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L. Mason

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Paperback Issues
Posted: Jan 31, 2018 4:59 PM
 
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So, looking through the forums, it seems many people are having issues and most of it seems related to glitches because this program is new. As someone who is NOT tech savvy, can someone please explain? I understand CreateSpace is better however, I have already published my eBook and started the process for paperback, so the titles and ISBN are already in use. That's fine. I just want to get this finished and possible publish the other books on Create Space. It's part of a series.

However, I have the following issues: the DPI. I have changed the DPI of my images on Irfanview, but I still get the error. Trim size. I already selected "Auto adjust trim size" but now the option is no longer there. Is it just a one time thing? The trim size that is showing (the only one that fits) is the 8x10 or larger. That's bigger than what I would like. It's only a 30 page book. Somewhat styled as a children's book, but because of the trim size being amplified I'm worried the images were also blown up which may be causing the DPI error. That's my line of thinking. I was told to ignore the DPI because it's a glitch, but I can't approve the book without fixing all the errors.

So, I would like to know how to change these two issues: DPI and trim size without changing the format.

Thank you for any replies.

Also, is there a community for peer reviews of books? If anyone would like to review my eBook, maybe we can do an exchange of HONEST reviews.

Salamander Mall...

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Re: Paperback Issues
Posted: Jan 31, 2018 5:18 PM   in response to: L. Mason in response to: L. Mason
 
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For KDP-Print, your resolution must be 300dpi. While it's possible to change a high resolution graphic to a low resolution one, you can't do it the other way. You need to start with a graphic having a resolution of 300dpi or higher. On CreateSpace, it's possible to advance to the next step with a slightly lower resolution graphic, but not with KDP-Print.

Trim size: you're stuck with it.

Reviews: no one with a brain will take up your offer to swap reviews, because when your account is deleted they won't want to go swirling down the drain too.
cdalebrittain

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Re: Paperback Issues
Posted: Jan 31, 2018 6:09 PM   in response to: L. Mason in response to: L. Mason
 
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At a certain point in the setup process, your book size becomes locked. if you seem to be stuck on 8 x 10 (which is awfully big), you may have to delete the book and start over. Make it easy on yourself and go to CreateSpace. You can use the same title and will get a new ISBN.

I'm afraid review exchanges are forbidden, because, realistically, it's awfully hard to keep them honest. If the other person gave yours a glowing 5-star, could you really say, even if true, that theirs stunk up the joint? Or would you yourself rethink a glowing 5-star you had been about to give if the other person got all picky and obnoxious over a couple of minor typos?
Adrian G Hilder

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Re: Paperback Issues
Posted: Feb 1, 2018 7:57 AM   in response to: Salamander Mall... in response to: Salamander Mall...
 
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I saw that 300DPI is recommended but 200DPI can be accepted.
That was certainly the case with my publishing company logo in the book that I resized until it was 200DPI.
Best make covers and any larger images 300DPI.
Notjohn

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Re: Paperback Issues
Posted: Feb 1, 2018 1:15 PM   in response to: L. Mason in response to: L. Mason
 
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I have already published my eBook and started the process for paperback, so the titles and ISBN are already in use.

The ebook and paperback are entirely separate issues. You can simply abandon the KDP Print Beta project and start fresh on CreateSpace, which will issue you a new ISBN at no cost to you.

30 pages is awfully small for a paperback.,

And 8x10 is awfully large! On CreateSpace, use the Guided option and choose 5.5x8.5 inches or even 5x8 inches.

(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
newmansouth

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Re: Paperback Issues
Posted: Feb 2, 2018 6:43 AM   in response to: L. Mason in response to: L. Mason
 
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If you use MS Word, you can download the auto-fixed file, edit it if needed, and upload it again. This will resolve the trim size issues.
Because I have been here for a while, I can actually use Word to set my trim size offline, not using the Online Previewer, but you need to know what you're doing!

Download the KDP Print Guide here => https://kdp.amazon.com/help?topicId=A1MMZZIUU7LTIB

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