Amazon is about to throw a wrench in authors’ carefully made plans.
Reports are coming in that some time in the next month, Amazon will be sending Createspace users an email informing them that Createspace is merging into KDP Print. Yes, the inevitable is about to happen, but it’s not all bad; according to my source, legacy pricing for existing Createspace users will still be available (Createspace’s pricing was better in some markets).
Launched in July 2016, KDP Print is intended to give authors an easy to to manage both their print and digital books in a single location. In its early days access was quite limited, but the service opened for a public beta test early last year, and Amazon has been adding features ever since.
The newer platform doesn’t quite have the same features as Createspace, but according to experts there are good reasons to choose either one. It appears, however, that Amazon might soon no longer give authors a choice.
Or so early reports suggest; I am still working to confirm this rumor. The Createspace website is down at this time, thus making it impossible to see if they have posted a notice, and Amazon hasn’t responded yet to my query.
Have you been told anything by KDP or Createspace support? Can you go ask them and see what they say?
Update: I think we have confirmation from Amazon:
We don’t comment on rumors or speculation. However, as we’ve said previously in response to author inquiries, CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing are both part of the same team that helps authors publish and sell their books. They also use the same facilities and printers. Both services will be fully integrated in the future. This will allow us to innovate even faster for customers.