So, recently Amazon has added a feature for its KDP authors: paperback. And while they don't as of yet have the additional features that Createspace offer, it does make it more convenient and in my opinion, when it comes to formatting, Amazon was much easier. But that's just my opinion. And Amazon does promise to add the same features that Createspace offers in the near future. As it stands though, Amazon does not offer print proof copies (only digital PDF or Word downloads). They don't offer author wholesale yet. So if these two are a deal-breaker for you, maybe stick to Createspace until Amazon ups their game.
However, I have to say, the ease of adding a paperback option on Amazon for the first time, was a pleasant experience. Your book's already there. Just a click and answer some questions, make some choices on price and royalty and upload a print manuscript and print cover, and you are good to go. Below are my tips to make this experience just as easy for you as it was for me.
Format, I uploaded a docx file, which worked perfectly. Be sure to follow the instructions on the site for margins so no text gets cut off.
Also, a quick list of things to check:
- page numbers
- chapter headings
Furthermore, I'd double - maybe even triple-check - the front and back content.
- copyright and disclaimer
- dedication page
- 'other books by' page
- author bio
Check for typos, and that the layout looks good.
The cover. For the cover, you'll have to do some mathematics. I know, I hear your sighs. But I promise this isn't algebra or trig. This is a simple formula. Basically add the number of pages, by a certain figure, this will get you the right spine width. In terms of height, that's pretty easy. You just decide on the layout size you want, and you'll have to add a tiny margin. Check the KDP site for exact figures and more specific directions.
Finally, the legal stuff. If you've used a cover designer or artist, you don't need to worry so much. Credit them, and they assume most legal responsibility. But, if you are designing your own covers, which I do, you'll need proof of image downloads and/or purchases. I use Shutterstock and Canstock for images. Unless they have changed their terms, you can use the image for unlimited digital downloads, but once you read 500,000 print purchases, you'll need to buy an extended license.
Also, don't forget to have proof of purchase / or download, and a license for the fonts used. There are fontsquirrel.com and 1001fonts.com who I've used. Save and download the 'open font' license to cover yourself.
Additionals: you can put the ISBN number at the front of the book, in the copyright section, if you wish.
Once all this has been checked. You're ready to hit publish, after deciding on a price and so on. I wish you all the best!
*I am not a lawyer/solicitor, so please double check with a professional when it comes to legal matters*