For those of you who are current users of CreateSpace for your POD printer and distributor, this is probably old news. For those authors looking for a POD service, this might be news. CreateSpace has announced it is waiving the annual Pro Plan renewal fees for the year 2011.
The annual $5 Pro Plan renewal fees have been waived through 2011. What does this mean for you? All CreateSpace members who currently have book titles enrolled in Pro Plan will continue to benefit from increased royalties per sale and lower costs with respect to those book titles for member orders through December of 2011. You don't have to do anything to have the renewal fees waived - your books will automatically be renewed.
Five dollars seems like it is not a big deal and it is always nice to not pay fees. For authors who have a fair number of titles (I have 16 currently) a $5 fee per title can add up. Authors who publish the work of other authors as well can have a large back list and at $5 per title, the cost can run into hundreds of dollars.
CreateSpace charges, at the time of upload for publishing, $39 for authors who desire to use the ProPlan to publish their books. The advantages of paying the $39 are numerous, the most advantageous being the significantly lower cost per copy printing charge.