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Selling Your Books

The books you publish with CreateSpace are sold via the Amazon marketplace. That means selling both printed copies and electronic books on the Amazon.com website, and Kindle-compatible eBooks via the Kindle Store. Amazon does all the work in preparing your book for sale; it will assign a unique ISBN for your book, create an Amazon.com book page, you name it. (You have the choice of writing your own promotional copy or—for a fee—letting Amazon write the copy for you.)

As soon as your book page is posted to the Amazon.com site, your book is available for sale. Customers can purchase both hard-copy and electronic versions; hard-copy books are printed on demand and shipped to customers as they’re sold. Naturally, Amazon handles all customer shipping, as well.

Amazon also lets you sell your books in your own CreateSpace eStore. This is set up for you automatically when you publish a book through CreateSpace; you keep a higher percentage of profits when you sell through your eStore than with other channels.

CreateSpace books are also available through Amazon’s Expanded Distribution Channel, which makes books available to other retailers, distributors, libraries, and academic institutions. To take advantage of these additional outlets (and receive a slightly higher royalty rate), you have to subscribe to the CreateSpace Pro Plan. It costs $39 (per title) to upgrade to the Pro Plan; it may be worth it.

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