Should Brick-and-Mortar Bookstores Stock Titles from Amazon Subsidiary CreateSpace?
Knowing that on a daily basis Amazon continues its mission of putting physical stores out of business and thereby becoming the sole delivery system for publishing, I have difficulty considering the inventory of titles from CreateSpace, a company they purchased in 2005. From Ingram/Spring Arbor, the titles are all short-discount, so the decision makes itself somewhat, but then there is the issue of customer orders, as CreateSpace has a large number of religious/Christian titles — over 29,000 to be precise — including some items now in public domain by authors such as A. W. Tozer, Andrew Murray, Alan Redpath, G. K. Chesterton, etc.
As I see it you have three choices. Which one of these describes your store? (We probably fall, reluctantly, in the middle category.)
- No restrictions on inventory or orders concerning this publisher
- No inventory, but special-orders are okay
- No desire to stock this publisher at all.