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CreateSpace

On-Demand Publishing, LLC doing business as CreateSpace is a self-publishing service owned by Amazon.[2][3] The company was founded in 2000 in South Carolina as BookSurge and was acquired by Amazon in 2005.[4]

On-Demand Publishing, LLC
Subsidiary
Industry Publishing, Book publishing
Predecessor BookSurge Inc.; CustomFlix Labs Inc.
Founded July 14, 2000; 17 years ago (2000-07-14) in South Carolina, US[1]
Headquarters Scotts Valley, California, US
Area served
Worldwide
Parent Amazon.com
Website createspace.com

CreateSpace publishes books containing any content at all other than just placeholder text.[5] It neither edits nor verifies. Books are printed on demand, meaning each volume is produced in response to an actual purchase on amazon.com.[6]

Because there are no editorial controls to printing or pricing CreateSpace books, it's been suggested the platform has been used to launder money.[5] Some books, only a few dozen pages in length, have been sold for thousands of dollars, ostensibly as cover to facilitate the covert transfer of funds for criminal purposes.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "BOOKSURGE, LLC". opencorporates.com. Retrieved 9 June 2018. 
  2. ^ "On-Demand Publishing, LLC: Private Company Information". bloomberg.com. 
  3. ^ "CreateSpace to lay off 58 employees". Charleston Business Journal. 22 February 2018. Retrieved 8 May 2018. 
  4. ^ Moore, Thad (28 November 2016). "Amazon to move book-making warehouse in North Charleston, cutting 149 jobs". Post and Courier. Retrieved 8 May 2018. 
  5. ^ a b c Flood, Allison (27 April 2018). "Fake books sold on Amazon could be used for money laundering". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 May 2018. 
  6. ^ Roemeling, Alisha (12 April 2018). "Writing a Dog's Tale". Eugene Register-Guard. Retrieved 8 May 2018.