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Haider Ali Butt

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Anybody used CreateSpace ebook conversion?
Posted: Dec 28, 2017 8:06 AM
 
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I recently used CS kindle conversion, I clicked the option and the process was automatic where the title appeared on my bookshelf.

I went to check the manuscript and it was a complete disaster, pictures inverted, no chapters.

I thought that this was a paid service? I also didn't get an option to pay.

I have contacted CS about this, but just checking if anyone here has had experience with it.
writerbn

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Re: Anybody used CreateSpace ebook conversion?
Posted: Dec 28, 2017 10:12 AM   in response to: Haider Ali Butt in response to: Haider Ali Butt
 
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Haven't you seen all the warnings repeatedly posted here, every day, about pushbutton "conversion" services?

Notjohn even has it in his signature: Don't use KDP Print to make a paperback. Don't use Createspace to make an e-book.
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Re: Anybody used CreateSpace ebook conversion?
Posted: Dec 28, 2017 12:51 PM   in response to: Haider Ali Butt in response to: Haider Ali Butt
 
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I went to check the manuscript and it was a complete disaster,

That's a very common experience.

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook. Each does one thing well and the other thing poorly.)

Good luck! -- NJ

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http://notjohnkdp.blogspot.com
Salamander Mall...

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Re: Anybody used CreateSpace ebook conversion?
Posted: Dec 28, 2017 12:54 PM   in response to: Haider Ali Butt in response to: Haider Ali Butt
 
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Given all the warnings against it, I have no idea why anyone would do that. Incomprehensible.
Joseph M Erhardt

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Re: Anybody used CreateSpace ebook conversion?
Posted: Dec 28, 2017 1:54 PM   in response to: Haider Ali Butt in response to: Haider Ali Butt
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First thing to do, UNPUBLISH the KDP version.

Second thing to do, educate yourself on how to format a KDP-uploadable file, either .doc or .docx or epub, and go with that.

Building Your Book for Kindle describes the process; it's a free download from Amazon. Do note that it has some age on it, so when it says to upload a "filtered html" file, forget that. Just upload your .docx file and your cover. DO, HOWEVER, download the previewable MOBI file and view it with the downloadable previewer (you see the previewer option when you hit the MOBI download option). Page through every page of your book and look for glitches. Even later, should you make a change to just one page, download the MOBI file and again page through every screen. I once found a page where my paragraph formatting had gotten lost somehow, so you never know quite what might happen.

Best of luck.

Edit: After you have your e-book ready, you just publish it normally. There is no un-UNPUBLISH button that you need to hit.

Possible problem: I think I recall someone saying that you can't re-upload a reflowable e-book over a fixed-format e-book. Someone here will likely know. If you run into this issue, you may need to ask the Contact Us folks to clean things up for you.

Edited by: Joseph M Erhardt on Dec 28, 2017 1:55 PM
Donna St Felix

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Re: Anybody used CreateSpace ebook conversion?
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Salamander Mallory wrote:
Given all the warnings against it, I have no idea why anyone would do that. Incomprehensible.

Until they put a GIANT warning sign where all the newer authors first go, they don't think to read the 'Community' tab. After they hit a snag, they just plop down their quandary and still don't read what has been posted.
writerbn

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Re: Anybody used CreateSpace ebook conversion?
Posted: Dec 28, 2017 2:14 PM   in response to: Donna St Felix in response to: Donna St Felix
 
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Donna St Felix wrote:
Salamander Mallory wrote:
Given all the warnings against it, I have no idea why anyone would do that. Incomprehensible.

Until they put a GIANT warning sign where all the newer authors first go, they don't think to read the 'Community' tab. After they hit a snag, they just plop down their quandary and still don't read what has been posted.


Plus, KDP Print actually entices newbies to click the button every time they publish an e-book, with that annoying popup window. I used to ignore it routinely; however, for my last book, I actually read their offer. Part of it states that KDP Print can create a print book directly from the file uploaded for an e-book!

I'm not one of those folks who constantly jump on here screaming for legal action against the Zon, but if ever there was a case to bring a claim of false advertising, this is it.
Gary O'Riley

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Re: Anybody used CreateSpace ebook conversion?
Posted: Dec 29, 2017 3:18 AM   in response to: Haider Ali Butt in response to: Haider Ali Butt
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OP, I'm sorry about the unkind responses you received from a couple of posters. I can tell you that some of the regs on here are not as clever as they think they are.

The problem with the CS ebook conversion service is that PDFs prepared for a paperback don't really convert to a reflowable ebook.

You need to treat paperbacks and ebooks separately. There is no, one-hit, short-cut, to do both versions.

Spend some time getting to know how to format an ebook, and then upload your file as one or other the following: .doc, .docx, HTML, epub

Also, as Joseph has advised: you need to preview, preview again, and then preview once more!
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