Createspace Getting Out of Publishing Services?
Createspace is best-known as Amazon’s POD service, but they also provide paid publishing services.
Or at least they used to. South Carolina’s The Post and Courier reports that Createspace will be laying off staff later this year as it exits the services market.
Amazon’s self-publishing service, Createspace, is laying off workers in its editing, marketing and design division in July because the company is getting out of the business of offering services to writers. The layoffs will mostly affect customer service positions. Createspace will continue to print books for authors with ambitions to sell their work without a publisher.
State records show that Createspace subsidiary is cutting 58 jobs in North Charleston. Layoffs will start in March, and the service division will close in July, according to a letter the company sent to the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce on Thursday.
"After a thorough review of our service offerings, we’ve made the decision to discontinue Createspace’s paid professional editing, design and marketing services," Amazon said in a statement. "We will work closely with impacted employees through this transition to help them find new roles within the company or assist them with pursuing opportunities outside the company."
This is the second time in as many years that Amazon has cut positions in that area; last year they also moved one of their printing facilities from Charleston to elsewhere in the state, taking 150 jobs with it.
I have to say I was surprised to learn that Createspace was in the services market, much less that they were getting out of it. I’ve never met an author who had used these services, or even heard of them before.
Were they any good?
Thanks, Joe, for the tip!
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