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Poll: Createspace & KDP or just Createspace? (3 member(s) have cast votes)

When I publish Createspace & Kindle versions, I upload

  1. a Word or other document to Createspace & let them make a Kindle version (0 votes [0.00%])

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  2. a Word or other document to Createspace & then a different file to Amazon (3 votes [100.00%] - View)

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#1 Mark Friedlander

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 03:38 PM

For my first novel, I filled in a Word template from Createspace and uploaded it. Then, I created an epub using Sigil and uploaded that to Amazon for a Kindle version.

 

Now, I'm wondering if I was just wasting time (not that there's anything wrong with that).

 

Would I have had the same results if I let Createspace create the Kindle version? Is there any downside to having Createspace create the Kindle version? Does Createspace charge for this conversion?


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#2 RC Lewis

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 03:45 PM

I didn't quite do either option in the poll, but basically the second. I send a PDF to Createspace (made using InDesign ... I'm fussy) and make a separate file for Kindle.

 

Personally, I don't like the idea of some automated conversion between my "hard copy" file and an e-book file. (Is the Createspace service automated, or does a human do it? If the latter, I would assume there's a charge, but I don't know.) It implies an algorithmic, one-size-fits-all approach, and I prefer to make sure the product is as tailored to each output format as I can. I dislike the Smashwords "meat-grinder" for the same reason, just on principle.

 

But I'm an OCD control-freak. :blush:


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#3 Mark Friedlander

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 03:51 PM

Thanks, RC. I revised to poll to reflect other doc types. I share your concern about how the final output looks. Having programming experience, I fear the ramifications of feeding a meatgrinder something the programmer didn't anticipate.

 

On the other hand, what if it anything that looks good in Createspace also comes out good in the Kindle version? I have to balance my OCD tendencies against my laziness. It's a tough call.

 

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#4 mwsinclair

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 04:16 PM

I'm with RC on this. (Go figure, since she designed both the EBP books), and I'm seriously wondering if we should scrap Smashwords altogether.



#5 Peter Burton

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 04:32 PM

When i did Wolfsong the first time, Createspace would only accept a PDF. Times must have changed.

 

Anyway, Amazon still bugged the crap out of me to do an e-book version. Considering that I was flying by the seat of my pants already... I ignored the constant requests.

 

Since the whole project falls on my shoulders, I'm with the others. I'd much rather curse, cry, bounce off the walls and tear my hair out for a product that I know is going to come out as close to professional as it can, than trust an automatic conversion by someone who really doesn't give a crap what it looks like.

 

Besides, they're not the one who will take the heat if the conversion comes out bad... the person with their name on the cover will.


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#6 Anna L. Walls

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 08:01 PM

Early this February I published my blog novel through CreateSpace. All I did was upload my Word document and click through the little widget that shows you what it looks like. I had to make a change or two to get it the way I wanted but regardless, that's the gist of all I did. For the paperback version, I used a slightly different version as I wanted a table of contents. Other than that I didn't do anything at all special by way of formatting or anything. Came out rather nice, I think.


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