I discovered this to my cost and embarrassment when I sent a GIFT of this book to my Canadian friend Paddy Kelly in part to say thank you for the “Live @Loon” CD he had so kindly sent me earlier this week.
He could NOT download the book.
I first thought it was a timing issue, i.e., book still not released in Canada.
We tried twice more the next day.
Then it dawned on me.
This book is $0.99 in the U.S. but Can. $ 1.31 in Canada!
Biggest issue is that Amazon does not state this anywhere. There should be a warning.
But, now YOU know.
And THINK of this. I can buy a printed book in the U.S. and send it to Canada. Amazon does NOT stop me from doing that.
Check Category ‘books’.
This is new. KDP only used to be e-mail (and I would know since I have been using KDP for over 8-years).
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.
When Transitioning Paperback Publishing From ‘CreateSpace’ To Amazon’s ‘Kindle Direct Publishing’ (KDP).
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’:
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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 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.
Not sure why Amazon felt the need to kill CreateSpace. I think it was a false economy.
Click to ENLARGE and study closely.
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.