I'm about halfway through production on my next book, which is a textbook on digital photography. Although I've published through IngramSpark before, this book is complicated by the large numbers of imagery and a new print size (for me). I want to print a proof copy of the first half of the book, to get a sense of image reproduction (i.e. if I need to do anything with the images to get them to print better), general color, and a few other design-related things.
I've gathered together the chapters, and exported them from InDesign to PDF via the required PDF-X presets, and used the Cover Template generator to build the cover. Reading through all the specs and guidelines, I have a couple of questions, hoping not to get this test flagged for something stupid on my part:
1 - There is some confusion in the guidelines. At one point, I'm instructed to make sure that there is a blank page at the end of my interior, while elsewhere, I'm told not to add any blank pages at the end of the book. The last page of my book ends on an even page, so I'm assuming that Ingram will add the two pages necessary for the page that they imprint in the back of the book.
Should I just add the two pages (despite the warning in the guidelines), or will Ingram automatically add them? Or, will they add two more pages to the book?
2 - I've built my cover, based on the size of the proof I'm uploading. I'm only concerned with the front cover, so the back has the ISBN barcode (generated by the Cover Template), a logo, and a "Proof Copy Only" label.
Assuming that I've completed the Cover properly, and within the guides on the file, will Ingram let this go through, even though the back cover is clearly not final?
3 - When exporting from InDesign to PDF, in the CMYK conversion section, it defaults to US Web Coated (SWOP) v2. However, the guidelines don't say anything about the press. Is this the proper conversion setting?
Thanks for any insight folks might provide. I wish Ingram had a bit more public information about this type of press checking.
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