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gshacte

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Back cover hard copy - Choose a smaller font size to fit into the text box
Posted: Dec 25, 2017 5:25 PM
 
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I am unclear on how to resolve this. When editing the back cover of the book under Style and Edit tab of Kindle Cover Creator, I am told to choose a smaller font size to fit the text box. I have chosen specific fonts as well as auto, yet continue to be instructed to choose a smaller font.

I'm not trying to stuff a twofer in here but this may be related in that it concerns the spine of the book. When I try to edit the spine contents I am told that author name is either too long or small for the spine.

My book is only 102 pages. Is that the issue? I came across a note that said you might need at least 130 pages to properly edit the back and spine. If that is the case, I can't see padding the book with blank pages if such pages will be part of the book.

My e-book version appears fine (to me) and is published.

Thanks for any input on this.
Donna St Felix

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Re: Back cover hard copy - Choose a smaller font size to fit into the text box
Posted: Dec 25, 2017 6:26 PM   in response to: gshacte in response to: gshacte
 
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gshacte wrote:
I am unclear on how to resolve this. When editing the back cover of the book under Style and Edit tab of Kindle Cover Creator, I am told to choose a smaller font size to fit the text box. I have chosen specific fonts as well as auto, yet continue to be instructed to choose a smaller font.

I'm not trying to stuff a twofer in here but this may be related in that it concerns the spine of the book. When I try to edit the spine contents I am told that author name is either too long or small for the spine.

My book is only 102 pages. Is that the issue? I came across a note that said you might need at least 130 pages to properly edit the back and spine. If that is the case, I can't see padding the book with blank pages if such pages will be part of the book.

My e-book version appears fine (to me) and is published.


Many of us do our paperbacks at CreateSpace because the Kindle site for paperbacks can be buggy.
I do believe you need at least 120 pages for the spine.
Joseph M Erhardt

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Re: Back cover hard copy - Choose a smaller font size to fit into the text box
Posted: Dec 25, 2017 6:58 PM   in response to: gshacte in response to: gshacte
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For CreateSpace's automatic setup, you need 130 pages for a spine. If you supply your own wraparound front-back cover image, I think the minimum is 100 pages.

There are various legitimate ways to increase page count in a paperback, e.g.:

1. Chapters or stories can be set up to always begin on a facing page.
2. You can have a half-title as well as a full title page.
3. You can have a section in the back advertising your other work.
4. You can use a slightly-above-zero leading between lines of text--that might get you an extra page or two.
5. Georgia 12 pt is slightly wider than TNR 12 pt and looks pretty good.

Etc.

Edited by: Joseph M Erhardt on Dec 25, 2017 7:00 PM
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Re: Back cover hard copy - Choose a smaller font size to fit into the text box
Posted: Dec 25, 2017 7:35 PM   in response to: gshacte in response to: gshacte
 
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Your book is too small for a lettered spine, so short of writing a longer book there isn't anything to do about it. CreateSpace would have told you that right out; that KDP-Print didn't really isn't surprising -- more than 18 months, not only is KDP-Print still a Beta program, but is still playing catch-up with CreateSpace. As to your backcover text, in CreateSpace you just type what you want in your chosen template and no screwing around with point size. Many people like KDP-Print, but, really, CreateSpace is much kinder to inexperienced newbies with its programmed approach.
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Re: Back cover hard copy - Choose a smaller font size to fit into the text box
Posted: Dec 29, 2017 11:05 AM   in response to: Joseph M Erhardt in response to: Joseph M Erhardt
 
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I've tried the smallest font, 8, yet the error message still comes up. Another reply said that the number of pages is too few to satisfy the Kindle editor, and I think also mentioned that on Create, you need at least 120.

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Gerry
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Re: Back cover hard copy - Choose a smaller font size to fit into the text box
Posted: Dec 29, 2017 11:19 AM   in response to: gshacte in response to: gshacte
 
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Use the CreateSpace "Guided" option and any of the cover wizard setups. You may not be able to have a spine title and author on a 102-page book, but I have several books of under 100 pages that worked just fine. That won't affect the back cover in the slightest.

(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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