Here's the general question: How does a book published via CreateSpace end up being sold blindingly fast by other booksellers?
I edited two self-help books, one targeted to small businesses and the other to Christian leaders. Both authors published through CreateSpace. Author #1 used his own imprint; and author #2 used the CreateSpace imprint. Within days (or maybe even hours?) of going live on Amazon, both books were offered via other booksellers on Amazon on the new and used reseller page.
For example, the business book is being resold by Any Book, Brooke Books, and Wordery USA. The Christian leadership book is being resold by PBShop UK, Books Mela, and Peach Media.
Neither author has done anything special to promote their book. I.e., just announcements on their websites and emails to their subscribers.
Here are the specific questions:
- How and why does that happen?
- Are those resellers buying the books at a discount from Amazon?
- What is the impact on author royalties?