreateSpace. Amazon obviously wants KDP, which is tightly integrated into the Amazon ecosystem, to be the strategic arm for one to publish all books — eBook, paperbacks AND audio.

I have asked CreateSpace and they will NOT comment on Amazon’s intentions! They have told me, in writing, to ask KDP. That alone told me all I needed to know.

I have published over 20 Kindle eBooks too! So, I am not a stranger to either system.

KDP, as one would expect, works with the same printing dimensions and parameters as does CreateSpace. From what I can see, both KDP and CS use the same printing facilities in Middletown, Delaware.

On the 1st image I outline the main differences between the two — in terms of Pros and Cons.

Not being able to order author copies at cost is NOT a big concern for I. Why? Because I am Amazon Prime. So, I can have FREE 2-day shipping. CS charges for ALL shipping and their charges are NOT CHEAP and it can take a week or more. When I order direct from Amazon, as KDP expects you to do, I get royalties. IF I subtract the royalties and factor in the FREE ‘expedited’ shipping there isn’t much in the price difference — MAINLY because my books are CHEAP. And now the kicker. When I order from Amazon my rankings go up! Consequently, I have not ordered any author copies from CS for some time now. Getting printed proofs is also not an issue for I, since I know the ropes. I can get printed proofs at will! {Smile}

So, that is where we stand. As of now I do not see myself going back to CS. I will persevere with KDP.

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Amazon’s ‘Kindle Direct Publishing’ Now Offering Paperback Print Option Undercutting Amazon’s CreateSpace.

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Got the above in an e-mail Wednesday morning.

I was baffled; it made no sense.

Both ‘Kindle Direct Publishing‘ (KDP) and ‘CreateSpace‘ are Amazon companies — though KDP is more tightly integrated with Amazon, e.g., can reach KDP from Amazon.com (usiing same userid/password).

My books are published with BOTH.

‘CreateSpace’ has offered a publish on Kindle option for years — and actually pesters you to do so.

Yes, makes a LOT of sense to combine the two and have just one Amazon publishing company that did BOTH paperbacks and eBooks, i.e., Kindle.

But, in this instance KDP appears to be competing head-on with CS and even telling me to move my paperbacks from CS to KDP.

Does not make sense.

I went to CS to see if I can find a statement. I couldn’t. So I have e-mailed them.

I will keep you posted. Very confusing.

I had noticed that CS since September had been acting jittery. This may have been the cause.


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Did YOU Know That Amazon Owned These 36 Companies, Including IMDb & Goodreads?

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Of course I knew of ‘Kindle‘ and ‘CreateSpace‘. I publish my books EXCLUSIVELY through them.

Yes, I knew of ‘Prime‘. I am a proud member.

I knew of ‘DPReview‘ that I read multiple times a day.

And, of course, the whole world knows about ‘Amazon Web Services’.

But ‘IMDb.com‘? ‘AbeBooks’? ‘Goodreads’?

As an Amazon shareholder I am delighted.

Wow.


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“Orgasms: 101 Facts & Trivia” — Now Also Available As A Paperback From Amazon (Worldwide).

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While I appreciate that eBooks are what counts these days, I still do not feel right or complete about a book UNTIL I have it in paperback. It is always a great relief to have the paperback done.

Typically given that the formatting is more involved I normally first do the paperback version and then convert it to Kindle eBook format. With the orgasm book I did it the other way around. First did the Kindle edition and then formatted it for print. Fair amount of work and you also have to do an index — which you don’t need with an eBook since every word is electronically searchable. I made sure that the orgasm Kindle edition was published before we went to Canyon de Chelly. I did NOT want that hanging over my head while we were in Arizona. However, I knew, that I still had the paperback to do. During the 1,300 miles of driving I did in AZ I did some of the formatting in my head! Visualization. I do that with as many things as I can. YOU should try it. The visualization helps me do things quicker because I already have the mental picture of what needs to be done.

I submitted the files to CreateSpace on Memorial Day before we set off on the Mount Major hike. I didn’t tell Deanna or the kids that I had done so. I just wanted THAT off my sholders too. Just told them I had some stuff to finish on the book before we could go. They understand. They know my need to work on my books on a daily basis.

The book was ready, WITHOUT a hitch, this morning. It on Amazon within 30 minutes of me approving the proof! Wow.

Amazon is GOOD to me.

That this book came in at 192 pages — exactly the same as my ‘Popes: 101 Facts & Trivia‘ blew me away.

Never even TRIED to keep the lengths close — though I was HOPING that the ‘Orgasms 101‘ would come in under 200.

The payout of the two books are very different, with the ‘Orgasms 101‘, unlike any of the other four ‘101 books‘, split into 3 Parts — Part A: The Highlights, Part B: The Details & Part C: The References. Plus, as I said earlier, I did the Kindle version first and the page sizes are very different. That they both are 192 pages amused me and actually made my life a TAD easier. Exactly the same cover size!

Anyway, I am happy. After I have my brunch, and watch a few overs of the Pakistan vs. Zimbabwe 2nd T20, I will start working on my NEXT book. This one is not on orgasms. The next orgasm book will have to wait until next year. Back to popes again — to the amusement of Deanna. Well Francis is coming the U.S. and UNLESS I cover it it won’t seem real!