When I opened my Member Dashboard at CreateSpace today, I saw a note in yellow at the top of the page telling me that the Expanded Distribution channel is now free.
I called CreateSpace to speak with a representative, who confirmed that it is now free.
So if you had been thinking about trying it out, but didn’t want to invest $25, now you can test it out for free. The advantages and disadvantages remain the same. What’s changed is that you don’t have to invest in this distribution channel.
If you recently added the expanded distribution, you might be a little bummed. I inquired about this.
Any expanded distribution purchases made since September 24, 2013 (if I was informed correctly) will be automatically refunded.
Chris McMullen, author of A Detailed Guide to Self-Publishing with Amazon and Other Online Booksellers, Vol. 1 (formatting/publishing) and Vol. 2 (packaging/marketing)