Matte vs Glossy CreateSpace covers

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  1. Very very helpful! I'm just setting up my first book on Createspace and when I came across the two choices, I didn't know what the heck they were talking about! A quick search on YouTube got me to your video and you point out the differences beautifully. Much appreciated. Tam

  2. Thanks for the video, it seems matte all the way since it does not reflect light and seems to sustain damage better, also illustration rendition is still good, even if with far less contrast. I would say matte looks more professional.

  3. Jason, did you make a video that explains how to upload photos from your computer to your book in the Create Space web site? And di you make a video that explains how to design a front and rear cover, and spine, for your book, using Create Space? Would appreciate it. Thanks.

  4. I am so glad that I found this video. My sister and I have been looking into POD with CreateSpace over the last couple of months, and I am currently testing out projects to see the results and learn my way through the process.

  5. Thanks a lot for the video. I think glossy is better for pictures as you showed. If the cover only has plain words and simple drawings, matte is better.

  6. Very informative video, Jason, thank you for showing the comparison. I write fantasy myself, and am in the process of proofing my books right now. I wanted to say that I went with the glossy, since my cover images are artwork. The glossy really makes the artwork pop out nicely. So people may want to keep in mind what they have for cover images. One thing I would add is that CreateSpace does have fold lines near the spine… not really sure why they have those, because it seems to me that's the main reason why the covers tend to curl up. Again, great video, thank you for taking the time to make the comparison!

  7. Thanks for the info!
    I'm about to try CreateSpace and this video added great info.
    BTW, I took a look at your book at Amazon – saved in my wish list, so your video probably has sold a copy of your book.  😀

  8. I got my matte finish today. My cover is mostly black and I've found the matte marks so easily. I have a few changes to make anyway, but for my next proof I'm going to go with the gloss. Thanks for the video, super helpful 🙂

  9. Nice video Jason, thanks – but which would you recommend for a children's chapter book? I know you said matte is good for fiction, but I suspect that kids might be more drawn to glossy..? Tough one

  10. Better to go with a matte as glossy creates too much glare on the book cover and makes the book title and art imagery harder to see. Gloss is rough on the eyes. With a matte, you can hold the book up high toward a light and not have to worry to about light bouncing all over the book and boomeranging into your eyes. Glossy is annoying and takes away from the overall appeal that the book cover might otherwise have. If a reader takes care of their books, the book spine and edges should remain intact. I have seen books with glossy covers rip and tear and bend if they were not handled properly. They are not indestructible. No book is but if you want a softer feel on your eyes, go with matte.

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