Author Topic: Is There a Difference In PAPERBACK Quality Between Amazon v IngramSpark v Lulu?  (Read 525 times)  

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I always print paperbacks through Amazon. But wondering if the quality is different when using another service?
Your experience?

Thanks.

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    Offline DmGuay

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    YES!!

    I ordered paperback author copies through Amazon. And boy. There's a difference. The ones that come from Barnes & Noble--which they print via Ingram-- are sooooo much nicer. Better cover stock. Better binding.

    The paperbacks I ordered from Amazon, the cover paper curls up slightly at the ends, fresh out of the box. And, I have had readers complain of the bindings completely falling apart even on new books.

    I'm considering migrating all of my paperbacks to Ingram Spark next year, because of this.

    I cannot speak to Lulu though. If you have the option of ordering a sample, I'd recommend doing so.
     
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    I've ordered books from Lulu (for personal projects) over the years, and I think their quality has gone down noticeably. It's not terrible, but I would say it's not up to the standards of IS, and it's also too expensive for anything but one-off personal things. I would never consider using it for publishing my books to readers.

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    Thanks so much for the insight. I have never ordered one of my paperbacks from B&N, though I offer them there.

    YES!!

    I ordered paperback author copies through Amazon. And boy. There's a difference. The ones that come from Barnes & Noble--which they print via Ingram-- are sooooo much nicer. Better cover stock. Better binding.

    The paperbacks I ordered from Amazon, the cover paper curls up slightly at the ends, fresh out of the box. And, I have had readers complain of the bindings completely falling apart even on new books.

    I'm considering migrating all of my paperbacks to Ingram Spark next year, because of this.

    I cannot speak to Lulu though. If you have the option of ordering a sample, I'd recommend doing so.

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    Just checked prices, and you are right.  Will stick with alternatives. Thanks.

    I've ordered books from Lulu (for personal projects) over the years, and I think their quality has gone down noticeably. It's not terrible, but I would say it's not up to the standards of IS, and it's also too expensive for anything but one-off personal things. I would never consider using it for publishing my books to readers.

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    Thanks for asking, OP. I have wondered about that, too. I've only ever seen Amazon copies.

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    Me too.

    Thanks for asking, OP. I have wondered about that, too. I've only ever seen Amazon copies.

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    Me too.

    From what I can see, my readers most definitely prefer paperbacks. I have almost zero ebook sales. When the expanded distribution stats come in, all I can do is wonder. I guess they are receiving better copies at a discounted price now.

    Hmmm.

    Who knows?

    Amazon.

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    I agree with the above opinions, Ingram is a better quality than Amazon. I don't use Lulu so I can't compare.

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    Seems like Ingram/B&N have it over Amazon.

    I agree with the above opinions, Ingram is a better quality than Amazon. I don't use Lulu so I can't compare.

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