CreateSpace’s secret menu: Hardcover

bookOriginal article posted on: Thank you Shawn for the great article to share with the world!


A lot of indie authors tend to be disheartened when fans or family members ask for a hardcover of their book and they have to tell them this isn’t an option with their distributor–CreateSpace.

What if I was to tell you that while they don’t advertise this as an option, hardcover IS indeed an option. But it’s secret.

The known pricing for a hardcover book is as follows(may have changed since last checked, but it’s close):

  • * $99.00 – One-Time Setup Fee
  • * $6.50 – Cost per book (regardless of the page count)
  • * $0.015 – B&W per page cost
  • * $0.15 – Color per page cost
  • * $2.00 – Dust Jacket (optional)

Which, for an average novel, comes out to around $115.00 to get the FIRST copy of the CreateSpace hardcover of your novel. Then after that, each book is around $12-16 a piece for printing.

Now, there are some things to consider when you think about the CreateSpace book:

  • * The hardcover is set up as a separate title in you account, and this means it needs a different ISBN
  • * Once submitted the conversion takes a long, long time to get done (10+/- days)
  • * If there is ANY color in the novel the whole book (not only color pages) are subject to the color cost charge (ouch!)
  • * And while you do have a new ISBN, the book will not be eligible for any of Createspace’s distribution channels
  • * Which  means, only YOU can order and sell.

In the long run, your book will end up being about the same price per copy as any other competing Print on Demand hardcover options. Which is great! However, the real kicker is that you, the author, are responsible for selling it. It can not go into the normal distribution channels. Bummer.

But, if you just want a hardcover for posterity reasons, or to give away as prizes or gifts, then yowza–this option looks awesome!

If you are interested in this secret option for the hardcover, you have to contact CreateSpace directly and talk to one of their publishing associates. They will help you get the ball rolling and get your title into hardcover.

 Original article posted on: Thank you Shawn for the great article to share with the world!

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