So I’m thrilled that Createspace has extended their Print on Demand program to all of Amazon’s European sites (UK, Germany, France, Spain and Italy). My paperbacks should appear for sale on Amazon’s sites in those countries by the end of next week.
Print on Demand is an amazing technological marvel. You the reader buy a paperback on Amazon, Createspace prints one luscious copy, slips it into a mailer and ships it to you, usually the next day. You receive a much more nicely formatted manuscript than the ebook version, a full-color cover, back cover blurb and portrait (taken with my super-high-quality cellphone camera in my personal bathroom, which had the good natural light that morning).
These books cost more than ebooks, of course – paper, ink, shipping and all that traditional overhead – but a whole lot less than the cost of an ereader.
And – maybe most exciting – purchasers of European paperbacks instantly qualify for my infamous ‘Buy a Paperback – The Author Buys You a Beer’ promotion! (Tickets to NY City not included – click here for complete details and Groucho picture)
So – what more can I do for you? At least until the ‘Mindbenders’ sequel is finished? No more excuses! Strike a blow for traditional books everywhere – buy all of mine! In paperback!