Dienstag, 28. August 2018

CreateSpace und KDP fusionieren - und gleich werden die Preise erhöht

Heute vermeldet Amazon, daß in dne nächsten Tagen CerateSpace mit KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) verschmilzt. War irgendwie logisch, denn beide existierten nebenher und man kann/konnte von Kindle aus sein ebook über KDP drucken lassen, oder eben von cerateSpace aus sein gedrucktes Buch als ebook an Kindle ausliefern. Damit soll jetzt Schluß sein. Soweit so gut und nachvollziehbar. Nicht so erfreulich ist eine zweite Email die heute ins Postfach flatterte. Dort weist Amazon/KDP darauf hin, daß nun neue Preise gelten, die - wen wundert es? - höher als die bisherigen sind. 
Warum das so ist und ob das auch für US Kunden von KDP/CreateSpace gilt, muss noch geprüft werden. Hier der Text der Email im Original:

Hello,

We are contacting you because your CreateSpace account has one of more books that will be charged a higher manufacturing fee once they are moved to KDP to align with KDP’s global pricing standards. Paperback printing costs are higher on KDP than CreateSpace for Black & White titles under 110 pages printed in the EU, Black & White titles under 100 pages printed in the UK, and color titles under 30 pages printed in both the EU and UK. Based on this change, you may want to update the list prices of your books.  To make changes to the list prices of any of your books, please log-in here.


Learn more about printing costs on KDP here.


 Stay up-to-date on the latest information about the CreateSpace move to KDP here.


Best Regards,

The CreateSpace and KDP Team


Und hier noch die zuvor versendete Bekanntmachung über die Fusion von CreateSpace und KDP:


Hello,

We’re excited to announce that CreateSpace (CSP) and Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) will become one service, and in the coming days, we will give CreateSpace members the ability to move their account and titles. To ensure a quality experience, we will add links to the CreateSpace member dashboard in phases so authors may see it at different times. As a reminder, Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) now offers Expanded Distribution to sell your paperbacks to physical bookstores in the US, as well as the ability to sell your paperback books on Amazon.ca and Amazon.com.au (Amazon.mx coming soon). With these features, KDP’s paperback distribution will be on par with CreateSpace’s distribution. KDP also offers features that aren’t available on CreateSpace. These include the ability to purchase ads to promote paperbacks on Amazon.com and locally printed author copies in Europe. 

As a result of these enhancements to KDP and our ongoing efforts to provide a more seamless experience for managing your paperback and digital books, CreateSpace and KDP will become one service. On KDP, your paperbacks will still be printed in the same facilities, on the same printers, and by the same people as they were on CreateSpace.

In a few weeks, we’ll start automatically moving your CreateSpace books to KDP. Your books will remain available for sale throughout the move and you’ll continue to earn royalties. Once we begin this process you’ll be unable to edit existing titles or create new titles on CreateSpace.

If you have a release planned soon or you would like to start the move yourself, we are making updates that will allow you to move your entire catalog in just a few steps. During this transition, you can contact KDP customer support by email and access phone support in English.

There are a few payment and printing fee differences associated with the move. Going forward you will be paid on KDP’s payment schedule. CreateSpace pays monthly royalties 30 days after the end of the month in which they were earned while KDP pays monthly royalties approximately 60 days after the end of the month in which they were earned. As a result, you’ll be paid in September for any royalties earned in August on CreateSpace and be paid in October for any royalties earned in August on KDP. In addition, some low-page count books will see an increase in printing fees when they are printed in the UK and EU. This affects a small number of titles. If your titles are affected by this change, you will receive a separate email on this topic. Learn more about KDP’s printing fees here.

To learn more about the move and review the latest, visit here. We’ll be in touch with more updates in the coming weeks.

It is still Day 1 for independent publishing. As Amazon’s recent shareholder letter noted, there are more than a 1,000 authors who earn more than a $100,000 a year from their work with us. We could not be more optimistic about the future of independent publishing and this change will allow us to innovate faster for you.

Best Regards,
The CreateSpace and KDP Team


 

This email was sent by: CreateSpace
4900 Lacross Road North Charleston, SC, 29406, United States

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