Big Changes With CreateSpace and Kindle
I got notification from Amazon yesterday that Create Space will be merging with Kindle over the next few weeks. Kindle is now printing paperback books, so having both Create Space and Kindle was overkill for Amazon. According to the email, all CreateSpace books will be automatically moved over to your Kindle account over the next weeks, so no action is required. Or, you can manually move your titles now.
I decided to move my titles and share my experience, in case any of you are concerned. Here’s the results of my test:
The process of moving the titles was very easy. You have to press 4-5 buttons and the system does the work. If you do not have a Kindle account, set one up first. Go to kdp.amazon.com– there is no www first, which is confusing.
However, when I checked my files this morning, two of my older titles, published in 2012 and 2008, did not port over correctly. I am going to experiment as there are 2 books with troubles. I’m going to manually fix one and leave the other one alone to see if kindle sorts out the problem. Both books are still listed for sale so it may be something that will be resolved easily by the computers at Amazon.
I do suggest that 24 hours after you move your titles, you go in and check each one. You will have the opportunity to add in 2 more keywords. CreateSpace only allows 5 keywords but Kindle offers 7. Click through the process of reviewing the paperback book. All I had to do was add 2 keywords and click through the 3 pages. All the pricing and book descriptions were already there. It took less than 5 minutes for each title.
Kindle has international and bookstore distribution now, just like Create Space did, so you are not losing any sales channels. The primary difference is in royalty payments. Create Space paid 30 days after the sale was made, but Kindle pays 60 days post sale.
In the long run, this consoldation by Amazon will make things easier for us. Now we only need to work with one accout for publishing and payments instead of two. The same printing presses and 24 hour shipping time will occur. I believe this change will make things easier for authors in Canada and other places outside the USA as well.
To be honest, I was a little nervous when I read of this change. However, it was much easier than it sounded. Hope my experiences will help you too!