BookBaby vs. CreateSpace for print on demand

print on demand comparison

We work closely with Amazon to distribute your books to its massive audience. But Amazon offers its own Print on Demand service and we frequently get asked which company — BookBaby or CreateSpace — is the best for independent authors.

I don’t want to get too dramatic, but choosing your Print on Demand book distribution service is a little bit like… well, picking your future husband or wife.

It’s a huge decision – the ultimate long-term relationship for self published authors. For better or worse, through strong book sales or writer’s block. It’s important to make a choice that you can live with. Maybe not “until death do you part,” but you get my drift.

So as you consider taking this big step forward, it’s important that you consider every factor involved in Print on Demand book distribution. Your choice should consider much more than just the up-front costs:

  • Where will your books be sold online? Can bookstores order my books from wholesale catalogs?
  • What quality of printed book will your customers receive?
  • Can you get customer service support when I need it?
  • and many more questions like those.

To help you make your choice, we’ve prepared a special web page that offers a graphic side-by-side comparison of BookBaby versus one of the other leading Print on Demand services, CreateSpace.

I hope this helps you to make up your mind. I wish you a long, joyous – and profitable – union with whichever company you choose.

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Steven Spatz
Steven Spatz is a writer, marketer, and the President of BookBaby, the nation’s leading self publishing services company. Spatz’s professional writing career began at age 13, paid by the word to bang out little league baseball game stories on an ancient manual typewriter for southern Oregon weekly newspapers. His journalism career continued after graduation from the University of Oregon at several daily newspapers in Oregon. When his family took over a direct marketing food business, Spatz redirected his writing and design skills into producing catalogs. The Pinnacle Orchards catalog was named "Best Food Catalog," received dozens of other national awards, and the business grew into one of the nation’s largest gourmet fruit gift businesses. After the company was sold, Spatz continued his direct marketing career with Fortune 500 companies including Mattel and Hasbro. He joined AVL Digital in 2004 to lead the direct-to-consumer marketing teams for music industry-leading brands Disc Makers, Oasis, and CD Baby. After serving as Chief Marketing Officer, Spatz was tapped to lead the company’s new publishing division in late 2014. In 2019, the AVL Digital Management team purchased the New Jersey brands, including BookBaby. The company is headquartered in Pennsauken, NJ (just outside Philadelphia, PA) and meets the printed book and eBook needs of thousands of self-publishing authors around the globe. Spatz lives in Glenside, PA with his two children, a demented cat, and some well-used bicycles. Steven loves to hear from authors, editors, and publishers in the BookBaby community with tales of publishing trials and triumphs. To tell him your story, write to


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