On August 28, 2018, Kindle Direct Publishing sent out an email to customers with this subject line: CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing to become one service.

Here is the body of the email from KDP in full. Read the email (if you haven’t already) and then scroll down for what we suggest you do next.

Hello,

We’re excited to announce that CreateSpace (CSP) and Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) will become one service, and in the coming days, we will give CreateSpace members the ability to move their account and titles. To ensure a quality experience, we will add links to the CreateSpace member dashboard in phases so authors may see it at different times. As a reminder, 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). With these features, KDP’s paperback distribution will be on par with CreateSpace’s distribution. KDP also offers features that aren’t available on CreateSpace. These include the ability to purchase ads to promote paperbacks on Amazon.com and locally printed author copies in Europe. 

As a result of these enhancements to KDP and our ongoing efforts to provide a more seamless experience for managing your paperback and digital books, CreateSpace and KDP will become one service. On KDP, your paperbacks will still be printed in the same facilities, on the same printers, and by the same people as they were on CreateSpace.

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. Once we begin this process you’ll be unable to edit existing titles or create new titles on CreateSpace.

If you have a release planned soon or you would like to start the move yourself, we are making updates that will allow you to move your entire catalog in just a few steps. During this transition, you can contact KDP customer support by email and access phone support in English.

There are a few payment and printing fee differences associated with the move. 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. As a result, you’ll be paid in September for any royalties earned in August on CreateSpace and be paid in October for any royalties earned in August on KDP. In addition, some low-page count books will see an increase in printing fees when they are printed in the UK and EU. This affects a small number of titles. If your titles are affected by this change, you will receive a separate email on this topic. Learn more about KDP’s printing fees here.

To learn more about the move and review the latest, visit here. We’ll be in touch with more updates in the coming weeks.

It is still Day 1 for independent publishing. As Amazon’s recent shareholder letter noted, there are more than a 1,000 authors who earn more than a $100,000 a year from their work with us. We could not be more optimistic about the future of independent publishing and this change will allow us to innovate faster for you.

Best Regards,
The CreateSpace and KDP Team

CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing: What You Should Do Next

As outlined in the above email, you have three choices:

  1. Do nothing. If I’m reading the above email correctly, your books will be automatically migrated from CreateSpace to KDP at some point in the future. If you wait for this automatic migration, your CreateSpace Direct Expanded Distribution won’t transfer over and your Expanded Distribution may be interrupted until you choose new channels. See the note below about Expanded Distribution.
  2. Be proactive. Open a KDP account at https://kdp.amazon.com. Over the next while, KDP will start notifying authors who are CreateSpace clients that their books are being migrated over and will instruct them how to do it. Periodically log into your CreateSpace account and look for the message that will allow you to migrate the titles yourself. During this process you will need to open a KDP account, so you might as well do it ahead of time. Note that if you have created a Kindle eBook in the past, you have a KDP account already. The login should be the same as your general Amazon.com login.
  3. Skip CreateSpace if you have a new book to upload: Open a KDP account and use it for both your paperback and Kindle eBook.

Important Things to Know About CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing

First, don’t take our word for it. KDP has published extensive instructions, which you can read here. We strongly encourage you to visit this page and to contact their help line if you have questions.

KDP University is running free interactive webinars to introduce authors to KDP. You can register for them here.

Expanded Distribution:

Expanded distribution is distribution beyond Amazon to other online and brick-and-mortar retailers. There are a couple of issues here:

  • If you had selected CreateSpace Direct under Expanded Distribution for a book title on your CreateSpace account, this option will no longer be offered on KDP. They are asking authors to review their Expanded Distribution options for titles on CreateSpace and select an alternate Expanded Distribution option. Currently, the only other option listed is “Bookstores and Online Retailers.” Authors who have selected CreateSpace Direct for any of their titles will receive an email notifying them of this change.
  • CreateSpace allowed you to select Expanded Distribution for a title without making the book available for sale on Amazon. KDP will not allow this, and any titles migrated from CreateSpace to KDP that are not available for sale on Amazon will be held in “draft” status and won’t be available for sale anywhere! To correct this situation, log into your CreateSpace account and for each title that this applies to, select “Standard Distribution.”

On the topic of expanded distribution, our recommendation has always been, and will continue to be, that authors use CreateSpace (now KDP) for distribution to Amazon and IngramSpark for expanded distribution. IngramSpark has traditionally been cheaper for expanded distribution than CreateSpace and we don’t expect that to change. Thus, for any future titles that you are uploading, we suggest you use KDP for publication to Amazon (both eBook and paperback) and IngramSpark for expanded distribution.

Author Payments:

Just to repeat what the above email says, KDP pays 60 days after the close of a month. We suggest that you go onto your CreateSpace account now and ensure that your banking and tax information is up-to-date.

Final Words on CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing

Ha! We don’t expect there will be final words in this ongoing saga. We will keep you updated as we learn more.

In the meantime, feel free to leave your stories and wise words about migrating to KDP in the comments section below so that other authors might learn from you.