Book Format: The Problems with Images

When people ask me for a quote for a book format for print, one of the first questions I ask is if they have photos or other images. There are two reasons.

1) Companies that produce either print on demand (POD) or print runs of books have certain requirements for images. A photo must be a certain resolution (generally at least 300 dots per inch (dpi)). Scans of old photos, newspaper articles, photocopied graphs, and even pictures from your smart phone can be problematic.

To see the requirements for CreateSpace, click here.

2) In order to use photos or images you must have the rights to those images. Many people don’t consider this when assembling a book. It’s not intentional. It just never occurs that they may have to obtain the correct permissions to use the photo commercially. (The same problem happens when people use quotations.) Obtaining these permissions can take a lot longer than you think.

Planning on images for your book? Make sure you have these two aspects covered for an easier process!


Torment, A Novel was edited and formatted by Concierge Self Publishing.


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Monday Montanan: A Concierge Self-Publishing Author

Monday Montanan: University of Montana economics professor and self-publishing author confronts Parkinson’s head-on

“April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, and O’Donnell’s history with “PD” is but one of many in the Missoula area that can only be cast as heroic.”

Read more about this heroic and humor-filled author in the the Missoulian article.

Lemons and Lemonade: The Reality of Publishing


Creative Commons License: Mike Mozart, photographer

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Man with Monopoly Game, Photo by Mike Mozart

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