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Offline Scribbler Reading TBR list - I hate you!
18 Aug 2014, 09:31 PM | Post: #41

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RE: CreateSpace Versus FeedARead

(18 Aug 2014 09:14 AM)Rosen Trevithick Wrote:  CreateSpace call this a successful delivery.
Let's hope they don't branch out into midwifery then.
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19 Aug 2014, 05:45 AM | Post: #42

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RE: CreateSpace Versus FeedARead

I only had the problem once, and have since amended my addresses to leave the second line blank on all addresses so the formatting matches the actual pockage. Other than that, I'm happy with Createspace.
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Offline Tim_A Reading strictly murder by Lynda Wilcox
19 Aug 2014, 06:17 AM | Post: #43

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RE: CreateSpace Versus FeedARead

Jonathan, was that two separate orders, or one order for 2 off? Worrying either way!
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19 Aug 2014, 07:15 AM | Post: #44

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(19 Aug 2014 06:17 AM)Tim_A Wrote: Wrote:  Jonathan, was that two separate orders, or one order for 2 off? Worrying either way!
1 order!

I always get more than one proof so I can check if any minor issues are one-offs or across the board. If CS were to miss pages out of the middle of the book, it'd be disastrous!
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19 Aug 2014, 08:10 PM | Post: #45

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RE: CreateSpace Versus FeedARead

Do CS do computer generated proofs yet? LS has been doing them for some time, and the last two books I just checked and approved the proofs downloaded to my computer. Not quite the same as holding a proof copy in your hand, but it works quite well.
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19 Aug 2014, 09:40 PM | Post: #46

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RE: CreateSpace Versus FeedARead

(19 Aug 2014 07:15 AM)Jonathan Hill Wrote: Wrote:  
(19 Aug 2014 06:17 AM)Tim_A Wrote: Wrote:  Jonathan, was that two separate orders, or one order for 2 off? Worrying either way!
1 order!

I always get more than one proof so I can check if any minor issues are one-offs or across the board. If CS were to miss pages out of the middle of the book, it'd be disastrous!
If two books printed at the same time had different pages then it doesn't sound like approving a perfect proof will protect you from missing pages in subsequent orders.
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19 Aug 2014, 10:02 PM | Post: #47

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RE: CreateSpace Versus FeedARead

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(19 Aug 2014 08:10 PM)George Hamilton Wrote: Wrote:  Do CS do computer generated proofs yet? LS has been doing them for some time, and the last two books I just checked and approved the proofs downloaded to my computer. Not quite the same as holding a proof copy in your hand, but it works quite well.
Yes they do. I use that method for checking the corrected proofs after resubmitting, but still take a paper proof the first time (I'd never have spotted that the title block on the front cover of Hunted had shifted down half an inch, from just the electronic proof. It was only holding the physical book side by side with Wanted that made it obvious.)

The second set of proof is more or less only checking that the changes you made are present and correct, and a gross error check that you didn't do something stupid, like accidentally change the paper size (or miss out a chapter*) - check the page count!

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RE: CreateSpace Versus FeedARead

I thought I'd add to this discussion that I've tried both CreateSpace and Ingram Spark for my full colour picture book and these are my conclusions:

Ingram Spark
Paperweight: 70
Colour depth: standard
Appearance: colours dirty and washed out
Customer support: instant UK phone contact within office hours
Speed: so slow I could cry
Setup costs: £29 plus proof

CreateSpace
Paperweight: 60
Colour depth: normal (they only offer one)
Appearance: vibrant
Customer support: fairly slow, via web
Speed: fast
Setup costs: just cost of proof

This has definitely changed my opinion of Ingram Spark, which I previously loved.
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28 Aug 2015, 08:03 AM | Post: #49

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RE: CreateSpace Versus FeedARead

(28 Aug 2015 07:53 AM)Rosen Trevithick Wrote: Wrote:  I thought I'd add to this discussion that I've tried both CreateSpace and Ingram Spark for my full colour picture book and these are my conclusions:

Ingram Spark
Paperweight: 70
Colour depth: standard
Appearance: colours dirty and washed out
Customer support: instant UK phone contact within office hours
Speed: so slow I could cry
Setup costs: £29 plus proof

CreateSpace
Paperweight: 60
Colour depth: normal (they only offer one)
Appearance: vibrant
Customer support: fairly slow, via web
Speed: fast
Setup costs: just cost of proof

This has definitely changed my opinion of Ingram Spark, which I previously loved.
Have you used them for non-picture books? How do they compare?
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28 Aug 2015, 08:42 AM | Post: #50

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RE: CreateSpace Versus FeedARead

(28 Aug 2015 08:03 AM)George Hamilton Wrote: Wrote:  
(28 Aug 2015 07:53 AM)Rosen Trevithick Wrote: Wrote:  I thought I'd add to this discussion that I've tried both CreateSpace and Ingram Spark for my full colour picture book and these are my conclusions:

Ingram Spark
Paperweight: 70
Colour depth: standard
Appearance: colours dirty and washed out
Customer support: instant UK phone contact within office hours
Speed: so slow I could cry
Setup costs: £29 plus proof

CreateSpace
Paperweight: 60
Colour depth: normal (they only offer one)
Appearance: vibrant
Customer support: fairly slow, via web
Speed: fast
Setup costs: just cost of proof

This has definitely changed my opinion of Ingram Spark, which I previously loved.
Have you used them for non-picture books? How do they compare?
I used them both for My Granny Writes Erotica and I was very pleased. Ingram Spark had a 50lb paper weight, which allowed me to make the paperbacks small enough to mail as large letters. They were excellent quality. At the time, you could only call Ingram in the US, but they've changed that now.
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