Smartphone vs Camera

I often have writers send me photographs to use for their book cover which they took with their smartphone. Pictures taken with  smartphones are fine and dandy to use for Facebook, Instagram, Email, the web.., but for printing for your book cover, not so much!  (Ebooks use is fine).

Today smartphones have really progressed in the camera area and have more megapixels than ever before. However, a camera is still better to use when you want to capture that perfect image to put on your book cover or on a page inside your book. High resolution is very important when you want to print images. If an image is poor quality resolution, you end up with a blurry image which looks cheap and unprofessional.

Light sensors in phones can’t compare to how a camera can adjust for lighting, such as a flash.

Stability is also a factor. Smartphones do have stabilizers but they are digital stabilizers and not optical stabilizers like cameras have.

Zooming is much better with a camera too, it has the optical zoom where a smartphone uses a digital zoom and you can get pixilated images as a result.

So, if you are just wanted that quick snap shot to post an image on your Facebook page or send as an email, your smartphone is great for that. But if you are wanting to have a perfect photo to place on the cover of a book or for pages inside a book, or even for posters, a good camera is always the way to go!

Say Cheeeese!

Kindle Image Resolution

OK, I just found this information out myself after trying to format my interior file for my book. I was receiving an error after submitting to the Preview Submission on Kindle. My error was that my images were too low resolution and only 220 DPI. I know for a fact that they were 300dpi when I inserted them! So..after attending a webinar today by Kindle Direct Publishing, I found that there is a setting on Word where you can select that your images are not compressed and that is what was happening with my images. If you are receiving errors when trying to submit your images to Kindle please look at your settings in your Word. Go to File>Options>Advanced>Image Size and Quality. Click on “Do not compress images in file”

Prints and Monitors

You are viewing a beautiful picture on your computer monitor and
decide you want to print it.
Once you do print it out, and look at it, the colors do not appear the same.
Reason is, the colors on your monitor will always look different than in print.
Printed images will always be darker than what you are viewing on your monitor.
Your printer uses inks and your monitor emits light so naturally your monitor images
will appear brighter and more vibrant than what ink will.
Please keep this in mind when reviewing images on your computer screen. It will
avoid a lot of confusion and disappointment.

Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)

So here is is October! Happy October, the month of ghosts, goblins and all good things that go bump in the night! Today I opened my email to find a letter from Amazon ( you can read it in an update on my “Self Publisher’s Helpful Links”) informing me that CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing are merging and becoming one service. So now KDP not only will handle your Kindle ebooks, but also your print books. I suppose this will make things easier for both Amazon and us, having both formats in one location. I took a look at KDP and found some interesting tools there. They have a Kid’s Book Creator and a Comic Book Creator that are for you ebook formats. I noticed something interesting that there is a tool where you can make your text pop off the page, making it appear bigger. This is because so many time the text is too small when you read it on your phone or tablet and will make the text much more easier to read! How cool is that!

You should check it out HERE

And here is a link where you can download the Kindle Kid’s Book Creator

I downloaded it and it looks like a great tool that is simple and fun to use! Give it a try!

Color Modes-RGB vs CMYK


Many publishers require that your images be submitted in the color mode CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black).
Some allow the RGB (Red, Green, Blue) color mode to be submitted, but will print it using CMYK.
CMYK is used for print media and the RGB is used for digital medias such as television and computer/websites.

There is a difference to the appearance of both. There is a much brighter and vivid color to the RGB.
Converting to CMYK tends to make the colors a bit more dull, especially with the blues.

I have place two images of colors here to show you the difference.
Just be aware of the difference between the two, and know that when you have images printed, the colors may appear slightly different than how you view them on your computer screen.