Alongside Createspace, Ingram Spark is one of the more popular print on demand publishers available to the indie author (and small publisher), with connections to all of the major book retailers in North America, The United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand (along with countless online connections too) it’s easy to see why so many authors choose them to publish their book with.
They also give you more options when it comes to the specific format of your printed book (other than just a paperback), they offer 29 different trim sizes for paperbacks alone and 14 variations for hardbacks, going from 4” x 6” to 8.5” x 11” in trim sizes, you’ll also find that they offer their hardback designs with a choice of either a laminate cover or a cloth bound cover with a dustjacket.
Ingram tailor their services for the type of book that you’ve penned, so an author who’s created a graphic novel with have an option that’s specifically for them and differs to that of the writer who has created a book destined for the business world or school class room.
When getting your cover ready for use there are a couple of things that any designer needs to take into account, firstly (and this is an obvious one) the color model you create the cover in should always be CMYK, if you have added any spot colors these should be converted (without transparencies) into CMYK, the same goes for any files which have been created in RGB. The other element is the ink levels, the requirement is for no more than 240%, but these can be easily changed in Photoshop.
When it comes to the cost of using Ingram, unlike Createspace there is a fee involved, Ingram charge a setup fee of $25 for an eBook or $49 for print (they also combine the both for $49), you also find that the average cost per book (when you take your royalties into account) stack better for those who publish with Createspace in comparison to Ingram.
However, with the marketing options available to you via Ingram along with their extensive channels to sell your book, Ingram Spark is still worth a look and for these reasons has a loyal section of authors and publishers who continue to use their services.
Book cover designers.