CreateSpace now offers a Kindle conversion service. However, it doesn’t convert Word files. You have to set up your book with CreateSpace and provide a print-ready interior PDF. CreateSpace will then convert the interior file to a PRC file.
Of course, it’s not free. The cost is reasonable—$69 per file—though the fine print says it could be more when your file contains complex formatting, such as tables and heavy graphics.
- PRC files aren’t editable, so if you don’t like the result, too bad. CreateSpace spells this out in its Kindle conversion FAQ. But—that’s not entirely true. You could use a tool like Calibre to convert the PRC to a format that is editable. But if you’re paying CreateSpace $69 to format your file because you don’t know how to format Kindle files yourself, that’s a moot point.
- You have to create a print-ready interior file and set up your title with CreateSpace. If you were planning to use CreateSpace to publish to print, not a problem. But if you weren’t, why go through the bother when you can convert a Word file to the Kindle format using free tools?
- Lack of control/personalized service. If you do the conversion yourself, you’ll control the output, and if you work with a small conversion company, you’ll get personalized service. The conversion company will work with you until you’re satisfied with the result. With CreateSpace, you’ll have no input into how you’d like the Kindle file to look, and no chance to review the converted file and request formatting changes.
- Related to 1 and 3, if you find an error in your book after uploading it to Amazon DTP, you’ll have to convert the PRC file to another format and correct the error. So perhaps it’s better to learn how to create and edit Kindle files to begin with.
If your book is already set up at CreateSpace or you’re planning to go that route, and you have no idea how to create a Kindle file and don’t want to learn, you might want to use CreateSpace’s conversion service. Otherwise there are better (and cheaper) alternatives.