A Comparison of Ship Your Books vs. Fulfillment by Amazon: Which is Right for You?

Since last year, I, along with others, have been scratching our heads on what to do about Amazon … the Advantage program has been on hold since last May—it was the single, easiest way to get the non-POD version of a book up on Amazon and start the marketing process. With the suspension of it, Amazon Seller was the portal for an author to become a “vendor” and have books available for shipping. Those who used the POD method of printing had KDP or IngramSpark.

Breathe. Then Amazon Seller started having hiccups. What’s an author to do? One of my favorite resources for warehousing books and moving them to Amazon (disclaimer—I’ve been on Advantage for years) is Bret Ridgway and Ship Your Books (SYB is also a member of the AuthorYOU community). They fulfill all my book orders for and to Amazon when they come in.

I’ve asked him to roll up his sleeves and calculate what the costs are as of THIS WEEK for those who do a print run and sell via Amazon—comparing what a warehousing cost would be using his company vs. storing your books with Amazon. With both there are costs.


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