If you’re used to the ease of uploading your book files to Create Space but want to expand your options by getting on with Ingram-Spark, these steps can save you a lot of headaches. Ingram-Spark is MUCH pickier about files and trying to figure out what they want yourself is a real headache. These steps can keep you out of a rubber room.
By Stephen Geez
Many indies have discovered the challenge of preparing files for Ingram, either as publishers using Lightning Source / Ingram Global, or as authors using the Ingram Spark program. Lots of methods can produce fair results, and lots of methods will trigger rejection. I’ve found that when interiors include images, the print quality from the newest POD presses can be superior with proactive file prep, or inferior using some of our old methods.
Below you’ll find a summary of the steps that produce the best results for our member/authors at Fresh Ink Group. These steps are for black-and-white interiors For color interiors, just skip the steps related to grayscaling. The main goal of this method is to fully control the specs of images by replacing the place-holders in the distilled file with processed images using the CMYK standard PDF/X-1a: 2001 with no color profiles in either…
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