If you’re a self-published author, I’m sure you have heard the rumors about CreateSpace closing down. These rumors have been flying around in Facebook writer’s groups for months as we all held our breath. Recently, these rumors have been confirmed.
Moving On: From CreateSpace to KDP Print.
I have mixed feelings about this. I’m sad because CreateSpace is where I got my start publishing the print version of my first book. I loved the ease of setting up my titles, and the ease of ordering. Publishing the other print versions of my books with them has been a pleasure as well. As you can see, I’m a loyal customer. Still, I have no issues with change. You have to in this business because, like everything else, it is happening all the time.
The Transition Itself.
From what I have heard, the transition itself isn’t so bad. As some of you know, I follow an author named Jonathan Green and he posted a video in his private Facebook group, showing the migration of his books. All seemed to go fairly well so I’m not particularly worried. There were a few issues but they were minor. It looks like all you will have to do is log into your CreateSpace account and your Amazon account and push a button to transfer everything. His whole catalog was moved over very quickly.
I am currently in my CreateSpace account but can’t find the ‘Move to KDP’ button anywhere. Let me check in the ‘Community’ area. Oh, okay, it sounds like each author will get an email when their account has the ability to move books. It also sounds like if you used their cover creator for your books, they will transfer over as well. I was wondering if I would have issues with my covers, but it doesn’t seem so. We will see what happens when I move everything. I’m definitely not expecting perfection, everything has glitches.
Pros and Cons.
As with every change, there are pros and cons to everything.
- Categories-Amazon KDP Print offers two category selections compared to CreateSpace.
- Keywords-Amazon KDP Print offers seven keywords compared to only five with CreateSpace.
- Royalties-On the downside, Amazon KDP Print pays less royalties than CreateSpace.
Even with the changes, I’m excited to see how working with Amazon KDP Print will go. Stay tuned for a follow up post about transitioning my books and more with Amazon KDP. Are you concerned about the CreateSpace to KDP Print transfer? Post in the comments, I would love to know your thoughts.