Amazon has announced that you can now use KDP to publish paperbacks in addition to Kindle eBooks. The program is still in Beta and there are limitation on functionality they plan to add in the future. This includes print-related features like proof copies, author (wholesale) copies, and expanded distribution to bookstores and non-Amazon websites. CreateSpace still offers these features, and KDP will offer them in the future as well.
If you are using KDP to publish your eBooks, publishing a paperback can help you reach new readers. KDP prints your book on demand and subtracts your printing costs from your royalties, so you don’t have to pay any costs upfront or carry any inventory.
Here are the benefits identified by Amazon of publishing paperbacks with KDP:
- Distribution: Reach paperback readers through Amazon websites in the US, Europe, and Japan.
- Royalties: Earn up to 60% royalties on the list price you set, minus printing costs.
- Rights: Maintain creative control and own your copyright with our non-exclusive agreement.
- Get to market fast: Publish your paperback for international sale in just a few days.
- 100% availability: Printing on demand means your book will never be out of stock.
If you already publish with CreateSpace, you can move to KDP. There are differences which you can check out here.