Kindle Direct Publishing’s paperback service has been out for a while now. I thought it would be timely to talk about how KDP Paperback compares to CreateSpace. Should you stop using CreateSpace and move everything over to Kindle Direct Publishing?
Honestly, there are benefits to both platforms. That said, I believe the benefits of one outweigh the other by a huge margin.
Kindle Direct Publishing Paperback – Benefits
With KDP Paperback, everything is on one platform. It’s super easy to create a paperback once you have your e-book set up. You get a notification from Amazon asking if you want to create a paperback, you click it, upload your paperback manuscript and cover, do a few other things and you’re good to go.
It’s also convenient to have everything integrated into a single dashboard. You don’t have to move over to CreateSpace to see your paperback royalties.
But that’s really all that KDP Paperbacks offers you—convenience. But it’s a convenience that will cost you money down the road. On the other hand, CreateSpace is a tried and proven method that we know brings a great return on your investment.
CreateSpace – Benefits
With CreateSpace you get paid in 30 days, as opposed to 60 with KDP. That is a huge win with me.
Another big win is the Expanded Distribution available with CreateSpace. At the end of the month, I usually get 50 to 100 (once it was as much as 249) orders through Expanded Distribution. This is money I simply wouldn’t be getting if all my books were sold through Kindle Direct Publishing.
I’m also a firm believer in diversification, and I don’t like the idea of having all my royalties for e-book and paperback sales go through one platform. If something were ever to happen to my KDP account, I would still have money coming in through CreateSpace.
Finally, as of this writing Kindle Direct Publishing Paperback is still in beta. I honestly don’t know why people are using this service. Stick with CreateSpace. It’s proven, it has lots of benefits, and you get paid faster.
As a final note, I recently put my worst selling book—the first book I ever wrote—up on CreateSpace. At the same time, I put up a more recent book on KDP Paperback, which does pretty OK in e-book sales. And so far, that first, worst-selling book has actually generated more sales on CreateSpace than the one on Kindle Direct Publishing Paperback.
The benefits of sticking with CreateSpace seem clear to me. Let me know in the comments what you think. Do you agree or disagree? Which platform are you using?