|They allow custom formats up to /about/ A4.
However restrictions apply if a distribution option is selected
| Only a limited set of sizes is allowed.
The limitation gets even narrower if distribution is requested.
|minimum page count|| 24||48 for standard paperbacks|
32 for premium paperbacks
|book covers|| paperbacks only||Variety of soft and hard cover options.|
The number of options decreases if sales and distribution options are selected.
|cover design wizard||well usable with a wide assortment of themes and layouts||very limited possibilities|
|BW illustrations|| better|| |
|color images|| || better if good quality paper is selected|
|distribution||primarily Amazon||various distribution options|
||sales and revenue is displayed on the user dashboard in near real time
||revenue is reported periodically
||user can delete their own project
|pagination||book can only include standard pagination from 1, 2, 3 ...etc. |
No deviations tolerated.
|editorial checking||CreateSpace performs a series of automatic checks, their manual review and approval and client proof review before a book is allowed to print. Sometimes helpful sometimes frustrating.|
!Cannot recall a project once it is submitted for approval!
|Only routine automatic checks.|
|private prints||no - every book is issued an ISBN and is treated like an official publication to be sold||yes - options for private prints|
|modification of existing books||you have to go again through the approval process which (if successful) takes from hours to 2 days and during that time the book is unavailable for others to order.||No hassle, you just have to re-click through the whole process of book creation. If the book is already in distribution, a self-check on a physical print is required.|
|tolerance of PDF size||cuts off the extra area||resizes the pages|
| || || |
||very little support for e-books, they only generate a cover file for Kindle derived from the paperback
||lot of support for e-books
|e-book distribution||none|| Apple, Nook|
|printing location|| U.S. only|| multiple sites worldwide|
| || || |
|in short|| choose CreateSpace if you want... ||choose Lulu if you want...|
| || quick and easy entry into Amazon||to print a book quickly in hours not days (without waiting for their approval )|
| || BW photos in your book||full color illustrations on better paper|
| || custom book size in paperback ||to publish and distribute an e-book|
| || ||hard cover|
| ||spiral binding|
| ||to make frequent updates in your book|
| || ||use nonstandard pagination |
| || ||easy entry into Google Book Search|
| || ||if printing outside the U.S - e.g. in Europe - is good for you|