Over the past few weeks CreateSpace has made two important changes: they have decreased their payment threshold from $20/£20/€20 to $10/£10/€10; and they have now added direct distribution to Amazon.co.uk (UK), Amazon.de (Germany), Amazon.fr (France), Amazon.es (Spain), and Amazon.it (Italy).
I hesitated to write about this immediately as I wanted to check first what the Amazon catalogue would list as the estimated delivery time for each site. Would it be as with Amazon.com where all CreateSpace titles would be listed as “In Stock” or would it be the same as those titles currently distributed via Expanded Distribution, with delivery dates anywhere from a week to months?
I queried CreateSpace and as usual got contradictory answers. Luckily, I have a client who just published his book via CreateSpace and who signed up for Euro distribution, and who also signed up for Expanded Distribution but too recently for the Ingram feed to make its way through the system, so I was able to test his book in isolation. As hoped, all Amazon European sites show his book, You Are NOT What You Eat: How Digestive Problems Might Be Making You Sick. And 7 Simple Solutions, as In Stock. Amazon.ca (Canada) and Amazon.jp (Japan), which are covered under Expanded Distribution, do not yet show his title.
It’s not clear with whom CreateSpace has contracted for European manufacturing, whether it is still Lightning Source UK or another company, but it would be good to know considering current issues with Lightning Source US’s manufacturing of CreateSpace product. Regardless, however, the addition of direct distribution to these Amazon Euro sites is good news for authors since it means higher royalties for sales from these sites than those paid via Expanded Distribution.
Authors wishing to access Amazon.ca and Amazon.jp, as well as competitor sites such as B&N, Chapters, Waterstones, and so on will still need to sign up for Expanded Distribution or contract with another POD manufacturer such as Lightning Source.