I got the paperback and hardcover proofs of my memoir in the mail! Overall I’m really happy with how they turned out, and I just need to have a final round of proofreading and fix any formatting issues.
If you’re interested in using IngramSpark as a printer and distributer, here is my review:
I love the feel and look of the matte cover. It’s velvety like I’ve read in some other reviews, and you don’t see fingerprints. There are a couple weird marks on the front of each cover that I scratched off, likely from the box it was packed in or something. The colours are vibrant and look wonderful in person. The edge of the back cover of the paperback is a bit rough from the way it was cut, but it’s not too bad. For the hardcover I chose the blue cloth, which is a very dark/navy blue. The gold lettering stamped on the spine isn’t the most easy to read, but not many people will be taking the jacket off and looking there.
The thickness of each book is great, with the paperback being 202 pages and the hardcover with 184 pages. The binding of the paperback is clean with no visible glue.
The cream paper looks fantastic, and feels very smooth. The black and white images at the beginning of each chapter turned out just as they were on my laptop screen. You can faintly see through the pages to the following page, but this is how most books are. I’d say the paper is the perfect thickness. My one qualm is that the words are kind of shiny in some angles of light, but it’s not that big of a deal.
In conclusion, I’m extremely happy with the quality of IngramSpark’s printing!
PS: The interior was designed by me, and for the cover I hired a professional.