Thursday, January 19, 2012

CreateSpace Drops $39 ProPlan - Standard Distribution is now FREE!

CreateSpace has dropped the $39 fee it charged for its ProPlan. All of the features and services included in the ProPlan are now apparently standard and free with a CreateSpace membership, which is also free. As far as I can tell, the pricing for printing on a per copy basis has not changed.

Expanded Distribution is still available but costs $25 for authors who wish to sell their POD books at other distributors and retailers such as Barnes and Noble.

From the CreateSpace website: Expanded Distribution offers you the opportunity to access a larger audience through more online retailers, bookstores, libraries, academic institutions, and distributors within the United States. Expanded Distribution will also improve discoverability of your book across all the channels. Regardless of whether or not you include your title in Expanded Distribution, all CreateSpace titles can be distributed through both the Amazon.com and eStore channels.

What features does Standard Distribution offer under the new program? Again, from the CreateSpace website:

Amazon.com
Make your book available to millions of customers on Amazon.com. Customers ordering from Amazon.com can take advantage of FREE Super Saver Shipping, One-Day Shipping, 1-Click®® on eligible orders. ordering, and Amazon Prime

CreateSpace eStore
Sell your book directly from your eStore. You can customize your eStore to match your own website. We'll handle the cart, credit card processing, and fulfillment of your customer's orders.

Self-publishing is becoming less and less expensive. What a great time to be an author!