I self-publish kids puzzle books through amazon and they've done really well over the last few months, however, I get my fair share of negative feedback, nearly all of them flagging up the poor quality of the printing (i.e. complaints about pixelated images) and the thin paper. It's frustrating when the positive feedback I receive says the ideas are good and they like the stories.
Weirdly though, I've ordered some of the books myself and they weren't half as bad as i expected. Even so, I was wondering whether it's feasible that Amazon will improve printing quality and introduce a thicker/satin style paper option in the future. Obviously, it would cost more to produce but I'd love to publish my books this way.
If you want better paper stock than is available with POD publishing, you'll have to contract with an offset printer on your own and pay for vendor status. Otherwise, the best you can do is request cream, but it's only marginally heavier stock and non-white paper is probably not the best choice for a puzzle book.
Thanks, yeah i've already contacted Amazon and they said they appreciate the feedback and would forward it to the relevant people. I find it really odd though, I've bought copies of my books and they're perfectly fine with a decent, non-pixelated print - i'm not sure whether it's a case of customer expectations being too high, whether i'm just focusing too much on the small minority who've left negative feedback or possibly not every copy comes out exactly the same quality? I'm not sure.
Also, I use the color/white interior option for my books which is the only one available for color interior, so the thicker cream paper isn't even an option for me