A welcomed message arrived in my inbox this evening. Amazon’s KDP Print will now provide self-published authors with the option of purchasing a proof of their book before it goes on sale for the public. The message also stated writers could purchase author copies.
In my post, dated April 17, 2017 (read Amazon’s New KDP Print Feature is Bad News for CreateSpace Users), one of the major drawbacks of KDP Print over CreateSpace was the inability to order proofs and author copies.
CreateSpace marked its proofs with a large “PROOF” across the last page. KDP Print will take this one step further and “have a ‘Not for Resale’ watermark on the cover and a unique barcode but no ISBN”.
I’m not sure why the extra security is needed since proof copies were the same price as author copies and if a proof was good enough, more copies could be purchased. Does anyone have any thoughts on this?
The only thing I can think of is books were being purchased as proofs and sold by the author without being sold to the public at CreateSpace and Amazon. Buying proofs meant you never had to approve the book for sale.
This would be inconvenient for the person trying to manipulate the system since a maximum of only five (5) proofs could be purchased at one given time. I know because I wanted to hand out copies to my beta readers before a particular book was approved, and all I could order was five.
Just like with CreateSpace, author copies will be available at printing cost prices, plus taxes and shipping costs. They “are currently available in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Dutch. Japanese will be added later.”
The message stated: “KDP doesn’t currently support paperback distribution to Amazon.com.au, Amazon.com.br, or Amazon.nl. Australian users can place orders from Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk. Portuguese language users can place orders from Amazon.com. Dutch language users can place orders from Amazon.de.”
Also: “With this new feature, KDP proof and author copies for the UK and the rest of Europe are printed and shipped from within Europe – an improvement for authors who previously used CreateSpace.”
I feel with these addition to KDP Print, they add one more nail in CreateSpace’s coffin as it continues to duplicate its services.
As for Canadians, there was no mention of books being available at Amazon.ca, which means we do without unless we can order at Amazon.com.