Between 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.
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.
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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