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Joshua Cartwright

Useful tools for covers - Ingram Sparks

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This will hopefully be useful.


I am releasing my paperback through IngramSparks as well as Amazon and Ingram kept demanding that my PDF format was PDF/x=1a:2001. Whaaaat?


After some research I found out this is an Adobe format - and it seems (I stand to be corrected) that it comes with Acrobat Pro which I don't have and is jolly expensive. You can get a free trial of Pro but if you are releasing more than one book then....


So, after digging around a bit Ifound this:




If you have just an image for a cover, plug it into this - select 2001 on the settings page and voila! You have an Ingram compatible cover. I just submitted mine.


However, if your designer has given you a PDF you will need to convert it to an image first, I used a JPEG. Use this: https://smallpdf.com/pdf-to-jpg


and then use the first website I listed.


It's free and seems to get the job done.





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