Moving From Createspace To Amazon KDP Paperback Publishing

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How To Move Your Paperback Titles

Createspace has come to an end

 

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

 

This article remains only for reference value.

 

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.

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

  • April 4, 2019 at 4:46 pm
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    Pehaps KDP can figure out why mine did not.

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  • April 4, 2019 at 4:18 pm
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    My cover, ISBN and text moved over from CS to KDP just fine.

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  • April 4, 2019 at 12:40 am
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    The big problem is that you are starting from scratch at KDP. The Kindle editions moved over just fine, but you have to start from scratch on paperback editions: create a new cover, request a new ISBN (the old one cannot be used), upload the text again. Worse, many of the features of the CreateSpace platform (ordering author copies) are gone. Why did they screw this up so badly?

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  • November 2, 2018 at 10:56 pm
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    Considering your article was just published a couple days ago, I’m surprised you’re missing the glaring problems with the CreateSpace-KDP transition. Here are just a few:

    1. An author or publisher cannot buy copies of their book unless it’s publicly available on Amazon. This eliminates the ability to privately publish books, which is useful for sponsored editions, special runs, and many other situations.
    2. KDP does not “support” many common languages, like Chinese. This means many authors who have books that contain other languages are now in limbo. I have one client who started publishing an English-Chinese bilingual series on CreateSpace… he can’t continue now because KDP won’t accept new titles containing the Chinese. This is utterly stupid since these are paperback books (not Kindle) with provided PDFs with embedded fonts.
    3. KDP provides author-cost and royalty calculators only via an Excel spreadsheet, unlike CreateSpace’s online calculators. This would be somewhat acceptable EXCEPT they don’t work on Mac Excel, Apple Numbers, and Open Office. So, you literally have no way of knowing how to price your title until you get to the pricing step in the title set-up on KDP… which is AFTER you have to upload your PDFs. I hope I don’t need to explain the problems this creates.
    4. KDP’s print proof contains a GIANT WATERMARK on the cover that precludes you from actually seeing how the cover looks! Don’t they know what the proof is for?

    So please don’t write as if this KDP transition is either no big deal or actually a great thing. It’s not. Just go to the KDP community forum thread on the transition from CreateSpace to KDP to see even more problems this is causing valuable customers.

    And it’s not as if KDP didn’t have YEARS to get this transition right.

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    • January 1, 2019 at 3:47 am
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      I agree about the watermark on the cover. What is that all about? Createspace knew that we often use these proof copies for resale at our local promotions. I don’t like the “bottom line” focus on author copies. KDP Paperback – Please take that watermark off. Thanks.

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  • October 3, 2018 at 10:43 pm
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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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  • September 17, 2018 at 10:42 pm
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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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  • September 4, 2018 at 11:53 am
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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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    • September 4, 2018 at 1:42 pm
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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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