Well, it’s official. CreateSpace, Amazon’s well-regarded book editing, formatting, and print-on-demand publishing service, is no more. If you are one of the many authors who published via CreateSpace, the change might have come as a shock—or you might have seen the end coming. Either way, now is not the time to rant and rave about it. Instead, we all have to focus on doing what Amazon wants—especially if we want our books to stay live and available—and that’s switching to Kindle Direct Publishing, or KDP for short.
Happily, the process of transferring your files to KDP is not complicated. And we at Elite Authors will not only explain how to move your books from CreateSpace to KDP, but we are ready to help you maneuver around any roadblocks you might trip over along the way.
As Amazon has explained, CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing are now one service. In early 2018, CreateSpace announced that (as of April 20, 2018) they would no longer be offering any paid publishing services. Apparently, this was a move that had been in the works for quite some time, and while some authors noticed earlier than others, the actual announcement came as a bit of a surprise to almost everyone.
CreateSpace was getting unwieldy. Originally designed to attract authors to Amazon’s print-on-demand service, it offered a number of editorial, formatting, design, and other services that authors truly loved. Amazon’s basic business model, however, is about tinkering with what seems to work in order to make it work even better, and they decided that folding CreateSpace into KDP would allow Amazon to do more of what it does best—sell books—with less fussing around with the creative side. Eventually, CreateSpace will completely close down. At this point, your only option is to move your books to your new KDP account—or find another print-on-demand service.
Although in the first days and weeks after the initial announcement, authors could personally handle the transfer of their books from CreateSpace to KDP, you no longer need to worry about this. What you do need to know is exactly how to access your new KDP account, as well as your books.
Of course, as easy as Amazon has tried to make it to move your books from CreateSpace to KDP, that’s no guarantee that everything will go smoothly. Some authors have encountered a few problems with the crossover while others had no trouble at all. You may, for example, find that one of your books transfers cleanly, but the next one ends up with new formatting issues or corrupted metadata.
If you have any hiccups at all when you move your books to KDP, remember you can always reach out to us here at Elite Authors. Our publishing consultants can take you through the process step-by-step, or we can answer specific questions you may have about any aspect of your published books—or even the books you have yet to publish.