Createspace to KDP – how did you transfer your paperbacks?

It seems so long ago that Amazon closed down Createspace, and transferred all our paperbacks to KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing).

If, like me, you didn’t bother to transfer your paperback files yourself, but just left Amazon to do it for you, I would suggest, if you haven’t done so, that you order up a copy of each of your paperbacks and give them a good once over.

A friend recently bought a KDP printed copy of THE PRINCE’S MAN, and after he’d read it, he asked about the formatting. What he showed me was a nasty shock.

Now I know the original Createspace copies were fine – I’ve ordered and sold many without any issues. But this is what he found in my KDP version:

This is from Chapter 12 – the strike-through appears randomly, but frequently. Enough to be annoying to the reader.

And then there was this, from Chapter 15:

The strike-through happens everywhere there should be an apostrophe – even more annoying!

The rest of the book was fine, it’s only these two chapters, but that could still be enough to annoy a new reader to the point where they don’t buy the next book. To be fair, I haven’t seen that happen – every time I sell a Prince’s Man paperback, I sell equal numbers of subsequent books, but the potential is there, and I value every reader.

I subsequently uploaded the original PDF of the book (the one that I created for Createspace) to KDP, checked the book online, and also ordered a physical copy to be certain. Everything is now fine.

But I just thought I’d share this oddity with you, on the off chance it might have happened to anyone else. I would strongly advise you, if you did the same as me and took the lazy option of allowing Amazon to do the change-over for you, to buy a physical copy of each of your books and check them over thoroughly.

I am about to order up copies of my others, and if I find any other anomalies, I will share those too…

15 comments

  1. Always something with that Zon! We can’t even rely on them to transfer peacefully! Thanks for the heads up Deb. I believe I transferred my own books from CS but still I’m now worried. I’m due for a new book order for my books so I will check this unacceptable nonsense. I always appreciate your findings and shares. ❀

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    1. So frustrating and time consuming, fixing Amazon’s issues. I hope yours will all be okay Deb, I seem to remember you doing it the long way. I was just too busy, and it seemed such a simple thing for them to do.
      Lesson learned.

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      1. Simple and Amazon in same sentence? LOL Arg! x

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  2. Emegherd! Next to losing text that you haven’t backed up (I do it every time I finish a writing session) that has to be the worst thing to happen. Even when we take such care, idiots who don’t ‘proof’ their software before it goes live, can screw things up monumentally!
    Glad you got it sorted.

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    1. Lol, I back up my text every few minutes, and I use an cloud backup that updates constantly as I’m working. You can’t be too paranoid in my opinion!
      And I am both shocked and bemused by this formatting glitch, particularly as they are two different issues, and only in one chapter each, in amongst around 40 chapters total.
      At least it was simple to fix, I’m just glad someone told me about the problem in the first place!
      I’ve replaced his copy with a clean, new one, and I’m keeping the bizarre one – who knows, it might be worth something one day as a limited edition πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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      1. There’s the silver lining! πŸ˜€

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  3. I’ll admit, I haven’t thought about CreateSpace for a long time, so I was surprised to see a post about it. I transferred my titles manually, so I shouldn’t have a problem. I’ve also updated most of them, so new files won’t have that problem.

    Good luck. I hope all your other books are fine.

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    1. I hadn’t thought about it for a long time either! It was only because it was a friend who bought the paperback, and thought to question me about the odd formatting, otherwise I’d still be in blissful ignorance!

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  4. Yikes! That is annoying. I didn’t publish to CreateSpace, picked up Amazon afterwards, but good to point this out.

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    1. There’s always something ‘up’ with Amazon! Never quite as straightforward as we’d like.

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  5. Gak! I guess I better order one of each of my older books. What a pain. Thanks for the heads up, Deborah.

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    1. Hopefully it was just a one off hiccup, but better to be sure.

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