Problems with Amazon’s Launch Reviewer
Has anyone else been having problems with Amazon’s Launch Reviewer or is it just me? As most self-published authors have already discovered, Amazon is now offering to publish your print books, in addition to publishing digital versions of your book for Kindle and online reading. I wrote about this in a previous post that you can feel free to read. New Amazon “Print Book” Publishing Services: Why Use Amazon Instead of Createspace
Now I am posting to provide an update to that information. This specifically pertains to what’s happening with my own print book for the title:
Launch Reviewer not Working
I jumped at the chance to have a print version marketed and distributed via Amazon. My coming of age story is a dark urban drama that I think readers will enjoy. Since I want to get as much book exposure possible for Skipping Childhood, I’m committed to discovering how to master Amazon marketing. What better way to do this, then to have all my book formats available via Amazon?
So far, I haven’t been able to complete the publication process for my print format on Amazon. Their ”Launch Reviewer” is still not working. That is the name of the tool that allows you to preview the interior formatting of the manuscript file you upload.
Word and Pdf Documents
I’ve encountered problems with the above mentioned tool, when I tried uploading both a Word document and a .pdf file. Amazon’s previewer will not allow you to proceed with the rest of the publishing process without viewing the interior file first. This is different from Createspace, where you can continue the steps to publishing your book, whether you review it or not.
Of course, it makes sense that Amazon would want you to be certain about how the interior of your book will appear. However, as I mentioned in the former post, in my case, I’ve already seen the actual book “proof” (in print) so I know how it will look. I just need to complete the transfer from Createspace to Amazon and re-publish Skipping Childhood there.
After submitting my email request for help, I got a polite response from the Amazon tech team, letting me know that they’re on the case. They indicated I’d have some type of answer from them on the 29th (which is understandable, considering the Christmas holiday schedule). So far, I’m banking on them having my book ready and available for release by the January 1, 2017 deadline, just as I initially planned at Createspace.
Are you having some type of problem trying to publish your new print title, or trying to transfer it from Createspace. If so, I suggest a little patience. I predict that once this new feature has all the kinks worked out, it is going to be great. As usual, I’ll be sure to update any new information about problems with Amazon’s Launch Reviewer.