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Matthew A Cantr...

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Can't get paperback cover size right
Posted: Feb 5, 2018 9:17 AM
 
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Hey all, I downloaded a paperback cover template from KDP (6x9, 200 pages, cream color) and created a cover using that, but when I upload the cover, I get this error:

The expected cover size is 12.835x9.250 but the actual size is 12.837x9.313.

There are two problems here (three if you count the fact that I'm using Amazon's own template). The first is that my image editing program, GIMP, won't let me input those numbers. The height works fine, but if I try to enter 12.835" for the width, it automatically rounds it up to 12.837". My only other option there is to go down to 12.833". (This is with or without the aspect ratio being preserved.)

The second problem is that GIMP already shows the height as being 9.250" for the file, but KDP sees it at 9.313" for some reason. I've tried correcting this several times, but KDP's preview always reports the file as being taller than it really is.

This is the last thing I need to do before I can publish, so any help is greatly appreciated!
Rick Perry

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Re: Can't get paperback cover size right
Posted: Feb 5, 2018 9:30 AM   in response to: Matthew A Cantr... in response to: Matthew A Cantr...
 
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I used the template for the manuscript, but didn't include the cover. In the cover creator, you can resize the image as needed.
Matthew A Cantr...

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Re: Can't get paperback cover size right
Posted: Feb 5, 2018 9:45 AM   in response to: Rick Perry in response to: Rick Perry
 
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I've already made the full cover myself, I just can't get the exact measurements Amazon wants, no matter what I try. You can't be over or under, it has to be exact, but it seems like that may be impossible, at least with GIMP. I don't have another image editor to use, though.
Donna St Felix

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Re: Can't get paperback cover size right
Posted: Feb 5, 2018 9:51 AM   in response to: Matthew A Cantr... in response to: Matthew A Cantr...
 
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Matthew A Cantrell wrote:
I've already made the full cover myself, I just can't get the exact measurements Amazon wants, no matter what I try. You can't be over or under, it has to be exact, but it seems like that may be impossible, at least with GIMP. I don't have another image editor to use, though.

Many do their paperback books at CreateSpace. The cover maker there has one template that allows you to put a JPEG of the front cover in, then a JPEG of the back cover in. That one template then allows you to pick a color of the spine, color of spine wording, put the wording in (type it in) and it makes the cover. I don't know anything about the cover maker at the Kindle site.

Another option for making a cover (front and back only) is at Canva.com.
Matthew A Cantr...

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Re: Can't get paperback cover size right
Posted: Feb 5, 2018 9:56 AM   in response to: Donna St Felix in response to: Donna St Felix
 
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I got it, I found what you and Rick mean. I uploaded the cover I already made and just deleted the pre-filled text. That did the trick, thank you both!
Notjohn

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Re: Can't get paperback cover size right
Posted: Feb 5, 2018 12:53 PM   in response to: Matthew A Cantr... in response to: Matthew A Cantr...
 
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I think you would have found this a whole lot less mysterious if you used CreateSpace.

(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

Notjohn's Guide to E-Book & Print Formatting (2018 edition)

The blog: https://notjohnkdp.blogspot.com
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