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I have an order or two from the states and assumed that the printer would be automatically selected to suit the location. I hope this is the case or two followers will be disappointed and me look a little silly!!
I query why we should have to select a printer when one does not cover a region and another does. This is something that logically should be an accepted automated process. A different matter of course where two printers cover the same area.
Could you clarify a little more please? We cannot dictate from where buyers may order…I have had South Africa and now America… This needs to be an automated selection process with standardised quality.
A further query that I made a while ago to Oli is about the page view versus visits on the analytic section. This appeared somewhat contradictory a while ago and still implies that visits mainly have a single page view. As we are looking at a browsing situation this does not make a lot of sense, specifically when I know people are reading my work on the book streamer…they have to be to pass comment on it!
Thanks for your questions.
Just like published books often have separate US and UK editions, that is the same kind of model that we are working on.
If you want to create a book which will be printed in the US, then you can set up a US version of your book. For a book which is Crown sized (as yours is) there are no extra adjustments that you need to make. If the book is a Demy size then there is a small 2mm adjustment to make to the manuscript size.
From a customer point of view, when someone comes to the website and wants to buy your book, we will check their locale (the country they have told us they are in) and recommend that they buy the edition printed most locally to them.
In that sense it is automated, but our system also allows authors to have a bit more choice in the way that they make their book available to print.
It means that you could have Antony Rowe printing your book in the UK, and Lightning Source printing in the US, for example.
I’ll take a look at the analytics section and get back to you on that.
I assume that the same quality of paper. finish etc is to be expected from Lighten source as from Antony Rowe? This is queried as the paper quality greatly affects illustration quality, not that we can do anything about it… but need the same product in all areas.
Me getting a bit confused here…call it senility if you wish! I am trying to follow through with a ‘new edition’ but am asked for title and blurb which are all part of the existing cover and which is satisfactory as it stands. From there I see no way of choosing the printer….
Can you set it up for Lightening Source in the USA please? I am sure to screw up something if I carry on fumbling!! Always said computers should be made of timber for ageing carpenters!
Bye the way will you be at Hay this year first weekend? We shall be in Snowdonia for the 6th but will probably be having a wander around Hay on the 29th or 30th.
Be good to meet up if you are there.
Hi Harry – yes, you do need to add in the title and blurb again. If you head back to your portfolio, and click on the plus next to your 2nd ‘Deluge’ listing you should see the new edition that you started to create. Click on ‘continue publishing’ and you will reach a screen where it asks you where you would like to distribute your book. Click ‘Select’ on the US option. Then choose your size. You will then see at the bottom of the page that Lightning Source has been selected for you.
I would be happy to do it for you but we need to see how easy/difficult it is for our users to manage it all. So I’m afraid I’m going to make you do it! Don’t worry – if it all goes wrong we should be able to sort it out.
Re: Quality and finish…actually there is a difference in the way the books are printed by different printers (another reason why we want people to be able to choose). The plan is to add in the ability to give feedback on printers that will help you to determine if that printer is right for you if, for example, you plan to use illustrations etc.
Unfortunately it looks like I can’t make Hay this year so I will miss you – but will let you know if anything changes and I end up popping over. Would be good to say hi!
Will do [modify to try!] sometime Friday. I want a wooden computer for my birthday in July!
The two orders that have come in from America…a couple of days ago, Roy Lohr in New Mexico and John E Corrigan USA somewhere…what has happened to those in the context of printing and delivery?
Keep the fingers crossed for Hay.
Any luck with the Printer set up yet…and news of my US readers?
Anna, this is very interesting. I’m planning to self-publish, and have started researching, and one of the things I would like is to have a version with American spelling for the USA market as well as a British one.
Must see if I can do this with e-publishing as well…