This doesn’t mean the end for CreateSpace. They will continue to print books for self-publishing indie authors; however the wonderful bespoke design services that were offered when publishing a book through CreateSpace are no longer available. This may be something to do with the overall shift that Amazon is undertaking – turning a managed service into more of a customer-centric, self-service system.
The only design features that CreateSpace now offers is their Cover Creator. CreateSpace offers templates for authors to use as a guide to design their own artwork, however the Custom Cover Creator is an online interactive tool built specifically for authors to be able to create their own cover design using a set of templates – As outlined on their website,
“Cover Creator is an interactive online tool that allows you to quickly and easily create a professional looking cover for your book. Choose one of our template designs as a starting point, customize it by adding a cover image and details, and in a few short minutes your cover will be ready to submit.”