Wow, this is NEWS! Here's an email from BookSurge to their clients:
We have some exciting news to share - BookSurge is becoming CreateSpace. BookSurge and CreateSpace have historically operated as two distinct brands of one company - On-Demand Publishing LLC, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc. - and are now uniting on the CreateSpace platform and brand to offer you an expanded catalog of publishing tools and services. You will still be working with the same team and receive the same high level of service to which you've been accustomed with BookSurge.
During the coming months, we will be transitioning all BookSurge accounts to CreateSpace and retiring the BookSurge brand. In addition, BookSurge's self-publishing services are now available on the CreateSpace platform, enabling BookSurge and CreateSpace members to benefit from the same knowledgeable staff that has supported BookSurge authors for years.
What does this mean for you?
In addition to the same personal customer care, professional publishing services, and top-notch print quality you receive today from the BookSurge team, you will also receive these benefits and options through CreateSpace:
• Get more flexibility in setting royalties and list prices
• Publish new books without setup fees, using the do-it-yourself option for print-ready PDF files or continue to take advantage of the wide array of professional fee-based publishing services you're accustomed to using through BookSurge
• Receive better wholesale book prices on most book orders
• Gather feedback on your work with the free Preview tool
• Create eye-catching book covers online using the free Cover Creator
• Network with thousands of other authors and industry professionals in our free online CreateSpace Community
• Publish video and audio in multiple formats: DVDs, CDs, video downloads, and MP3s
When and how will this transition take place?
We will be transitioning all BookSurge accounts to CreateSpace over the next few months. The timing and path of your account transition will depend on where you are in your current BookSurge publishing project. To learn more about the different paths for transition, visit our Transition Guide.
To make this transition as smooth and seamless as possible, we will be transferring your book files and account history to CreateSpace for you. On the day your account is transitioned, BookSurge will send you an e-mail with instructions for accessing your CreateSpace account. Until then, no action is required on your part and you will still have full access to your current Global Publishing System (GPS) account with BookSurge.
We know you may have some questions, so we have developed a Transition Guide, which includes a host of support materials, including answers to Frequently Asked Questions, info on your new CreateSpace account, video tutorials, and more.
While we want you to start familiarizing yourself with CreateSpace, please do not set up a new CreateSpace account on your own, as we will create a CreateSpace account for you as part of this transition. Please wait until you receive notification from us via e-mail that your account has been transitioned to CreateSpace, at which time we'll give you instructions on how to access your CreateSpace account and existing book titles. Until we notify you that your account has been transitioned to CreateSpace, you will still have access to your BookSurge account.
We believe uniting BookSurge and CreateSpace on the CreateSpace platform will provide you with the best possible publishing experience and look forward to continuing to support you in your book publishing endeavors.
We welcome you into CreateSpace's thriving community of independent authors, filmmakers and musicians!
The BookSurge/CreateSpace Team
The first thing that comes to my mind is less competition among Amazon's subsidiaries. What do you think this means for authors venturing onto the self-publishing road? Do you think this will increase the costs?