Moving From Createspace To Amazon KDP Paperback Publishing

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How To Move Your Paperback Titles

Createspace is coming to an end

Update: Createspace is now officially merged with Kindle Direct Publishing. Check the FAQ page for more details.

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.

Update: Createspace is now officially merged with Kindle Direct Publishing. Check the FAQ page for more details.

Further reading: What Is ISBN And Do You Need One If You Are Self-Publishing?

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Derek Haines

Derek Haines is an Australian author, living in Switzerland.

32 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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  • I’m about to launch my fifth novel this month and once the book is out there and selling I’ll swap all five titles over to KDP. I don’t sell many paperbacks through bookshops etc as I sell from my website and Facebook contacts. Saving on postage (I always order fast track) will be a real bonus for me. Thanks for this informative and easy to follow blog post. Happy writing everyone.

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  • I’m thinking of moving a book from Createspace to KDP, and am wondering what happens to my (under 100$) royalty balance in Createspace, does it also follow?

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    • I don’t think so, Steven. You should send a message to Createspace to ask what happens to your earnings.

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  • Not so sure about going across now after hearing the woes of an author in my Writers group. She was not happy with her proof copy and having all the problems in the world replacing it and if you live in Australia there may be additional problems of getting Author copies shipped here.

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  • I have two books of a science fiction /fantasy series called ‘The Grid Saga’, which are currently published by CreateSpace. As you say, the writing seems to be on the wall that eventually the CreateSpace operation will switch to Kindle Direct Print, so I am thinking seriously about transferring the book over to Kindle.
    Originally I paid for a specific internal format offered by CreateSpace, in which the first two books are formatted. The result looks professional and I want to retain that specific formatting. Have you any idea if the internal formatting would be adhered to If I transfer from CreateSpace to Kindle Direct Print?

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    • I am only guessing, John. But your interior book file was a pdf, so it shouldn’t change when moved to KDP. But it would be wise to contact KDP help for definitive advice.

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  • This was incredibly useful as amazon just shut down my ingramspark paperback format for no reason. To ensure availability on amazon I am forced to move to an amazon pod and I was unsure which way to go. I will now go with KDP. I think it’s also worth mentioning that if you plan to do paid advertising through sponsored ads, you can only do that with Kdp.

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  • Thanks so much for this helpful overview, Derek. I’m wondering what happens to the ISBN numbers I purchased and used for my paperback books at Createspace. Are those transferable to amazon along with the rest of each book?

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    • From memory, I think you can transfer your ISBN numbers. Best double check with KDP help though.

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  • Hi, Thanks for posting such a detailed guide. I followed, and it doesn’t offer me option “3. Select “Yes” when asked whether this book was previously published on CreateSpace.”
    Do you know why is this? I tripled checked, the metadata is identical to that of CS.
    In CS I haven’t had a button/link to transfer the books either.
    Thanks for the advice

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  • I was most interested in the CreateSpace option to bulk buy copies at an author’s price. I sell to local bookshops and the game is not worth the candle without this facility.

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    • You can bulk buy author copies from KDP the same as you did from Createspace.

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  • Unfortunately when I follow the directions they do not work. “Order Author Copies” does not come up as an option.

    These are the instructions. They do not work.

    Go to your Bookshelf and find the paperback you would like to order.
    Click on the Order Author Copies link in the ellipsis (“…”) menu.
    Enter the order quantity and select the Amazon marketplace closest to your shipping destination from the drop-down menu.

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    • Yes, I just checked and the same for me. It might be a glitch due to the merging of Createspace. I have been able to access this feature previously, so I think it is only temporary. You could contact KDP if the problem remains for too long.

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  • Looks like the expanded distribution and Amazon.ca issue was resolved (still waiting on Amazon.mx)
    https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/topic/GQTT4W3T5AYK7L45

    “Is Expanded Distribution available on KDP?
    Yes, Expanded Distribution is available on KDP. To maintain uninterrupted enrollment and availability in Expanded Distribution and keep your books available for online retailers and bookstores to purchase in a few weeks (when the move from CreateSpace to KDP begins), you’ll need to make your books available for sale on Amazon.com. To make your books available for sale, please log in to your CreateSpace account and choose “Amazon.com” under the “Standard Distribution” channels.

    If you don’t take action before the move begins, your CreateSpace books that aren’t available for sale on Amazon.com will move to KDP in a “draft” status and will no longer be enrolled in Expanded Distribution. To re-enroll in Expanded Distribution, you’ll need to make your books available for sale on Amazon.com by publishing and enabling Expanded Distribution through the KDP Bookshelf. It can take six to eight weeks for your book to become available again in Expanded Distribution channels. Learn more about Expanded Distribution.
    Will my book be available on Amazon.ca or Amazon.com.mx?
    We’ve added Amazon.ca and Amazon.com.au (Amazon.mx is coming soon). If your book was available on Amazon.ca through CreateSpace, it will continue to be available there through KDP after the transition.”

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  • Ordered a few author copies after moving to KDP – shipping to Canada is more – meaning authors don’t profit if they sell a book here. Also it’s going to take SEVENTEEN days to reach me. CS used to be here in less than a week.

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