Sorry for this late review, I’ve been having power issues. On Wednesday the power went out at 12:45am and didn’t come back until 7am with other little black outs x.x; as a result I couldn’t post anything. But without further Apu, let us get on with today’s article, review, whatever c.c
Recently I’ve finally managed to get my Lightning Source proof in, and so the comparison between the CreateSpace print and Lightning Source has begun! Now, before I go on, there are some differences between these two books, some may consider it minor, others may consider it major. So let’s go over these two shall we?
Size: 6.14 x 9.21
Size 7 x 10
For those who don’t know, saddle stitch means that it’s been stapled together. Where as perfect bound is normally how novels are pasted together. I made the mistake of thinking that the binding as it’s called made the book cheaper on Lightning Source, I was wrong, however it saved me time from measuring the spine for it (not much I’ll admit, it didn’t take much effort to do it on createspace but either way I find it looks better).
(LS top) (CS bottom) Though smaller, the LS book is much thicker and has a saddle stitch. The the CS book below it has a ‘perfect’ bidning. Both have the same number of pages.
This leads to the size, on Createspace, size doesn’t matter and doesn’t affect the price of the book, it’s whether or not it’s in color and the kind of paper that is used (cream or white), not to mention the number of pages of course 😛
Lightning Source’s price is affected by the size, color, paper and binding. Keep in mind there may be other factors as well but these are just the ones I’ve noticed. As a result of this though Lightning Source can offer a cheaper price than Createspace does, but you need to pay 75 dollars to register it, then another 12 bucks a year to maintain it in their catalogue (which may be worth it in the long run but hey, it’s up to you.)
Createspace White border Pages, first Spread!
Lightning Source Page spread Comparison!
Just as the title says, Createspace Comparison 2!
Lightning Source Page Spread Comparison 2
I’m going to go into the details now of my own book, these are two graphic novels of course, full color; the White version, or the createspace version, and the Black version or the Lightning Source version. Why did I choose to put black around the Lightning Source book? Because I didn’t like the way the book had that big empty white space there, and lacked time to do so, also I lacked the foresight to place a full bleed there, which is what I most wanted. I said it before, I’ll say it again, I couldn’t redo the full bleed without revamping the whole thing which may have increased the time to get it out by 10 fold, so I sucked it up and did it this way, and I’ll admit it came out pretty well all things considered.
CS Book (background) and the LS (foreground) against each other. The color on the smaller LS book as you can see is much brighter than it’s larger cousin.
The color of the colors as you may have noticed is a bit different, the LS (Lightning Source) book is bluer and has more contrast where as the CS(CreateSpace) book is paler. I kind of like the LS for this reason but as you may see (or may not see) there’s a little color spray patter on the LS book’s cover. It’s hard to notice however, really hard to notice. Not enough though to really bug me honestly.
My second concern will take some explaining. This is one of the issues that plagued me while trying to find the right size of book and that issue is Skewing/Warping of the original images as they are placed on the paper. That means stretching or altering of the object (which is the image) within the page so it will fit into the margins/border that it’s placed. Doing so may give a slight kind of alteration to the image itself, so it won’t appear as intended. This is something I really wanted to stay away from and that I’m also very paranoid of, and I thought that this was something the LS book had. However, I may have been mistaken and thus just paranoid. That happens 😛 But I will let you be the judge as I post various pictures and compare them from the two.
A comparison of the CreateSpace or White book.
A comparison of a Panel in the LS Book.
Over all I don’t have any big complaints, the book for LS does seem a bit larger but that could be due to the binding, but it’s easier to fold it open and hold it, where as the CS book creases slightly. But the CS book is larger and for some may be clearer as a result.
I know people may get confused, and that’s my fault sorry about that. But, if they were kept the same size, LS price starts to increase and over takes CS so it might have ended up being more expensive anyway, which isn’t good since this book is intended to be in stores. I also do like the black border as well as it gives a different kind of atmosphere to the book but unless you’re really into it, you probably won’t notice or care about it.
Now this gets into another issue which I’ll cover, ship time. From what I’ve heard and seen, Lightning Source books have a huge increase in shipping time on Amazon, how much? Anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks.
Yes that’s right, 2 to 4 weeks. Why? I don’t know, maybe Amazon doesn’t like Lightning Source, but Createspace books (which is owned by Amazon BTW), has no such time and is instant. This was enough for me to consider having the book go through createpace on amazon, a wait time for such a book like that is unacceptable to me as an author and a consumer. I think many may agree, however this may have changed, only time will tell!
But, I like both of them really, the LS book seems to be sturdier, has a black border with no space, smaller and slightly brighter colors in some instances. Whereas the CS book is larger and looks more professional as a book with a white border. So it really depends on taste. In the future however, I will probably go with and stick with one or the other so we’ll have to see how it goes.
But if you’re looking between LS or CS it really depends on what you wish to do, LS has much larger distribution channels but it is SLLOOOOW. It takes forever to get an account, to hear back from the processing, it took a month to get this book finished. CS however, is fast, it has an automatic book reviewer, it’s got call back phone support with very helpful staff, and your book can go on sale as short as 3 days after being submitted. But it can’t get into nearly as many stores, even though they have expanded distribution it’s part of Ingram(Which owns Lightning Source) anyway, so it goes through there but doesn’t have as many channels.
So Lightning Source = Wholesalers.
You depending what you want to do, or what you’re doing.. yeah it’s your call, or you can go with both.
Oh,both also support ebooks too! But that’s a story, for another day… (please insert theme from The Tales of the Riverbank here).