CreateSpace used to be the print-on-demand service of choice for self-publishing authors who wanted a paperback option listed on the same Amazon page as their published ebook.
They made it so easy! And they even provided helpful resources like the following:
Not only that, but CreateSpace had expanded distribution to help you get your paperback into libraries and brick-and-mortar bookstores, as well as booksellers all over the world.
And they gave authors the option of ordering a printed proof of their book before publishing it.
When KDP Print first came onto the P.O.D. scene, they didn’t have the same distribution options, nor did they offer a printed proof; if you liked what you saw on the virtual book previewer, you published it and hoped for the best.
When the rumors started going around about KDP Print, you probably heard questions from your fellow authors like “Is CreateSpace closing?” and comments like “But CreateSpace works fine.
Why change things? KDP is for ebooks!”
And when CreateSpace started making some noise about stepping aside for KDP Print, folks were asking, “What happened to CreateSpace? What went wrong? And what if KDP Print isn’t as good?”