Not in the least bit unexpected, Amazon has informed authors that its CreateSpace platform is set to merge with KDP Print soon. This has been on the horizon for more than 18 months since Amazon launched KDP Print in 2016.
Authors have been receiving an alert notification on their CreateSpace dashboards over recent days and many established indie authors had already begun the process of migrating their books before the news was confirmed.
Further details of the migration process are available here on KDP’s main help page. The intention appears to be to offer all the same CreateSpace services/benefits on KDP Print, though it is not entirely clear yet if authors will be able to avail on the same wholesale book discounts.
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.
The CreateSpace and KDP Team
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yeah, this sucks. KDP offers LESS royalties, charges more for the author to order print books and pays royalties, not in 30 days like createspace, but 60 days. I closed my account…….both KDP and Createspace. It is ridiculous. Looking for another print on demand company now. I am so disappointed in KDP. I loved createspace. And no, the first time I heard about it? (I have been with createspace for years) was this week………:(
Kristi, if you still have the completed files, then IngramSpark might be one option.
From what I can tell, the pricing and royalties for CreateSpace and KDP are identical. In my case, the cost of my books goes down $.01 and royalties go up $.01 with the move. Woohoo!
Just on the last point in the article. Several authors who have made the switch to KDP Print have confirmed to me that wholesale discounts are the same and the cost of printed copies to the authors are the same or just a few cents more.