No One is Surprised: CreateSpace Closes and KDP Print Takes Over

Amazon CreateSpace KDP PrintBetween putting the laundry in the washer and hanging it on the line and while I was making pancakes for my youngest child, washing dishes and waiting for the buzzer on the oven to go to indicate the cinnamon rolls were ready for extraction, an email popped up in my inbox.

The subject told me all I wanted to know, and if Amazon thought they’d surprise me, they couldn’t have been more mistaken: CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing to become one service

I didn’t bother opening the message; I was too busy, and I knew what it was all about.

Now with the clothes on the line, the child outside running free, the dishes done and the cinnamon buns cooling and waiting for icing, I’m at the computer and sharing the news I had predicted in an April 17, 2017 post, Amazon’s New KDP Print Feature is Bad News for CreateSpace Users.

I wrote:

Amazon has folded CreateSpace product services into itself before, then killed off that part of CreateSpace. Not too long ago, after Amazon launched its own Video Direct platform, it removed the CreateSpace option to publish digital videos on Amazon. In fact, all of those videos on CreateSpace were eventually forced to move to Amazon Video Direct to continue selling.

I suspect that once KDP Print has enough users, the same thing will happen. Authors will be forced to have their paperbacks in KDP Print and CreateSpace will be gone.

The good news is, many of the items I complained about in that post have been fixed. Our books are now sold on the Canadian Amazon site, which is huge for Canadians. You can also order a proof before your book goes live.

The email from Amazon stated:

Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) now offers Expanded Distribution to sell your paperbacks to physical bookstores in the US, as well as the ability to sell your paperback books on Amazon.ca and Amazon.com.au (Amazon.mx coming soon).

Those holding out at CreateSpace, like me, no longer have a choice. Amazon’s message is clear:

In a few weeks, we’ll start automatically moving your CreateSpace books to KDP. Your books will remain available for sale throughout the move and you’ll continue to earn royalties.

My plan, once school began, was to spend a few weeks going through my titles and moving updated copies from CreateSpace to KDP Print to sell at Amazon and the expanded markets. I’d also recreate the books at Lulu for my author prints.

WARNING: I do NOT endorse Lulu’s publishing packages. In fact, don’t go near them. Ignore them. I use Lulu for print on demand service only. I’ll write a post about this soon. For me, Lulu works as a printer, but they are connected to a notorious company that takes advantage of unsuspecting authors.

Regarding Payment

Amazon’s message stated:

Going forward you will be paid on KDP’s payment schedule. CreateSpace pays monthly royalties 30 days after the end of the month in which they were earned while KDP pays monthly royalties approximately 60 days after the end of the month in which they were earned.

However, there was no word on balances currently at CreateSpace below the threshold of $100 for Canadian authors. I assume the balances remaining in each country of purchase will also be transferred to KDP Print and paid out accordingly.

For those who don’t know, Canadians must reach a threshold of $100 in a particular country before we are sent a cheque.

There is no official word on when my books have to be moved. If I don’t get to them before the automatic transfer, I’ll have to deal with updating them on KDP Print. I’ve helped others publish their books on the new system, so I’m already familiar with the set up.

Have you moved your books yet? Or are you going to let Amazon take care of them with the automated transfer?


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20 thoughts on “No One is Surprised: CreateSpace Closes and KDP Print Takes Over

  1. Hey Di. I think we all got the email. I had also read more details on David Gaughran’s blog. According to David, we just follow the links starting with the popup message we are to receive when we go to our Createspace dashboards and sign into KDP from there and verify our accounts, and then click ‘move my books’. Only problem is many authors, including myself, have not received the popup on CS. I emailed Amazon, as usual they were useless, but I later learned from another source that they were only inviting ‘x’ amount of authors at a time to move their books over. Eventually,. they will move the books themselves if we don’t get the pop up invite on CS to do so. No thanks to Amazon did I learn this from others.
    On a better note, they did answer my enquiry about “Will my royalties be moved over from CS” and they answered yes, they will be added to our sales and paid out as we are paid every 2 months for our ebooks. That’s all I know. I’ve given up checking my CS dashboard. If they need me they can email me LOL 🙂

    • Thanks for your comment, Debby. I did hear from a few authors who didn’t get the email message, but they may have by now. This was last week when I made this post. Like you, I don’t get the pop-up message when I sign into CreateSpace. I want to transfer my books this week, but I wanted to wait for that one-click button. If the pop-up doesn’t appear, I’ll just allow things to happen naturally.

      As you mentioned, I think the biggest change folks are going to find is the uselessness of Kindle’s help centre. I haven’t had many issues over the past seven years of self-publishing, only two to be exact, one with CreateSpace and one with Kindle. I’m hoping the transition will go smoothly, and I won’t have to contact them.

      Let’s hope all our books make the journey safely. You gotta love the publishing industry – always changing.

  2. Diane: Response from KPD with my questions:

    In a few weeks, we’ll start automatically moving your CreateSpace account details and books to Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). Because of how account details and books are moved, we’re unable to provide the exact date.

    If you would like to begin moving your books to KDP on your own, the process takes only a few minutes. You can get started from your CreateSpace Member Dashboard.

    If you use KDP for your print book is does not need to be exclusive to Amazon.

    The current version of your book will continue to be available for sale on Amazon, and any Expanded Distribution Channels you’ve selected, when it moves to Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). When you make changes to your book that requires you to republish it on KDP, we’ll review your book details and files.

    There are slight differences between the file review process on CreateSpace and KDP. To learn more about the file review process on KDP, check our Help page:
    https://kdp.amazon.com/help/topic/G201834190

    If you want to make changes to your CreateSpace print files after moving, we’ll check your book to ensure the title and author information were entered correctly and that there are no issues with your interior and cover files. This would be the only reason you might need a new cover.

    At this time, KDP does not offer a pre-order option for paperback books.

    If you choose not to set up with KDP your book may still be available on Amazon via Ingram Spark however I recommend that you talk with them to verify this as we are not associated with them and I am not familiar with their policies. I do know that we have Ingram Spark books on our website.

    When you move from CreateSpace to KDP, we will pay your accrued CreateSpace royalty earnings in full. Regardless of payment thresholds for check and wire payments, we will combine royalty earnings from all of marketplaces into one payment,

    I hope this has clarified your concerns, As always, please feel free to contact us should you have future questions or comments.

    • Judy, this is the same message I received to alert me of the change. I’ve heard from some writers who did not receive the message, but received a notice when they logged into CreateSpace. I do not receive that notice when I log into my CreateSpace account. It is strange that not everyone is being given the message the same way. I can only assume they are rolling the messages out in batches, so the system won’t crash. Thank you for sharing.

      • No, this is not the same message — I got the canned message — this also talks about our royalties which you did not have the answer to, and makes it clear you can’t do pre-orders. I’m sticking with Ingram Spark. They upload to Amazon, libraries and all booksellers. And you can do pre-orders.

        • Judy, I did make a mistake. I was in the middle of running from one appointment to another and had quickly scanned the message. A lot of the language was the same, so my brain read it as the same. Thank you. I’m glad the royalties will simply be combined and paid.This fall, I plan to put my first book through IngramSpark. Once it’s loaded, I’ll remove it from KDP Print.

          • Diane, if you join https://www.ibpa-online.org/ Ingram (and all updates / uploads) are free but IAPDA is $129/year (US)– you have to decide if benefits outweigh that. Ingram upload is $49 and all revisions are free until you approve for distribution — after that $25/change.

            PS I really like Ingram

            • Thanks, Judy, but $129 a year is too expensive for me. The Ingram upload fee is returned when I buy a certain number of books in the first three months, so I’ll use that incentive instead. I see there are many other benefits to joining, but glancing through the list, I would not use most of them. I’ve heard many good things about Ingram, and I’ll be there one day.

  3. I have books on CreateSpace, but since my publisher deals with it, I’ll leave itnup to him. I have self-published one book there that needs a bit of tweaking, so when I’ve done that, I’ll move it. Thank you for the post.
    I see a number of authors using Ingramsparks. I’ve not used them myself, having used Smashwords. What is the general opinion of writers of there two?

    • IngramSpark is a professional printer and distributor of printed and eBooks. They are a major company in the world of book printing. Smashwords sells and distributes eBooks only and on a smaller scale. Both companies are well-established and many writers use both. One could say IngramSpark is more professional, but Smashwords sells a lot of eBooks. Personally, I think writers think highly of both companies.

  4. I read in a FB group about a Canadian who moved over early and was paid their outstanding balance. I hope we can get direct deposits for our paperbacks along with our e-books!

    Still considering moving exclusively to IngramSpark though.

    • Linda, thank you for the news. I was hoping the money would simply be transferred and paid out. Sales for a few channels (UK for example) trickle in and take a long time to reach 100 pounds.Like you, my fingers are crossed for direct deposit. It’s so much easier.

      Although I will eventually go with IngramSpark, my books will be at KDP Print to sell on Amazon only. I’m unsure, but I can only assume I’d get higher royalties if I sold my books directly through Amazon instead of through IngramSpark to Amazon.

      • Yes, you’ll get a better royalty rate from KDP to Amazon than Ingram, but the difference isn’t much. I also found out that we will be getting the money CS owes us when we move. Yay! Now as long as our author copies aren’t more expensive, we’ll be okay. 😛

  5. I don’t know if I should be concerned about this right now. I have set up an account with Createspace and put in a few details about my upcoming book. I am preparing now to send my manuscript to my editor so it hasn’t been uploaded to Createspace yet. Should I be doing something proactive with my Createspace account now?

    • Doug, you should abandon your CreateSpace account now and open a Kindle Account for your upcoming book. There’s no need of going through the time and effort of setting it up because in a few weeks, the transfer of books will begin. Do you have books already on CreateSpace?

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