Using CreateSpace to Print Books – A Review

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Hello!

Cover for Sellfy juniorWhen I decided I wanted to make coloring books I knew I didn’t want to (or honestly have the time to put in the effort needed) find a publisher. I search around for ways to self publish and settled on using CreateSpace, an Amazon publisher. I chose them because they get good reviews and they provided the distribution channels and ease I was looking for and I didn’t have to worry about shipping all over the world!

After going through the forums and trial an error I have found that the quality is nice and after the learning curve, it is pretty easy to use. I hope that I can share a few pointers to help make your curve a little less steep!

Why use CreateSpace?

The great thing about CreateSpace is that it doesn’t have to be only used for professional novels or for anything to sell honestly. They do not require you to actual sell anything and can be used as a high quality book printer for your personal use.

Ideas for Use:

  • A book of your own artwork
  • A book of your child’s artwork
  • A family recipe book
  • A photo book of your own favorite photos ( I would recommend Shutterfly or another like service if you are just making fun family photo books)
  • An art portfolio

Pros

  • The set up is very easy and with some basic design skills this can be a great way to make beautiful books (and make some sales if you are so inclined!)
  • Saddle-Stitching-vs-Perfect-Binding

    Perfect Binding vs. Saddle Stitch

    The personal copy pricing is not bad. A 100-page black and white interior with a color cover (of any trim size and bleed options) will cost you $2.15 cents. The same book in full color is only $7.85.

  • You can order single copies and also use them to drop ship copies to family and friends.
  • The quality is very nice, binding is a true binding (not saddle stitch) and the colors are printed bright and clean.
  • If you do want to make your book for sale, they provide free distribution through Amazon with very fast Prime shipping.

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  • You do have to have some type of design skills. You will have to know how to set up margins and page sizes. Using Photoshop or InDesign is the easiest way, but you can also submit works done in Word.
  • To sign up you have to enter information like you will make royalties, however, unless you do want to sell your books you never have to set up a distributor
  • There is a beginning effort to get started, but once the initial set up is done it is so nice to have a go to reliable printer!

Have a creative day! Alicia B.

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