This is interesting. Amazon, the publisher powerhouse of ebooks, now becoming a bigger power house in the world of traditional printing. Hmmm . . . .
I don't understand why they downplay CreateSpace. It's a helluva great idea. No money down to get a book in print, they just take a cut from the sale. Online retail and fulfillment are all built in through the Amazon storefront. Makes any other self-pub model obsolete.
Createspace is basically print on demand. So you get a set price based per book based upon how many are ordered, your price point, and book size. Amazon then keeps the rest, part is their fee, part is the print costs.
Print on demand will become more popular in the near future, especially in book stores. I've seen some figures that suggest they can have books printed pretty competitively. The only problem is that transport kills it for a store, so stores would have to do their own prints.
Amazon taking foreign writers. What does this mean for US writers? Will it help us or hurt us?