I love Jen's posts! This time she examines the pros and cons of two print on demand (POD) providers, Amazon's Create Space and Lightning Source. She breaks down the cost of each and then gives her conclusion: Cool Gus Publishing is switching from Lightning Source to CreateSpace.
Here is Jen's breakdown of cost:
- $75.00 Upload fee for Cover/Interior
- $12.00 US Distribution (a year)
- $12.00 UK Distribution (a year)
- $30.00 Proof
- Change your files it will cost $40.00 per Interior and $40.00 per Cover
- $1.50 Shipping and Handling charge per order
- must provide own ISBN
- FREE self-service (there are services you can pay for, but the basic upload is free)
- $25.00 Expanded Distribution (one time fee)
- A proof is the cost of printing plus shipping.
- Can use CreateSpace ISBN for free
The bottom line for us came down to customer service AND ease of the system. LSI is a bit clunky and if you don’t know what you are doing with formatting a book, cover, etc., you are bound to make a mistake. I made a few the first time around. CreateSpace gives you templates (for free) for both interior and exterior so your book looks professional. They also have a cover tool. I have not used it since I’m an InDesign junky, but I’ve played with it and for the novice user, its pretty good, but my big caveat is most of us are not cover artists and always best to hire a professional.Well, there you have it. I'd encourage you to read Jen's article in its entirety: Why is Cool Gus Publishing switching from Lightning Source to CreateSpace?
Between talking with my team to wargame the best course of action, the ease of their on-line system was the deal closer. They have this 360 digital proof that shows you the cover and how it wraps around the book, well that right there sold me. Their entire system is very easy to use and while I just created more work for myself as we are going to transfer ALL of our books, I highly recommend CreateSpace.
I haven't used a POD service yet, but I had been planning on giving Lightning Source a try. Now I think I'll go with CreateSpace. I love getting recommendations from unbiased industry professionals!
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