08-01-2011 06:21 AM
So far my masterpiece has been marked for private access only. I am considering putting it in the Amazon listings. Being a belts and braces man I have a couple of questions before I do.
1. So far I have been very pleased with the printing (UK - Eastbourne). But, if after a change someone buys and orders through Amazon would the same printer be used, or would the PDF be sent somewhere else? Obviously the quality control aspect bothers me as I would feel responsible for the finished article.
2. An ISBN has to be added. How would this fit in with my carefully formatted intro pages? Will I have some say in the altered appearance?
Possibly this should be a separate question, but is there a real benefit by going to Amazon or is simply staying with Lulu a sensible option?
Thanks everyone in advance.
08-01-2011 07:44 AM
I have the same resevations as you in as much, I published two books of my own with greyscale images. The quaility of the paperback books (printed in Eastbourne) were excellent. Later I decided to republish the books on hardcover. This time the books were printed in France. While the body of the book and the print were excellent, the photos were very, very dark. I thought of tweaking about with the photos then reordering anothor proof but that can be very expensive with the extra cost for hardback and the more expensive postage, so I may end retiring the hardbacks.
I know, Amazon have their own printers but where they are, I don't know whether it is Eastbourne or not.
08-01-2011 07:58 AM
Just to add a liitle more to James excellent response.
Amazon have their own printing facility. You should not be able to discern any difference betwee a book printed at Lulu's UK printer and that printed 100 miles away at Amazons.
The Amazon one will of course have a n ISBN and they will add their own imprint at the foot of the final page.
You will have to make a revision to your original document to add the iSBN to the copyright page.
...and of course add an ISBN barcode to the back cover.
The only advanatge of going with Amazon is that you may reach a wider audience but will of course receive less income per sale.