As of Nov. 5, 2013, Amazon has dropped the price of CreateSpace Extended Distribution to $0.00.
That’s right. It’s free now.
When you log into your CreateSpace account, look for the alert banner as shown below:
Indies and self-publishers, sign all your babies up!
Amazon Makes CreateSpace Extended Distribution Free
If you actually do not know what this means, allow me to explain. Extended Distribution has been an option offered by CreateSpace at $25 per pop.
When you publish a paperback via CreateSpace, Amazon offers you three distribution channels free of charge. They are Amazon.com, Amazon Europe. CreateSpace eStore. These are pretty self-explanatory. When you elect to purchase the Extended Distribution, you will get three additional distribution channels: Bookstores and Online Retailers, Libraries & Academic Institutions, CreateSpace Direct.
Bookstores and Online Retailers include thousands of major online and offline bookstores and retailers. Your book automatically appears in major distributors catalog. For example, someone can browse Barnes & Noble and find your book.
Libraries & Academic Institutions include public libraries, elementary and secondary school libraries, and libraries at other academic institutions.
CreateSpace Direct makes it possible for your book to get in the hands of discount resellers who have engaged in partnership with CreateSpace. Amazon labeled them as certified resellers. They could be independent bookstores and book resellers. The CreateSpace Direct program allows eligible resellers to buy books at wholesale prices directly from CreateSpace. But when they discount your book’s price, you still get your preset royalty amount.