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.
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.