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Should Brick-and-Mortar Bookstores Stock Titles from Amazon Subsidiary CreateSpace?

CreateSpace logoKnowing 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.
  1. March 5, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    We carry books from many publishers including Create Space even though its Amazon, because some of my local authors use that publisher and we want to serve them.

    • March 5, 2015 at 5:26 pm

      Good point. The local author thing — which often involves self-publishing companies like CS — would probably temper my own decision. We haven’t yet run into that here. We would want to serve such authors as well, but we’d explain our position, too. Perhaps future books would be published elsewhere?

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