The End Of CreateSpace
The end of CreateSpace is finally here, so what does this mean for indie authors?
The end of CreateSpace has been looming on the horizon for at least the last 12 months for many authors. While there has been a lot of talk about Amazon merging CreateSpace with their Kindle Paperback program and what it would mean for authors, many people assumed that it would still be a while away.
Only a few days ago the ax finally fell with CreateSpace posting a link on their website advising that authors could merge their titles onto the Amazon Kindle dashboard. Some authors had already manually started the process months ago in preparation for this move, but others were waiting for the announcement before making a decision either way.
Surprisingly, the process to merge books from one platform to another was quite painless. In our case anyway. We followed the link, went through the steps, and out of 16 titles all of them except one transferred over seamlessly.
That’s not to say that it’s going to be that easy for everyone.
Great formatting meant that our books transitioned over to the new platform with no errors and nothing to adjust. That’s why great formatting is an investment that every author should make in their own books.
Kindle Paperback Breakdown
- One of the pros to the new move is now you don’t need to check different platforms to see what your sales are. You can check your Kindle sales and paperback sales on the one site. From now on you’ll need to upload all your titles on Kindle Paperback
- Don’t let Kindle Paperback tell you that you’ll need to redo something. If your files were approved on CreateSpace, then they’ll work on Kindle Paperback in almost 99% of cases.
- The cover templates on Kindle Paperback can be a bit more temperamental than CreateSpace was, but just take your time, and you should be fine.
- Don’t be afraid to phone or contact Kindle Paperback and do battle with them over errors. Quite often it’s the system that’s at fault, not your cover or book formatting.
- There is going to be a small transition period, but overall in our opinion, there shouldn’t be any major disruptions to sales or uploading and publishing of books on Amazon.
If you would like any help with formatting your book, or the transition from CreateSpace to Kindle Paperback, don’t hesitate to contact us!