We start this Create Space review with a general description of what the product is, for the sake of those hearing of it for the first time. Create Space is an arm of Amazon that allows artists and authors to create and sell their digital products over the now popular Amazon platform. The digital products that can be created for sale using this recourse include eBooks, music and videos.
How Create Space works
This system can best be described as a self-publishing service for authors. The plan includes the sale of your personally created eBook on Amazon.com, but you could also sell it on an online store that you have independently created.
Create Space review: The costs and benefits
There are no charges for joining Create Space. However, for your book to get published into print material, you will have to foot the shipment costs of the proof copy. The free plan of Create Space only allows members access to the sales services on Amazon.com. To get your products out to a wider market, you will have purchase the Pro-plan which requires an initial payment of $39 and an additional $5 payable every year for every product. With the Pro plan, you will get an expanded distribution channel through which you can sell to other distributors, wholesalers, retailers, bookstores, libraries and academic institutions.
Create Space review: The Author’s Express and Marketing Pro packages
Apart from the standard plan, there are also the Author’s Express and Marketing Pro packages. The Author’s Express package starts at $299 and provides a variety of publishing solutions such as copy editing interior and cover designs and the creation of press releases and movie trailers for videos. The Marketing Pro plan is rather expensive at $4,999, but includes everything in Author’s Express package plus phone support for account management, creation of images and basic marketing services.
Create Space review in summary
There are other services competing with Create Space but there seems to be more positive reviews for Create Space than there are for the others. The products and services quality and the cost of using Create Space seem to be the main attraction. This system seems to understand the challenges of designing, creating and selling products online, and addresses them with significant support. Add in the fact that its tied to the hugely successful company Amazon, and you have a strong partner to self-publish your content.
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