Another day and yet another development in the self-publishing world. So, if you haven’t heard yet, CreateSpace (the Amazon POD arm) are no longer charging for putting your books on expanded distribution.
This is great news, because it means you can make your books available to the catalogues of other retailers and libraries (only in the US, but that’s better than nothing!) without having to pay the $25 charge. (PS: I have seen it mentioned that people who paid in the last six weeks have received an e-mail telling them that they will be refunded the charge, but I cannot confirm that myself.)
I’ve signed all my books up. I don’t expect to make many sales by this method for my fiction books, but I do have one non-fiction book that I think could benefit a lot from the extra distribution – only time will tell.
I haven’t yet seen any explanation as to why CreateSpace have done this. It might be because other POD firms are offering wider distribution for a lower price, or even for free. The good thing is, that this change has come early enough, that if you get in straight away, your books should be available for sale on the other channels before Christmas.
So, what are you waiting for?