Moving From Createspace To Amazon KDP Paperback Publishing

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How To Move Your Paperback Titles

Createspace is coming to an end

If you have published paperback titles using the Createspace service, it is time to think about moving your books to Amazon KDP. (Kindle Direct Publishing)

There have been many problems with Createspace over the years. Most of the problems have involved unfair electronic payment options for non-US authors.

Now, however, it is possible to publish your paperback titles directly using print on demand on Amazon KDP and have your royalty payments collected and paid along with your Kindle ebook payments.

This is a much more sensible way to manage book sales and income for independent authors.

While Amazon started offering paperback publishing some time ago on KDP, many practical features were missing. One of the most obvious was that you could not purchase copies of your printed books.

But recently, Amazon has upgraded its paperback publishing and it is now offering services that make it a viable choice.

However, it is yet to offer any of the Createspace professional services.

Here is a quick summary of what KDP paperback publishing now offers.

Distribution to Amazon.com (US)
Distribution to Europe (Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, and Amazon.es)
Distribution to Japan (Amazon.co.jp)
Distribution to Canada and Mexico (Amazon.ca and Amazon.com.mx) (Not yet)
Order physical proof copies
Order wholesale author copies
Expanded distribution to bookstores and non-Amazon websites (Not yet)

I am at a loss to understand why there is still a problem with Canada, but hopefully, this will be remedied shortly.

The only other issue that might be worth considering, is that Amazon KDP does not as yet distribute to other bookstores.

So if your print book is currently available on Barnes & Noble via Createspace, changing to KDP will end this book marketing avenue.

What do you need to do to move your books from Createspace to KDP?

The process is quick and easy. I moved all of my titles across to KDP a couple of months ago, and the process was seamless.

All of my titles remained listed as before with no loss of reviews or sales rank.

As a bonus, my paperback sales have increased noticeably since I made the move. Perhaps because I was selling next to none before.

It made me wonder, however, if my Createspace orders were being correctly attributed in the past. I can’t say, but such a sudden change in my sales fortune made me a little suspicious.

Perhaps it is a good reason for you to consider moving your paperbacks too. It is quick and easy to do and the online review process works very well.

Here is the process as explained by Amazon KDP help.

1. Set up a new paperback title on your KDP Bookshelf.

2. On the Paperback Details page, enter the same metadata used for your CreateSpace book.

3. Select “Yes” when asked whether this book was previously published on CreateSpace.

4. Click “Save and Continue” to move on to the Paperback Content page.

5. Under the ISBN header, enter the same 13-digit ISBN used to publish your book on CreateSpace. Do you have a 10-digit ISBN issued by CreateSpace? If so, use the ISBN converter to find your 13-digit ISBN equivalent.

6. Click “Continue” to sign in to your CreateSpace account and validate your ownership of the title.

7. Once you’re redirected back to KDP, your book’s files and details should update automatically. Scroll through to see that your files and information have properly transferred over. You can launch the Previewer to review your book before publishing.

8. Scroll to the bottom of the Paperback Content page and click “Save and Continue.”

9. In the Paperback Rights & Pricing tab, you can enter the same price you used on CreateSpace.

10. Now scroll to the bottom to submit your book for publishing.

After you publish your CreateSpace book on KDP, we’ll automatically remove your CreateSpace paperback from sale. Your KDP sales will be tracked in your KDP sales and royalty reports. You can still access historical sales reports on CreateSpace, but you won’t need to take further action there.

Your paperback books will now appear in your KDP dashboard, where you can check sales and your royalty earnings.

How to publish a new paperback title on Amazon KDP

As with all paperback publishing services, you will need a correctly formatted pdf manuscript file and a high-resolution book cover. Your cover design layout, of course, will be different from your ebook cover.

You can start the publishing process directly from your KDP dashboard by selecting ‘Create a New Title’ and select paperback.

Should you be new to paperback publishing, Amazon gives you step-by-step help on its Publish Your Paperback on KDP page.

If you have already published your book as a Kindle ebook, your new print version will be assigned an ISBN number and then listed alongside it on your book sales page. This usually takes a couple of days to happen.

If for some reason this does not happen after a few days, contact Amazon KDP help and ask to have your two book versions linked.

Can you stay with Createspace?

There have been many reports about Createspace reducing its services and staff over recent months. While a definite closure has not been announced, it would be fair to assume that its days are numbered.

Due to the fact that Amazon has now incorporated almost all of the features needed for printed books into its KDP publishing platform, it would seem that moving your books to KDP would be a prudent step.

However, for the time being, at least, your paperback titles listed on Createspace will continue to be available on all Amazon stores.

So there is no panic to move your books right away.

But when you have time, it might be a wise move, at least to save on any last minute rush when and if Amazon decides to wind down Createspace.

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Derek Haines

Derek Haines is an Australian author, living in Switzerland.

14 thoughts on “Moving From Createspace To Amazon KDP Paperback Publishing

  • Thank you for this Step-by-Step, Derek – I’ve just successfully completed the transfer of my Mum’s book :D

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  • Thank you for alerting us to both new marketing possibilities with KDP and growing cutbacks at CreateSpace. Like many other author-teachers with several books that sell abroad, I’m keenly aware of the gaps in CreateSpace international marketing.

    Your article has given me the nudge to make sure that I do transfer over my fluency-focused Compelling Conversations titles in the near future. Thanks!

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  • I was wondering if Createspace was going to stay in business with its recent announcement to remove author services.
    Thankfully I am on my debut title so moving shouldn’t be too much of an issue.
    Thank you for sharing the step by step process.

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  • I honestly think Createspace is being slowly phased out by Amazon, Blaise. The writing was on the wall when Amazon first added paperback POD publishing to KDP.

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  • Great share, thank you. Although, as a Canadian,. I’m not ready to move to KDP and not have my own books available in Canada. How ridiculous! Canadian authors have always had the shaft from Amazon and Createspace. CS holds our royalties ransom until we reach a $100 dollar threshold . . . in each currency! I doubt I’ll ever see my royalties from China and other places that don’t seem to be the readers of my books. Maybe by the time I get to KDP they’ll send me my money.

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  • How about unlimited distribution offered at CreateSpace. Every once in a blue moon (or not even that often), one of my book sells out of someplace other than Amazon. If you move to KDP print, it sounds as if your books sell ONLY on Amazon. True?

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  • I prefer Ingram Spark in general, but have continued with CS for my titles because there were issues in the past with delayed order processing by Amazon for IS titles. Is that still an issue. What is the reason why you would want to use Amazon KDP?

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  • Thanks a bunch for this info.

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  • Hi,
    I did the move too but I show no sales. I know it is selling because I see people holding the book!
    Something gone askew during the changeover?

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    • It can take a few weeks for sales to show after the move. Not sure why, but I noticed that it took a little while. Perhaps some Createspace sales take time to be transferred. Since then though, all my sales seem to be reporting accurately.

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  • I’m working on the transfer of my 4 titles now. I was writing down the steps (so I don’t have to keep flopping between online pages) and I found what I think is a typo:

    “After you publish your CreateSpace book on KDP, we’ll automatically remove your CreateSpace paperback from sale. —> will be tracked in your KDP sales and royalty reports <—. You can still access historical sales reports on CreateSpace, but you won’t need to take further action there."

    The part in the arrows should read "Your former CreateSpace book will now be tracked in your KDP sales and royalty reports.

    It is a bit awkward to say you'll track KDP sales in your KDP reports.

    Just a thought. Otherwise it's good. Thanks for the step-by-step.

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    • The part of the text you mention is from Amazon KDP help. Therefore, I didn’t edit it.

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  • This is very interesting. At the moment I am having trouble getting help from createspace regarding not being able to log into my account. Amazon and KDP cannot help me and when they gave me a phone number to ring I had to hang up as I was ringing from Australia and was put on hold. This disturbs me as I cannot seem to get any help to unlock my account to access my books so I would not even be able to transfer them to KDP. Desperate for an answer to this

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