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Enter your CreateSpace email address and click Submit.
This will send an email with a link to your CreateSpace account email address within 3 hours.
Follow the email link and confirm your CreateSpace account information is correct.
Sign in to KDP to link your KDP account or create a new account.
Confirm you've selected the correct KDP account and click Take me to my books.
When we are done preparing your account, you’ll be sent to your KDP Bookshelf.
See this overview video on how to access your books.
Video: How to Access Your Books on KDP
Which email do I use on KDP to access my books?
If you have a KDP account, sign in to that account. If you are new to KDP and don’t have a KDP account, you can create one. You do not need to set up a new KDP account with your CreateSpace login if you already have a KDP account. If you maintain separate business entities for your print and digital publishing activities, you may want to create a new KDP account in the name of the business entity that manages your print publishing activities instead of linking to your existing KDP account. Keep in mind that if you choose this option, you won’t have the consolidated payments, reporting, and book management that a single account would give you.
How do I order author copies?
Author copies are copies of your live paperback that can be purchased at printing cost. After an order has shipped, you can track your packages on Amazon or in the Amazon mobile app. After the move, it can take up to 24 hours for your KDP Bookshelf to show the option to order copies. Learn more about author copies.
Video: Ordering Author Copies
When will I get paid?
We are actively working to pay royalties earned through CreateSpace that didn't meet the minimum threshold before the move but have since become eligible for payment. If your CreateSpace royalties are not eligible for payment, we are working to move them to your KDP account and they will be paid per KDP’s normal payment schedule.
How do I access my historical CreateSpace reports on KDP?
After your CreateSpace books move to KDP, your sales will be tracked in your KDP reports. You can also access your historical CreateSpace report data in your KDP reports after the move's complete:
If your sales are within the last 90 days, go to the Sales Dashboard tab. The default is set to 30 days, so adjust it to see the 90-day timeframe
If your sales are older than 90 days, go to the Historical tab
For both reports:
Choose the "All Marketplace" drop down to filter by marketplace "Createspace – US," "Createspace – UK," "CreateSpace - DE"
Choose the "Life to Date" dropdown to see all sales or choose the timeframe
Do I have to publish an eBook on KDP? You can publish both eBooks and paperbacks on KDP. You don't have to publish an eBook on KDP, but you can easily create an eBook edition of your paperback by clicking + Create eBook next to the book on your KDP Bookshelf. Publishing in both formats can help you reach new readers. Learn more about publishing eBooks on KDP.
What if I had a book in process on CreateSpace?
When we moved your books from CreateSpace to KDP, your incomplete book information moved along with your account details and available books. There are some differences between book statuses on CreateSpace and KDP:
KDP status after moving
Is anything changing about my agreement with CreateSpace?
If your books were moved to KDP automatically and you have not signed in to KDP to claim your titles, your Member Agreement with CreateSpace continues to be in effect. However, the rights you granted to CreateSpace under the Member Agreement have been transferred to the Amazon entities listed in the KDP Terms and Conditions. The CreateSpace Member Agreement has also been updated to be consistent with KDP's policies and guidelines, including royalty and payment terms and content guidelines. Once you sign in to KDP after linking your CreateSpace account, you'll need to accept the KDP Terms and Conditions to continue using KDP.
When your books moved to KDP, your reports, payment, and tax information also moved. You can review your payment and tax information in Your Account and view your reports from your Bookshelf.
Getting Started with KDP video
This video is a recorded webinar. It covers need-to-know information and introduces you to KDP.
What is KDP (0:33)
Logging in to KDP (1:56)
Tour of the KDP Account (2:08)
Account Set-up (4:35)
Contact information set-up (5:02)
Getting Paid Set-up (5:16)
Tax Interview (5:55)
Account Changes (7:09)
Creating a new book (7:34)
Book Details tab (8:06)
Book Content tab (8:16)
Book pricing tab (8:32)
Creating multiple formats (9:00)
What's behind the … (9:46)
Author Copies (10:10)
KDP Help pages (10:40)
KDP Jumpstart (11:08)
KDP University (11:38)
Kindle Create (12:32)
Print Previewer (13:26)
Creating Covers (14:15)
Royalties and pricing (15:53)
Historical report (18:07)
Month to date report (18:31)
Payment Report (18:39)
Prior months royalties (19:15)
Making changes (20:15)
Differences between CreateSpace and KDP
Overall, the self-publishing process on CreateSpace and KDP is the same. Just as you did on CreateSpace, you'll create covers, format interior files, choose print and distribution options, and buy copies on KDP. There are minor differences between the two sites, which we've included in this table:
Prior to the move, CreateSpace paid royalties every month, approximately 30 days after the end of the month in which they were earned. KDP pays royalties every month, approximately 60 days after the end of the month in which they were earned. As a result, you'll be paid in January for royalties earned in November on KDP and so forth, as long as they meet the minimum threshold. Expanded Distribution royalties will be paid 60 days after the end of the month in which our distributors report their sales.
Ordering author copies
When you order your copies of your book on KDP, you do so through your Amazon cart and can use Amazon order tracking. Also, copies for the U.K. and the rest of Europe are manufactured and shipped from within Europe. To order copies on KDP, you need to make your book available on Amazon. Learn more about author copies.
Authors and publishers can upload and sell books on KDP with content and book details written in these languages. Books currently available in unsupported languages from CreateSpace will continue to be available for sale on Amazon. This means that you cannot update or publish new books in unsupported languages. If your unsupported language book moved to KDP in a draft stage, you will need to publish it in a supported language. That said, we continue to evaluate which features and services we offer in the future, including supported languages.
If you used Cover Creator on CreateSpace, the design won't be compatible with Cover Creator on KDP. We moved your CreateSpace files and can print your book using your existing Cover Creator cover. If you want to update your cover after the move to KDP, you're welcome to design a new one using KDP's Cover Creator. You can also use our templates.
On CreateSpace, it was not required to make your book available on Amazon to enable Expanded Distribution. On, KDP, it's required. CreateSpace books that aren't available for sale on Amazon.com moved to KDP in a "draft" status and are no longer enrolled in Expanded Distribution. To re-enroll in Expanded Distribution, you'll need to make your books available for sale on Amazon.com by publishing and enabling Expanded Distribution through the KDP Bookshelf. It can take six to eight weeks for your book to become available again in Expanded Distribution channels. Learn more about Expanded Distribution.
On KDP, some low-page count books being printed in Europe (color books less than 30 pages and black-and-white books under 110 pages) will see an increase in printing costs. This affects a small number of titles. Use this calculator to determine printing costs.
Content and quality review
On KDP, if you update your book details (e.g., title, description, categories), manuscript and cover files, or publishing and territory rights, we'll review the updated version to ensure it meets our guidelines for book details, content, and quality.
Common tasks on KDP
The table below includes tasks you're used to doing on CreateSpace and resources for doing them on KDP. For how-to videos, guides with insider tips, and webinars hosted by Amazon publishing experts, check out KDP University.
To provide a more seamless experience, CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) have become one service making KDP the single place to publish and manage your paperback and digital books. CreateSpace and KDP customer support teams are the same team you trust to help you publish and sell your books, and we're all Amazon employees. Your paperback books are printed in the same facilities, on the same printers, and by the same people.
If you're publishing an eBook on KDP, you can enter an International Standard Book Number (ISBN) if you have one, but it's not required. If you're publishing a paperback, you have to enter an ISBN. You can enter a free ISBN from KDP or provide your own. If you use your own ISBN to publish your paperback, you'll be prompted to enter the imprint name as well. The imprint you enter must match either the imprint or publisher name that appears in Bowker (the U.S. ISBN agency). Also, the ISBN you enter can't be changed after you publish. If you want to change it, you'll have to republish your book as a new edition.
If CreateSpace assigned an ISBN to your book, "CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform" will be the imprint of your book on Amazon. If you provided your own ISBN and imprint name, the name you provide will be listed as your book's publisher on Amazon.
KDP allows one contact, the account holder, per account. To help us protect your account security, manage all your KDP books under a single KDP account. KDP's Terms and Conditions also require you to maintain one account at a time. Due to the sensitive information in your KDP account, we're only able to respond to emails sent from the account holder's email address.
Note: If you maintain separate business entities for your print and digital publishing activities, you may want to create a KDP account in the name of the business entity that manages your print publishing activities instead of linking to your existing KDP account.
Books that aren't live on CreateSpace moved to KDP and appear there in "draft" status. The statuses "awaiting proof" and "proof review" status don't exist on KDP. This won't stop you from editing or updating your book while proofs are being shipped. If you ordered a proof while on CreateSpace, you'll receive your copy as scheduled. Changes, if needed, will need to be made on KDP after the move is complete.
No, the transition to KDP won't affect your royalty rate. Like CreateSpace, KDP offers 60% royalty (minus printing costs) for retail sales and 40% (minus printing costs) for Expanded Distribution. Based on the print options you chose, KDP automatically calculates and displays your estimated royalty in the Rights & Pricing section of title setup.
CreateSpace pays royalties every month, approximately 30 days after the end of the month in which they were earned. KDP pays royalties every month, approximately 60 days after the end of the month in which they were earned. As a result, you'll be paid in November for royalties earned in October on CreateSpace, be paid in November for royalties earned in September on KDP, and be paid in December for royalties earned in October on KDP and so forth as long as they meet the minimum threshold. Expanded Distribution royalties will be paid 60 days after the end of the month in which our distribution partners report their sales. Going forward, you'll be paid on KDP's payment schedule.
Yes, Expanded Distribution is available on KDP. CreateSpace books that aren't available for sale on Amazon.com will move to KDP in a "draft" status and will no longer be enrolled in Expanded Distribution. To re-enroll in Expanded Distribution, you'll need to make your books available for sale on Amazon.com by publishing and enabling Expanded Distribution through the KDP Bookshelf. It can take six to eight weeks for your book to become available again in Expanded Distribution channels. Learn more about Expanded Distribution.
If your CreateSpace account had Expanded Distribution sales that were reported on CreateSpace when you moved to KDP, they now appear in your KDP royalty reports. These sales will show as CreateSpace US sales in KDP reports. After you move to KDP, your Expanded Distribution sales may continue to appear in your CreateSpace reports. These sales will be paid by CreateSpace on the CreateSpace schedule and will appear on your KDP reports 60 days after the last CreateSpace publisher has moved to KDP. Going forward, you'll be paid on KDP's payment schedule.
We've added Amazon.ca and Amazon.com.au (Amazon.mx is coming soon). If your book was available on Amazon.ca through CreateSpace, it will continue to be available there through KDP after the transition. Learn more about paperback distribution.
If you have a KDP account with completed tax information, we'll use that information to pay you for your digital and paperback sales on KDP. This may impact your U.S. tax withholding rate if the tax information you entered on CreateSpace differs from what you entered on KDP. We'll issue tax forms based on the information on file at the time of payment from CreateSpace and/or KDP.
Once you create a KDP account, we'll use the tax information you entered on CreateSpace if it's complete. If your tax information is incomplete, you'll be prompted to take our tax interview. Taking the interview may impact your U.S. tax withholding rate. We'll issue tax forms based on the information on file at the time of payment.
If you maintain separate business entities for your print and digital publishing activities, you may want to create a new KDP account in the name of the business entity that manages your print publishing activities instead of linking to your existing KDP account.
You can combine your CreateSpace accounts into the same KDP account. Start the process by moving your first CreateSpace account. As part of the move, you'll be prompted to choose the KDP account that will serve as the new home for your CreateSpace account details and books. After that move is complete, start the move for the second CreateSpace account and select the same KDP account home as you did in the first move.
If you maintain separate business entities across multiple CreateSpace accounts, you may want to create a KDP account in the name of each business entity that manages your print publishing activities instead of linking to an existing KDP account or moving your CreateSpace accounts into the same KDP account. If you choose this option, you won't have the consolidated payments, reporting, and book management a single account would give you.
If you have an existing KDP account with completed tax information, we will use that tax information to pay you for both your digital and paperback sales on KDP. If you move your CreateSpace accounts into one KDP account, we will use the completed CreateSpace tax information to pay you for digital and paperback sales on KDP.