Here at Vervante, we’re often asked about the differences between our services and those of CreateSpace. If you only have time to read just this paragraph, then we’ll sum it up quickly:
You need to capture each customer’s email address to grow your subscriber database. Vervante allows you to do this – CreateSpace does not.
We can work with any shopping cart to automatically process your orders, print and ship your book, and give you full access to critical information you need to keep in touch with your customers. AND we’ll list your book on Amazon as another purchasing option.
If you’d like to know more details about the differences between Vervante and Createspace, please read on. At first glance we appear very similar, but there are significant differences, as you’ll see here.
Selling your books and products from a site you control, and not sending your buy button links to Amazon, allows you to grow your database of customer information. As business owners, building our email lists should be our #1 Priority because email subscribers are product buyers.
CreateSpace directs customers to Amazon to purchase your book, which makes them customers of Amazon, leaving you in the dark about who is buying your book.
We recommend that all of your marketing and sales efforts direct customers to your site to purchase books and products. You process the transaction, collect the customer data, and build your community. We’ve got super simple systems that work with ANY shopping cart for automatically gathering customer information so that we can print and ship your book.
CreateSpace can print and ship books directly to the author’s door, usually at rates cheaper than most. These special prices are only applicable for “member orders” that are placed by you for your own title. However, this leaves you shouldering the responsibility of supplying packaging, processing payments, addressing the packages, and taking them to the Post Office for shipping, steadily chipping away at your bottom line.
Vervante prints your books, then we can either store bulk orders in our warehouses until they are needed, or print or ship books directly to your customer as they are ordered. In short, we handle everything from printing the book to getting it directly into your customers’ hands. You avoid the expense and hassle of processing and shipping your own books.
Amazon as a Secondary Distribution Channel
We want you to sell lots of books and we’ll help you do that, so as a secondary distribution channel to your site, we recommend Amazon Marketplace. We list your books and products on Amazon for you, then we handle orders and shipping. This way you will know who is buying your product because we will receive the orders and shipping addresses and will provide that information to you.
More than Just Books
We offer a variety of other products and services. Your book could lead to more products down the road such as a recipe book, a home study, an audio or video program, a coaching or training program, card decks, etc. We can print and ship your books, CDs/DVDs, binders, card decks, etc. You can also send us complimentary products such as apparel or branded promotional items to include and ship with your book or products. View our product catalog HERE.
Our staff of publishing professionals are happy to help with any questions about publishing. We also offer ISBNs, UPCs, Copyright Registration and LCCN applications. And we have a full library of free expert guides you can access any time online.
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We hope this helped create a clearer picture of our services, and inspired you to let us help you create your next book or product. Questions, ideas, comments? We're here for you at firstname.lastname@example.org.