Progress on My Book Being Published

By Richard157 Latest Reply 2010-01-11 20:41:41 -0600
Started 2010-01-10 21:57:01 -0600

My online friend has done a wonderful job with creating the PDF format for my book and making all the corrections I requested. It looks great, but there are some items I would like to ask about here. I appreciate your opinions.

1.) After converting to PDF, most of the pics look blurred, out of focus. I feel certain they will look that way in the book too. I wonder if there is some way of making them look more sharp. Do you have any knowledge of whether this can be done?

2.) A book with color interior will cost more because the paper needed for color pics is more expensive. I think all pics should be shown in black and white so the paper and book will cost buyers less. Do you agree?

3.) If you had a choice, and you were thinking about reading this, would you prefer it be a book or would you rather read it online in Kindle? Kindle would be cheaper but then there would be no actual book. (I want to do only one of these at the start. I have my reasons.)

4.) I asked the owners of all 10 websites where I belong for permission to advertise. All of them have given me permission, some with enthusiasm. Amazon has every right to turn me down if they think the book will not be profitable for them. (I am not expecting a response to #4. I just needed to let that out. It has been worrying me. )

11 replies

spiritwalker 2010-01-11 20:41:41 -0600 Report

Hi Richard,
Glad to hear your good news!
1. I don't know enough to comment.
2.I think black and white photos are a good idea.
3.I have a reader, but I enjoy holding a new book in my hands
and turning the new pages of a book.

AddassaMari 2010-01-11 19:54:02 -0600 Report

1. Don't know squat about PDF, except how to scan and save files in that format.

Have you thought of talking to some one at Kinkos', or Office Depot in the document/coping section where they can print and bind reports. They might be able help you solve your PDF problem. Can't guarantee, but it can't hurt to ask. Right.

2. Black & White have longevity, but color catches the eye. So a few color pictures would act as punctuation or focal points.

3. I am a book lover and prefer to have the actual book in hand. There is something about turning the pages that actually enhances the reading experience.

Richard157 2010-01-11 20:05:13 -0600 Report

Thanks Addassa, I have been thinking about Office Depot. There is one about 10 minutes from my home. They have made many copies and sent Fed Ex for me so this may be a possibility.

If I have color pics the book will be too expensive for many buyers. The book has to be done ALL color or all black and white. Amazon told me that.

mamaoak 2010-01-11 13:17:34 -0600 Report

Nice to here good luck as for pictures black and white are fine. let use know when we can purches a copy . hugs

ptsparkle 2010-01-11 09:18:57 -0600 Report

1. Computer dope.
2. Depends on pictures. If it is of the back of your eyes, color would make them "pop", but black and white is most common, and saves you and purchaser some mon ey.
3.I love books, but i also love my e-reader. I can re-read whenever or whatever is stored in the library. They seem to be less expensive also.
Good luck, hope it all works out for you.

Harlen 2010-01-11 06:50:36 -0600 Report

hello and good morning Rich
1. No
2. Yes I agree
3. A book:some things you read over and over again and I think this will be one of them.
4. Amazon has lost a lot of money not giving peaple a shot at a book they do wish to read
Let me know when and where I can get it I would love to have your book
Thanks Rich and God speed

kdroberts 2010-01-11 06:35:56 -0600 Report

1. What was the original format and how did you convert to PDF? Unfortunately to do it right you or whoever is converting it will have to shell out some money to get the right software. Once you have that you should be able to edit the PDF and replace the images that became blurry with the originals that I assume are not blurry. Adobe Acrobat Pro would do it (the "Preview, preflight, correct, and prepare PDF files for high-end print production and digital publishing" feature in particular) but it costs $450. Maybe see about the free trial and license restrictions on that.

2. Depends on the pictures, do they lose anything being black and white? I've seen many books that go that route because of the cost and they all look fine.

3. Paper book but a PDF would work on pretty much all the e-book readers and also for people who don't have e-book readers.

Richard157 2010-01-11 09:29:50 -0600 Report

Thanks KD! I used an inexpensive scanner and do not yet know much about the finer points of using it. All the original pics were sharp and of good quality. I have Adobe but not their photo add-on that you mentioned.

Elrond 2010-01-10 23:53:29 -0600 Report

Richard, I hope you have much better luck with your book than I have had with mine. I've had 3 books for sale on for over 4 months in both print and Kindle versions and so far have only sold one copy of one book at a total income of $1.15. Of course, you have web advertising lined up so that should help. Also, your subject matter is very different. My books are pure escapist fiction while yours sounds like serious information :)

keek 2010-01-10 22:03:48 -0600 Report

1. I have no idea, sorry!

2. I think that color pictures draw people in… but I understand your concern about cost. Are we talking about photographs? How much more would it cost (per book) for color? What is the picture quality like when the pictures are black and white?

3. I love holding n actual book. Although I appreciate the convenience of reading online, I prefer actual books — but perhaps that is just the English teacher in me. ;)