Roslyn Renwick wrote:
I wasn't editing or proofing. That had already been done. It was a matter of getting my typeset file through preview.
??? I'm not sure what you're answering. I understood that. I still don't know what a "KDP template" is.
And honestly--KDP has never, never been good at making ebooks from PDFs. Since at least 2010, PDF is the worst possible format to upload. Yes, I know that some people got lucky and made it through--or, more likely, never saw the problems with broken paragraphs--but you shouldn't use a PDF to make an EBook. It really is the WORST possible choice. Well, truthfully, jpgs would be a worse choice, but you cannot upload those.
FYI, you can find all the information you need, about bleed, for interior/cover files, if you download the specifications. I recommend those from Createspace, because while KDP Print Beta and Createspace are separate entities, the print specifications around margins, bleed, interior margins, etc., are EXACTLY the same.
Good luck--and seriously, use almost anything else other than PDF.
Re the specs. We have the leaflet, but something else appears to be going wrong. I noted that changes I made to details for instance, seemed to take a few goes to be recognised. I wonder if there was just a glitch in the system.
KDP Print Beta was rolled out at the end of September last year. 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.) If you don't live in the US, the proof copy and author's copies won't be as attractive, because of high shipping costs, but still....
My advice is to stick with CreateSpace with its excellent cover wizard, helpful community forum, and direct-to-author discounted sales. (If you don't live in the US, the physical proof copy and discounted author copies will be less attractive to you.)
(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook.)