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[D2D] New POD for paperbacks

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:08 pm
by Phoenix
Draft 2 Digital have announced alpha testing of their new program for paperbacks. I will be very interested to see if they ship proofs and author copies to Australia. I will be using IS for my next three novels(all due for release in the next 2-3 months), as I have purchased a block of ten ISBNs and established an imprint publisher's name under my ABN.
If KDP do not get their act together regards shipment to OZ, I may move my existing backlist with CS free ISBNs over to D2D once it is out of beta. I have sold a few ebooks through them in the past three months since going wide. Strangely enough, through Tolino(Germany), and Kobo (Netherlands). Only my non-fic, though. No sales of novels yet, but early days and no advertising.
I recently sold three paperbacks of my non-fic through KDP, having no idea how the books appear since the move from CS. I really hope they are acceptable. I have no idea as I would have to pay an exorbitant amount plus delivery to purchase copies through extended distribution in Oz, to check the quality.

Re: [D2D] New POD for paperbacks

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:51 pm
by stacy734
Hi Joe,

Hmmmm... On D2D's FAQ, I see this:
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Will you really turn my book into a paperback?

We have phased out our print distribution through CreateSpace.

We do create paperback-ready PDF files for any books that use our conversion service (that is, everything except pre-formatted epub uploads). As part of the publishing process, we'll give you the option of downloading a print-ready PDF file that you can use to create a pixel-perfect paperback at any of your favorite print-on-demand services.
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So it looks like they don't do paperbacks anymore.

Re: [D2D] New POD for paperbacks

Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:59 am
by Seisa
stacy734 wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:51 pm
On D2D's FAQ, I see this:
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So it looks like they don't do paperbacks anymore.
Joe is talking about an announcement they made a week or so ago about starting a beta program for their own print on demand ability. There is nothing official on the website. You have to find a link directly to the announcement: https://www.draft2digital.com/blog/d2d- ... d-to-know/.

There is very little information provided so far. I see nothing about distribution other than a generic statement: "D2D Print books will be available through standard distribution channels." I'll be interested in further details, including pricing.

Re: [D2D] New POD for paperbacks

Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:35 pm
by Phoenix
Hi Stacey and Sarah,
I have since learned that D2D will not have their own print facilities, that they will be outsourcing, most likely, to IS. No point in using them in that scenario. More advantageous to go directly through IS for me.

Re: [D2D] New POD for paperbacks

Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:04 pm
by stacy734
Ah, thanks Joe and Sarah.

I agree with Joe in that there may not be an advantage to this rather than going to IS directly, but it is good to know.

Stacy