KDP Hardcover Beta

So, I recently gave the Hardcover Beta in KDP a shot with Handle With Care. I highly doubt anyone would want a copy of my light & fluffy romance novel in hardcover, but the option was there so I gave it a go. (Let’s be honest: I wanted a hardcover copy for myself.)

At the moment, KDP’s hardcovers are only available for publishing in the US, UK, Germany, France, Spain and Italy – but I went ahead and decided to set my book up and order a copy from the US, knowing that shipping would be a bit expensive, but deeming the exercise worth it. Little did I know, though, that the United States Postal Service would enact a suspension of services to Australia shortly after I placed my order… so my test copy ended up costing me a fair bit more than I’d bargained for in shipping, but that’s a rant for another day.

I’m a bit of a novice with resizing existing graphics, so I had to play around with the pdf of my cover a lot to get the dimensions right for the change in cover size, despite the book itself being the same 6″x9″. But I got there in the end and was excited to publish it.

Anyway, after the shipping snafu, my Author’s Copy finally arrived today! I was so excited. And, I have to say, I’m pretty happy with the hardcover’s quality. It did get a little banged around in shipping, so the corners have taken some impact which is a little disappointing, but the colours show up better than they do on the KDP paperback cover, and it feels solid and well put together.

Hardcover copy of Handle With Care published via KDP

I don’t think I’ll order any more until shipping to Australia is more feasible again, or I can order Author Copies directly from Amazon Australia. However, I definitely think this is a great step forward for KDP and for self-published authors.

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