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lippylemurian

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CreateSpace.com configured my e-book and submitted the file to Amazon.com.
Posted: May 1, 2012 5:55 PM
 
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I paid $69 to CreateSpace to configure my already published paperback for the Kindle. When I preview the e-book file on CS; the chapter headings ALL start at the top of a page. When I preview the Kindle SAMPLE on Amazon; The chapter headings vary with changing font size (especially, if an image ends the preceding chapter...?) Is this because it is just a 'Sample' or should ALL chapter headings start at the top of the page regardless? If done properly, shouldn't ALL downloaded Kindle books have ALL chapter headings start at the top of the page; no matter what? I am a 'newbie' in all this :-(. Thanks! Danny
notjohn

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Re: CreateSpace.com configured my e-book and submitted the file to Amazon.com.
Posted: May 2, 2012 2:55 AM   in response to: lippylemurian in response to: lippylemurian
 
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CS just runs the book through a bit of software and publishes the result, without human interference. Next time you would do better to pay a professional formatter (I recommend B K Hitch at booknook.biz) to do it for you.

You should buy the Kindle edition and have a look at it. If you're not happy, ask CS to refund your money and pull the book. Then either learn to do the e-book yourself or pay someone to do it.
golem2b

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Re: CreateSpace.com configured my e-book and submitted the file to Amazon.com.
Posted: May 2, 2012 3:40 AM   in response to: lippylemurian in response to: lippylemurian
 
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Long ago, they had quoted me quite a bit more to do the Kindle conversion of my work. When I asked why they said it was due to "special formatting requirements."

I asked them if they would be doing the work themselves, or subbing it out.

Their reply?

[i]"All of our Kindle conversions are done by third parties."[/i]

The "$69 deal" may be the exception to that rule now, but it seems that you do get what you pay for.

A quality conversion runs about $150 to $300, and in my case that did not even include "special formatting" needed for internal links.

My advice? Unless you make more than $30 to $50 an hour, take a few hours and learn how to format the work yourself, as I did.

Your next project will thank you, and so will your wallet.
tigercruise

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Re: CreateSpace.com configured my e-book and submitted the file to Amazon.com.
Posted: May 2, 2012 4:23 AM   in response to: golem2b in response to: golem2b
 
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Save your money and do it yourself. If you have a file for your paperback (like a Word file for example), It is very easy to convert the file into Kindle format. When you upload a Kindle file to Amazon, you can preview the book and see what the formating looks like and make corrections if needed.
lippylemurian

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Re: CreateSpace.com configured my e-book and submitted the file to Amazon.com.
Posted: May 2, 2012 11:58 AM   in response to: notjohn in response to: notjohn
 
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I did pay a "professional" formatter ? $69? Thanks, Danny
lippylemurian

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Re: CreateSpace.com configured my e-book and submitted the file to Amazon.com.
Posted: May 2, 2012 12:01 PM   in response to: tigercruise in response to: tigercruise
 
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Too late; I already paid the $69. I am not sure what you mean by previewing the file on amazon.com. Thats what I thought I was doing by downloading the "sample" on my Kindle....? Thanks, Danny
lippylemurian

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Posted: May 2, 2012 12:07 PM   in response to: golem2b in response to: golem2b
 
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The "third" party did an Excellent job... I downloaded the file he configured directly into my Kindle and it looks beautiful... HOWEVER, when I download the "same" file he sent to Amazon; FROM Amazon; it dosen't look at all like the original my third party did....It looks like two DIFFERENT files? Thanks, Danny
dansontanner

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Re: CreateSpace.com configured my e-book and submitted the file to Amazon.com.
Posted: May 2, 2012 7:34 PM   in response to: lippylemurian in response to: lippylemurian
 
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booknookbiz (bkHITCH) did mine. It was complete with an active TOC and book cover (I provided that, they made the whole "package" work). You get a mobi and Epub file for one price. They were fast, professional and a joy to work with. You really do get what you pay for. I'd use them again in a heartbeat.
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Re: CreateSpace.com configured my e-book and submitted the file to Amazon.com.
Posted: May 3, 2012 3:38 AM   in response to: lippylemurian in response to: lippylemurian
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    • I am not sure what you mean by previewing the file on amazon.com**

Okay, start at the beginning. Who published your book? If you did, then you uploaded it to the KDP Bookshelf. The system does a little dance for a few seconds or minutes, then you got a message Conversion Successful or some such thing. Then you get an option to Preview the book right then and there, online. If you didn't do this, WHY didn't you do it?

You also have the option to download the converted file to your computer, and also to download a Previewer software. This enables you to check how the book will appear in various devices at different sizes of type etc, so you can see how it will look on an iPhone, the KIndle Fire, or on somebody's computer.

That is how you preview a book. Only when completely satisfied do you go on to actually Publish it.

If you paid $69 for this work, and it stinks, then you can ask your credit card company to make a "charge back." Then you can hire somebody to do it right, or learn to do it yourself.
lippylemurian

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Re: CreateSpace.com configured my e-book and submitted the file to Amazon.com.
Posted: May 5, 2012 11:05 AM   in response to: lippylemurian in response to: lippylemurian
 
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It took a while; however, I am on my way now that I realize I am the one who submits the file; no-one else. Thanks, danny
araso

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Re: CreateSpace.com configured my e-book and submitted the file to Amazon.com.
Posted: Sep 11, 2012 4:57 PM   in response to: lippylemurian in response to: lippylemurian
 
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I need to do the opposite of the folks posting here. I need to make a PAPERBACK out of the word doc with photos inserted that I used for a Kindle Direct e-book. Do I need to change the format? I am surprised they still did not answer me after a few days over at CS! Also, do they make you g guarantee a certain print run of books? Otherwise, I assume the service of making the books is free upfront--and then they take a cut of sales.
clemlaw

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Re: CreateSpace.com configured my e-book and submitted the file to Amazon.com.
Posted: Sep 11, 2012 5:45 PM   in response to: araso in response to: araso
 
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To use their free service, you need to upload a PDF file that looks exactly like you want the printed book to look. So if the file you upload has the word "the" at the top of page 67, the word "the" will be at the top of page 67.

If you do it that way, they will publish it for free. When they sell a copy, you get paid.

There are only two upfront costs, and they are both optional. First, you should order a proof of your book. That is optional, but you really ought to do it. It is very cheap, probably less than $10.

The second optional fee is $25 for extended distribution. If you pay this fee, your book can be ordered from other bookstores. Otherwise, they sell only on Amazon and their own site.

If you give them anything less than a completed PDF of exactly what the book will look like, then you will have to pay extra. I've never used any of these services, and it seems that most other authors either do the work themselves or hire someone to do it.

There are no minimum press runs. You get paid the same per copy if you sell a grand total of one copy, or if you sell a million. If you think you are going to sell a million, then it's probably cheaper to hire someone else. But if it's going to be one to a few thousand, they are a very good deal.

I should add that they have Microsoft Word templates on their site that make the process very easy, although perhaps slightly tedious. The templates are all set up the correct size, have the chapter headings in the right place, have the page numbers in the right place, etc. You simply paste your book into that template (generally, chapter by chapter). When you're done, save it as a PDF, and upload it.

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mrlasers

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Re: CreateSpace.com configured my e-book and submitted the file to Amazon.com.
Posted: Sep 11, 2012 8:07 PM   in response to: lippylemurian in response to: lippylemurian
 
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The "third" party did an Excellent job... I
downloaded the file he configured directly into my
Kindle and it looks beautiful... HOWEVER, when I
download the "same" file he sent to Amazon; FROM
Amazon; it dosen't look at all like the original my
third party did....It looks like two DIFFERENT files?

You are viewing both the mobi file that you received from your formatter and the copy downloaded from Amazon on the same device? They [i]should[/i] appear the same, though I suppose many of the self-styled "professional" formatters out there can still find a way to screw that up.

If you're viewing them on different devices, you may actually be seeing two different versions of the book, since Kindle books built with modern Amazon tools contain both the old style Mobi7 and newer Kindle Format 8 (KF8). Far too many "professionals" still seem unable to figure out how to work with both formats properly.

I'd recommend by starting with an email to whoever formatted it and asking them to correct the problem. If they took your money and screwed up the book (which sounds likely) they should be responsible to fix it. Obviously, in future it would be advisable to verify that whoever you're going to have do your book can actually do the job right.

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