CreateSpace review | upload a cover you have designed, do it yourself using the Cover Creator


CreateSpace is a division of Amazon and has close ties with the publishing behemoth.


That has enabled it to offer a wide range of services and distribution options that are the best in the industry.

Let’s jump right in and look at why so many indie authors choose CreateSpace.

After signing up for your free account and activating it, you begin by naming your project and selecting what type of media your project is – Paperback, Audio CD, MP3, DVD, or Video Download.




  • 60 day guarantee on service and manufacturing
  • No upfront costs and no need to carry inventory
  • Comprehensive book services
  • Only distributed on Amazon Properties
  • Lots of online complaints



CreateSpace offers a wide range of services and distribution options CreateSpace is a division of Amazon.


Here’s the process for Paperback.

You can choose a guided, step by step approach and there is now a one page “expert” form for those familiar with the process. The guided approach is a simple fill in the blank affair with contextual help all along the way.

Here you fill out subtitle, author, whether its part of a series, etc. After the basics are taken care of, you then choose where your ISBN is coming from.

CreateSpace can assign one for free, you can be your own imprint for $10 and get a custom ISBN, purchase an custom universal ISBN (transferable) for $99 or you can assign one you already purchased elsewhere.

Selecting a CreateSpace assigned ISBN gets you one immediately and we move on…






Next up you choose B&W or Full color, paper color and size. 6×9 is the most popular trim size and offers the widest distribution options.

There are templates available so you can get it right without much hassle. You can then upload your work as a print-ready .pdf, .doc, .docx, or .rtf.

Your page count will be detected and an automated print check will run once your upload is complete.


As an alternative to uploading a pre-formatted manuscript, you can submit your unformatted manuscript and CreateSpace will format it for you (starting at $349).

If your manuscript isn’t formatted yet, you’ll want to save your work up to this point and get it into a template.

Next up you create your cover.

You can upload a cover you have designed, do it yourself using the Cover Creator.


Contract: No
Author Rights: You retain
Book Pricing: You set
Retail Pricing: You set
Delivery Platform: Any Amazon property
Distribution Assistance: Yes
Ease of Use: Could be easier


Prices for your book are some of the lowest in the industry. A 200 page 6×9 B&W paperback is only $350 for 100 copies ($3.25/ea).

As with most POD services, you set the price (at the time of this review, please ask them for current pricing).

Support is available via very active forums as well as email and a “Call Me” system.


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Company Overview

Editor’s note: Parts of this information was taken directly from the company’s page 

Through their services, you can sell books, CDs, and DVDs for a fraction of the cost of traditional manufacturing, while maintaining more control over your materials.

They make it simple to distribute your books, music, and video through Internet retail outlets, your own website, and other bookstores, retailers, libraries, and academic institutions.

CreateSpace is a DBA of On-Demand Publishing LLC, part of the Amazon group of companies.