Bit of an unexpected one, this. I recently heard a rumour that my printed book outlet, CreateSpace, may not be much longer for this world. Don't get me wrong. It's just a rumour and may have no foundation in fact whatsoever, but I took some experimental action nonetheless.
I publish my Kindle ebooks through KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing), a subsidiary of Amazon. The printed editions, however, are published through KDP's sister company, CreateSpace.
Now, however, the waters are a little muddied. KDP has opened its own printed book division, called KDP Print. This has developed considerably since its introduction about a year ago, and rumour has it that it may replace CreateSpace as a book publishing operation in time. CreateSpace also publishes music, videos etc. so it may not disappear altogether.
As things stand at present, KDP Print is still limited in that books published through it can only be sold on Amazon. There is no extended distribution facility that enables them to go into bookshops and libraries. That would have to be added to persuade me to move my existing paperback works over. If I do republish any of my CreateSpace books on KDP Print, the CreateSpace edition is retired and the decision cannot be reversed. Therefore, I am leaving them where they are for the present.
For all that, I have dipped my toe in the KDP Print waters by publishing 'The Author's Manual' (which was previously only available in Kindle form) as a paperback. I can report that the process was painless. It is very similar to publishing on Kindle and has an advantage over CreateSpace, in that we are allowed seven keywords instead of five.
Presumably, extended distribution will become available on KDP Print some time. When it does, I will probably move my other books over to it. Not until then, though.
Writer of Fantasy, thrillers, comedy - and anything else that takes my fancy.