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susamma verghese

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Posted: Nov 6, 2017 1:24 PM
 
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I am told that print replica is a good thing. Is it fixed or can you change it?
Salamander Mall...

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Posted: Nov 6, 2017 2:19 PM   in response to: susamma verghese in response to: susamma verghese
 
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Your Look Inside is an absolute disaster, with only half of any page visible. Your book is only available on certain devices, and difficult to read on most of them. How is any of that a good thing? Unless the nature of a book (charts, equations, sidebars, etc) dictates the use of fixed format, it should never be used.
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Posted: Nov 6, 2017 4:16 PM   in response to: susamma verghese in response to: susamma verghese
 
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It's obviously not a good thing! Your book would have worked just fine as a reflowable text. Why in the world didn't you do it that way?

You can certainly un-publish this version and start fresh with reflowable text. You don't have any reviews and almost no sales, so why let it stay as it is? If you have a Word doc, upload that, and don't double-space it. Let the defaults rule!

And why in the world are you charging $45 for a 297-page paperback? $15 would be on the high side. Your print Look Inside is acceptable -- just barely -- and I wouldn't change it for now, if it were priced reasonably.

You would do well to change the title to proper capitalization, for both editions. BOOK TITLES SHOULDN'T BE ALL CAPS. It looks ridiculous.

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook.)

Good luck! -- NJ

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susamma verghese

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Re: print replica
Posted: Nov 8, 2017 12:23 PM   in response to: Salamander Mall... in response to: Salamander Mall...
 
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Dear Salamandar Mall and NotJohn,

My book has many figures, tables and photos so I uploaded a kpf file. The other versions did not work for me, i.e. the reflowable version. I tried everything. On enquiring from kdp, I was told that kpf versions work better for texts with figures. so i am stuck with this.
My book has several color figures so the printing costs work out to be 22$. the minimum price has been set as 36$. I am looking at ways to reduce this. Even if I were to use createspace, I would get the same thing.
Thanks and warm regards,

susamma
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Re: print replica
Posted: Nov 8, 2017 5:16 PM   in response to: susamma verghese in response to: susamma verghese
 
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susamma verghese wrote:
Dear Salamandar Mall and NotJohn,

My book has many figures, tables and photos so I uploaded a kpf file. The other versions did not work for me, i.e. the reflowable version. I tried everything. On enquiring from kdp, I was told that kpf versions work better for texts with figures. so i am stuck with this.
My book has several color figures so the printing costs work out to be 22$. the minimum price has been set as 36$. I am looking at ways to reduce this. Even if I were to use createspace, I would get the same thing.
Thanks and warm regards,

susamma


Susamma:

Print Replica is good for books with COMPLEX formatting. Just having tables, photos and figures does not mean that it should have fixed-layout (print replica). If the book was done correctly in Word, it would work as a reflowable book (unless you have tables, etc., that go across the spread/spine, or multiple columns). Alternatively, as I see that you're a doctor/Ph.D., you can pay a competent formatter to make the book for you as reflowable.

Fixed-layout is very BAD for most books. If your book is text-heavy, it's a bad choice. Using PR means that your reader can't increase their font size, which means that the reader has to tap, pinch-zoom, pan/scan, tap, pinch-zoom, pan/scan through each and every page. To see what that's like, put a PDF on your cellphone, and find out what it's like. It's not a lot of fun.

Print Replica should be used for coffee-table books and for TEXTBOOKS, with uber-heavy layout. It's really the last resort for eBooks.

As far as color printing issues--why not print your book in B&W? That's what 99% of my clients do with a lot of color elements in their non-fiction titles.

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George Garrigues

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Posted: Nov 8, 2017 11:49 PM   in response to: booknookbiz in response to: booknookbiz
 
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"That's what 99% of my clients do with a lot of color elements in their non-fiction titles."

Do you mean they decide they don't need color after all, that the book is just as good without it??

gg
Donna St Felix

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Re: print replica
Posted: Nov 8, 2017 11:51 PM   in response to: George Garrigues in response to: George Garrigues
 
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George Garrigues wrote:
"That's what 99% of my clients do with a lot of color elements in their non-fiction titles."

Do you mean they decide they don't need color after all, that the book is just as good without it??


They make a choice: Looks or sales (price).
booknookbiz

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Posted: Nov 9, 2017 3:40 PM   in response to: George Garrigues in response to: George Garrigues
 
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George Garrigues wrote:
"That's what 99% of my clients do with a lot of color elements in their non-fiction titles."

Do you mean they decide they don't need color after all, that the book is just as good without it??

gg


Yes, George, that's what I mean.

They get to the end of the process, get the final #'s from CS or KDPPB, or IS, or wherever, and decide that B&W is fine. Every publisher in the world, traditional, self-pub, subsidy publisher, whatever, has to make these types of decisions all the time, right? Profit versus "art." I recently had a cookbook author swap out color images for B&W, because her delivery fee was too high.

Believe me, I wish that they'd decide upfront, too. I'm not ecstatic about us having to swap out images, or remove them, etc., just because of that--it's not our fault, after all. But there it is--book's gotta make some dough, right?

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susamma verghese

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Re: print replica
Posted: Nov 10, 2017 12:50 PM   in response to: booknookbiz in response to: booknookbiz
 
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Dear salamander, notjohn, Donna, booknookbiz, and gg,

Thank you all for taking time out for answering my question. I tried word and HTML versions but my figures did not get converted . Only the text gets converted. The figures do not convert. My tables are not spread across the spine, only confined to one page within the margins as do all other figures. There is no bleed.
But the suggestion to use a professional formattor is good and I will try that.

Thanks once again, warm regards and best wishes,

susamma
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