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Okay, here's Amazon's white color vs cream for hardcovers. What do you think? (I almost like white better  :shrug). Would it matter to you as a reader if color paper doesn't match in series? And which color type do you prefer?


I did cream for one book and didn't like it, so now only use white. Just got a quote from my local printer (Amazon no long ships to SA) to print some books POD and the white was a bit more expensive than the cream, but I'm sticking with white.
I also tried one book with a matte cover and didn't like it, so I only use glossy now.

As a BTW we get our ISBN numbers free in SA. I just filled-in a form and sent it off and had the new ISBN the following day.  :)
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Out of curiosity, I had to see how Pages handled it.  This is formatted without styles and just using the bulleted list format:


I imagine Word must have something similar.

Thanks.
Did you have the text on justified when you did the bulleted list? That is what is causing the problem. A lot of the book is in bullet points so I would have to do all those in left align. If I had untold wealth I would hand it over to a layout artist.  :icon_rolleyes: I'm seeing the printer this week to discuss the printing locally. I will ask for their advice, but might just leave it as it is in case I mess up the whole book as it mostly looks ok.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Really?
« Last post by TimothyEllis on July 08, 2024, 03:07:01 AM »
Also, since AI is an incredibly powerful productivity tool for Creatives and Content creators

Content creators, yes.

Creatives, no.

And no, I don't consider content creators to be creatives in this context. And I do consider Bot content to be the lowest form of content. Nothing at all for people be proud of doing.

You're also flogging a dead horse on this.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Really?
« Last post by PJ Post on July 08, 2024, 02:32:12 AM »
Does every thread eventually turn into a discussion about the relative merits of AI?  Just asking...

AI is the current shiny thing - like MS Word used to be, or Canva or Photoshop or Dragon Speaking. I'm sure the button was all the rage once-upon-a.

They're just tools.

Also, since AI is an incredibly powerful productivity tool for Creatives and Content creators - and it only keeps getting better - it's going to keep coming up.

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The AI debate reminds me of the vinyl records vs digital music argument. Sure, vinyl may sound better to some people's ear, but the world of commerce embraced digital - so here we are.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Really?
« Last post by TimothyEllis on July 08, 2024, 02:00:47 AM »
Does every thread eventually turn into a discussion about the relative merits of AI?  Just asking...

Only when you or someone else pushes them.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Really?
« Last post by R. C. on July 08, 2024, 01:58:29 AM »
Does every thread eventually turn into a discussion about the relative merits of AI?  Just asking...

R.C.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Really?
« Last post by alhawke on July 08, 2024, 01:50:25 AM »

The AI is Microsoft's VASA-1.
Leonardo Da Vinci is rolling in his grave... But it was pretty entertaining.  :icon_rofl:
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Really?
« Last post by TimothyEllis on July 08, 2024, 01:13:34 AM »
AI, as a tool, is relevant to the thread because it can greatly reduce the cost of producing a professional book.

 :icon_rofl:

Sorry, had to laugh.

You can learn to edit to a high standard. You can learn to proof to a high standard. You can learn to do good covers.

That's how you reduce the cost of producing books.

AI is not needed in any of that.

The only cost I've had in recent times was the 2 dragon images I bought the licenses for 3 series ago. That's it in the last 18 books. And actually, it's been more than 30 since I paid for a cover, and that got reused for the 2nd book in the pair.

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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Really?
« Last post by PJ Post on July 08, 2024, 01:03:19 AM »
But, you know, yay for AI!

It's not a matter of liking it, it's the Future. It's inevitable. It is what it is. We can get in front of it and leverage it - or we can get run over.


The movement toward AI is more like not giving a damn what happens to anyone else.

Welcome to capitalism. Industry has never given a damn what happens to anyone else - like ever. Full stop. Why should the latest technology be any different?

I'll start my argument with this...





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AI faces significant obstacles. Whether or not they can be overcome is a subject we can debate ad nauseum--and already have. Yet here we are again--in a thread that wasn't about AI in the first place.

So why not repeat the things I and others have already said?

We don't have to rehash AI, but it's silly to assume it's not going be the future. Maybe this year, maybe in a few decades, but the obstacles will be overcome. So, we can try to shape AI's application, maybe guide it, certainly figure out how to benefit from it; but other humans are going to use it to put everyone else out of business in the most Draconian and expedient way possible - because that's capitalism, too.

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AI, as a tool, is relevant to the thread because it can greatly reduce the cost of producing a professional book.

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Also, when it comes to copyright, we may have options...


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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Really?
« Last post by Cabbages and kings on July 08, 2024, 12:19:27 AM »



The AI is Microsoft's VASA-1.
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