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David Schwartz

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Can't get Paperback Cover to be approved
Posted: Jun 1, 2017 2:19 PM
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Hi. The cover of my paperback book keeps getting an error message saying that the back cover graphics do not fix within the text box. I have tried reducing the fonts, I have even tried removing the text altogether and still it gives me the little triangle error message saying my font size is too large.

I then tried making a PDF file of the cover and uploading it. This resulted in only a small portion of the cover being visible. It's as if the cover were the size of a poster and only a small section of it was converted to my book cover. If anyone knows how I can just get my cover (which seems to be exactly within Amazon guidelines) to be able to be saved I would sure appreciate it. Best, David
Joseph M Erhardt

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Re: Can't get Paperback Cover to be approved
Posted: Jun 1, 2017 2:39 PM   in response to: David Schwartz in response to: David Schwartz
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If you're using KDP Print Beta, use this golden opportunity to switch over to CreateSpace. See the many threads/posts on this topic.
Notjohn

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Re: Can't get Paperback Cover to be approved
Posted: Jun 2, 2017 2:38 AM   in response to: David Schwartz in response to: David Schwartz
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What Joseph said!

KDP Print Beta was rolled out at the end of September. The process was buggy, and it seems to remain so to this day. The quality of the books that actually go on sale is rather low, as you can see by doing a search on Amazon for Independently published

Its sole advantage is that the author-publisher gets to see his or her paperback sales on the same page as the Kindle sales. But really, how big an advantage is that? How many seconds does it take, really, to check one's sales on Createspace--ten seconds, thirty seconds?

In exchange, you get that buggy publishing process, no physical proof copy, no discounted author copies for gift or resale, and no distribution to Barnes & Noble or to brick-and-mortar bookstores. (Most small bookstores will, as a favor to a customer and perhaps a small surcharge, order a Createspace or IngramSpark paperback.)

My advice is to stick with CreateSpace with its excellent cover wizard, helpful community forum, and direct-to-author discounted sales.

Good luck! -- NJ

The book: Notjohn's Guide to E-Book Formatting (and print as well!)

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Kathy Griffith

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Re: Can't get Paperback Cover to be approved
Posted: Jun 25, 2017 7:50 PM   in response to: David Schwartz in response to: David Schwartz
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One word--CreateSpace!!!!
Rod Pettet

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Re: Can't get Paperback Cover to be approved
Posted: Jul 16, 2017 10:32 PM   in response to: David Schwartz in response to: David Schwartz
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I had a similar problem which wasted a lot of valuable time.

It had a simple solution. I had been using Microsoft Office to create the PDF.

A friend ran it thorough her Adobe PDF maker and it loaded to Amazon first go!
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