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What is Expanded Distribution?

Expanded Distribution offers you the opportunity to access a larger audience through more online retailers, bookstores, libraries, academic institutions, and distributors within the United States. Expanded Distribution will also improve discoverability of your book across all the channels. Regardless of whether or not you include your title in Expanded Distribution, all CreateSpace titles can be distributed through the Amazon.com, Amazon Europe and eStore channels.

How does it work?

Most online retailers, bookstores, and libraries find books through purchasing relationships with large distributors. If your book is not listed with these distributors, some retailers may not be able to buy your book, even if a customer specifically requests your title. Through Expanded Distribution you can distribute and make your title available for order (this does not guarantee that your book will actually be ordered) through the following channels:

  • Bookstores and Online Retailers - make your book available to online and offline retailers such as Barnes & Noble and to distributors such as Ingram and NACSCORP.
  • Libraries and Academic Institutions - make your book available through Baker & Taylor to libraries and academic institutions.
  • CreateSpace Direct - make your book available to certified resellers through our wholesale website.

CreateSpace is always looking for ways to improve the distribution opportunities for our members so, from time to time, we may add or change the channels available through Expanded Distribution.

What are the eligibility requirements?

To maximize the number of distribution opportunities available, please consult the following table for eligibility requirements by distribution channels. For your reference, this table also includes the eligibility requirements for the Amazon.com, Amazon Europe and eStore channels.

  ISBN Trim Size
Expanded Distribution
CreateSpace Direct Can have either your own ISBN
or a CreateSpace-Assigned ISBN
Industry standard or
custom trim size
Bookstores and
Online Retailers
Can have either your own ISBN*
or a CreateSpace-Assigned ISBN
Must use an industry
standard trim size**
Libraries and
Academic Institutions
Must have a CreateSpace-
Assigned ISBN
Industry standard or
custom trim size
Standard Distribution
Amazon.com Can have either your own ISBN
or a CreateSpace-Assigned ISBN
Industry standard or
custom trim size
Amazon Europe Can have either your own ISBN
or a CreateSpace-Assigned ISBN
Industry standard or
custom trim size
eStore Can have either your own ISBN
or a CreateSpace-Assigned ISBN
Industry standard or
custom trim size
* Your book's ISBN must not have been submitted for distribution through another service.
** Books with cream paper must be one of the following trim sizes: 5" x 8", 5.25" x 8", 5.5" x 8.5", or 6" x 9".

Royalties

You earn the same royalty share for each book manufactured through the Expanded Distribution channels. These earnings are recorded in your sales reports as Expanded Distribution sales. Sales information may take up to six weeks from when a sale is made to appear in the sales reports.

Learn more about how we calculate your royalty share for the Expanded Distribution channels.

* If you are enrolled in the Amazon.com, Amazon Europe (EU) and Expanded Distribution sales channels there may be rare occasions where Amazon.com and Amazon EU sources an order through an Expanded Distribution channel. In these cases you will be paid the royalty rate of 60% and not the lower rate of 40%. This royalty rate applies to orders originating on Amazon.com where Amazon.com LLC is the seller of record and on Amazon EU sites where Amazon EU Sàrl is the seller of record. This does not include items listed by a third-party reseller, or "Marketplace" seller on Amazon.com or Amazon EU. Royalties for orders placed on Amazon.com and Amazon EU that are fulfilled via Expanded Distribution can take up to six weeks to appear in your sales report.

Timing

It may take up to six weeks for your title to begin populating in the Expanded Distribution channels that you select. Additionally, changes to any details of your book including list price, selling information (such as your book's product description), or your book's files may take up to six weeks to update in all the Expanded Distribution channels. The Expanded Distribution channels don't update simultaneously, so your book's previous list price, selling information, or files will persist until the change propagates throughout these channels. Your book will still be available with the previous list price, selling information, and file information until the new changes propagate through the Expanded Distribution channels (approximately six weeks).

Manufacturing

Books sold through the Expanded Distribution channels may be manufactured by third parties. There may be some minor differences in manufacturing (e.g. paper thickness, color shade, etc.) between the Expanded Distribution channels and other channels.

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