Besides prices for printed books, the biggest difference between these two companies is that if you create a book with CreateSpace, it can also be listed online at Amazon and other distributors. Blurb doesn’t do that. This is why I’ve gone exclusively with CreateSpace.
On October 25, 2015, I placed an order with CreateSpace for 24 books. The shipping came to $43.39. To calculate the base price of each book [the price to print and get it to my door], I divided the shipping fee by 24. This means I paid $1.81 per book.
Because CreateSpace is in the United States and I live in Canada, there is an added cost of Import Duty and Taxes paid to DHL Express on delivery. If you buy less than a certain amount [I’m told the magic number might be nine (9)], there are no import duties.
The duty fee I had to pay to the deliver guy was $21.02. Again, I divide this by 24, giving me $0.88 to add to the cost of each book.
Remember: I am in Canada, so when I make a payment, I have to consider the currency exchange rate. I use an online ‘calculator’ to do this. I go to google, type in the following key words—Canadian US dollar—and the calculator appears.
At the time of writing this blog (Tuesday October 7, 2015 10:23 am Nova Scotia time), my Canadian dollar is worth only 77 cents American.
In other words, for every hundred dollars-worth of books I buy from CreateSpace, I’m paying $123.00. That sucks! But not as bad as when I placed the order on September 25th. The difference was 33 cents, which means for every hundred dollars-worth of books I ordered, I paid $133.00.
Here is the breakdown of two books from the order.
5 x $2.36 – Pockets of Wildflowers
$2.36 (print cost for 1 book) + $1.81 (shipping) = $4.17
$4.17 x 33% (US exchange) = $5.55 + $0.88 (duty) = $6.43 (cost per book)
Cover Price: $10.00
5 x $5.24 – Shadows in the Stone
$5.24 (print cost for 1 book) + $1.81 (shipping) = $7.05
$7.05 x 33% (US exchange) = $9.38 + $0.88 (duty) = $10.26 (cost per book)
Cover Price: $15.00
The cover price for Pockets of Wildflowers was $7.00. Obviously, I can’t sell it for that now, so it now sells at markets for $10.00.
I’m working on another post on pricing, but I want to do a little more research first. I haven’t ordered from Blurb since 2010, and I want to see how their prices compare to CreateSpace. The last time I checked, they were outrageous. To have Shadows in the Stone printed was approximately $12.00 per book, and that didn’t include taxes or shipping. Now that they have to compete with CreateSpace, perhaps they have adjusted their pricing.