Amazon just hammered another nail into Createspace's coffin.
The retailer sent out an email this morning to select Createspace users, informing them that Createspace's disc production unit was shifting over to Amazon.
From a thread on KBoards:
Hello CreateSpace Video and Audio Content Provider,
We are excited to announce the launch of Amazon Media on Demand and are letting you know the important steps you need to take with your CreateSpace account. Amazon Media on Demand is a new portal where our disc content providers can sell their video and audio assets as physical media products on Amazon. In addition to current CreateSpace product options, you'll have access to exciting new features, such as the ability to create multi-disc titles and a simplified product setup workflow. Please click here to learn more.
As part of our improved service to media creators, we are moving all CreateSpace's Disc on Demand services to Amazon Media on Demand. To prepare for this move, you will want to take the following steps:
1) Make sure that your payment/banking and tax information is up to date.
2) If you are receiving payments by check, update your payment information for electronic payment (Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) or wire transfer) if you're able to receive payments in this manner (click here to learn more).
3) If you're planning to request proof or member orders, place your orders before August 1.
In the next few weeks, we will begin transferring your existing CreateSpace disc titles to Amazon Media on Demand. You will no longer be able to access your CreateSpace account or create new disc titles after August 31. Titles manufactured via Amazon Media on Demand will continue to be manufactured in the same facilities, on the same machines, and by the same people. Focusing our efforts on the Amazon Media on Demand portal will allow us to innovate faster on your behalf. Because of the size of our catalog, we will move all CreateSpace CD, DVD, and Blu-ray titles over to Amazon Media on Demand over the course of several weeks. During this time, your titles will remain available on Amazon.com.
You will receive an email with next steps on how to access your Amazon Media on Demand account by September 15. If you would like to move to Amazon Media on Demand earlier, please contact us.
To learn more about the great things Amazon Media on Demand has to offer, click here.
The CreateSpace Team
Bit by bit, Amazon has been shutting down different parts of Createspace. First they launch KDP Print, a competing/replacement POD service, then they shut down Createspace's publishing services unit, and now they have shifted the DVD and CD production to another part of Amazon. As a result, there isn't much left in Createspace besides the book POD service.
All of a sudden my report earlier this month about Amazon merging Createspace into KDP Print suddenly looks less like a rumor and more like a leak that revealed Amazon's future plans, doesn't it?
That merger is supposed to be announced in another couple weeks, and be complete by the end of the summer. I still expect that to happen but it's also worth noting that there are certain similarities between today's news and that two week old leak. There's an excellent chance that the leak I reported two weeks ago was actually supposed to refer to today's news, but was garbled at some point before it got to me.
Even if that is the case, I still expect the rest of Createspace to shut down by the end of the year at the latest.