by Derek Haines on Just Publishing Advice:
Createspace is coming to an end
If you have published paperback titles using Createspace, it is time to think about moving your books to Amazon KDP. (Kindle Direct Publishing)
There have been many problems with Createspace over the years. Most of the problems have involved unfair electronic payment options for non-US authors.
Now, however, it is possible to publish your paperback titles directly on Amazon KDP and have your royalty payments collected and paid along with your Kindle ebook payments. This is a much more sensible way to manage your book sales and income.
While Amazon started offering paperback publishing some time ago on KDP, many of the Createspace features were missing. One of the most obvious was that you could not purchase copies of your book.
But recently, Amazon has upgraded its paperback services and is now quite close to matching the services Createspace offers.
Here is a quick summary of what KDP paperback publishing now offers.
Distribution to Amazon.com (US)
Distribution to Europe (Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, and Amazon.es)
Distribution to Japan (Amazon.co.jp)
Distribution to Canada and Mexico (Amazon.ca and Amazon.com.mx) (Not yet)
Order physical proof copies
Order wholesale author copies
Expanded distribution to bookstores and non-Amazon websites (Not yet)
I am at a loss to understand why there is still a problem with Canada, but hopefully, this will be remedied shortly.