On May 17, 2012 Amazon announced the launch of CreateSpace in Europe. This is very exciting news for authors who self-publish.
E-books can already be sold worldwide through the Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) site. Up until now, authors have had to rely on literary agents to do the work of selling foreign rights to their books.
Authors’ books still won’t be in traditional stores but customers can order through CreateSpace and expect same-day shipping via Amazon. Even though authors are limited to sales from Amazon websites, this is still good news as they can now reach out to the international community with their books.
Michael Kozlowski wrote the following in an article on goodreader.com:
” Amazon Creatspace has been running since 2007 and allows you to make your book available to millions of potential customers by distributing through the Amazon ecosystem and your own eStore, and the Expanded Distribution Channel. Set your book’s list price and earn royalties. Upload completed book files, or use our free tools to prepare your content for publication. On-demand production of your book means you’ll never worry about inventory or minimum orders. The big draw on their program is the “Print on Demand” feature. It basically prints the tangible version of the book as people order it. So instead of buying 1000 copies of your book in printed format and hope it sells, Createspace will only print the books as people buy it.”
You can also take a look at this simple explanation by Clark on YouTube:
The opening of book distribution for self-published authors in the UK and European markets is good news and is hopefully paving the way for Asian markets and even more options for authors.