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Issue exporting PDF for Amazon KDP

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I successfully exported a manuscript in KDP. We made some changes to it, and now when I upload the manuscript, I keep getting upload error messages in KDP. The reps at KDP can't figure out why, but they did say the document needs to be flattened. I "thought" it was flattened when I exported it using Adobe Presets, but the previous versions uploaded fine without being flattened. Has anyone here had success exporting paperback PDFs from InDesign? The book has a lot of photography, so I've been using Press Quality rather than PDF/x-1a, although I did use that setting a few times and still had upload failure. KDP says it will be two days before they get back with an answer, and we have already scheduled the book launch since the book is live with the previous version and we obviously weren't expecting this to happen. Can anyone help me figure out what's going on? 

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Issue exporting PDF for Amazon KDP

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I successfully exported a manuscript in KDP. We made some changes to it, and now when I upload the manuscript, I keep getting upload error messages in KDP. The reps at KDP can't figure out why, but they did say the document needs to be flattened. I "thought" it was flattened when I exported it using Adobe Presets, but the previous versions uploaded fine without being flattened. Has anyone here had success exporting paperback PDFs from InDesign? The book has a lot of photography, so I've been using Press Quality rather than PDF/x-1a, although I did use that setting a few times and still had upload failure. KDP says it will be two days before they get back with an answer, and we have already scheduled the book launch since the book is live with the previous version and we obviously weren't expecting this to happen. Can anyone help me figure out what's going on? 

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Try PDF/X-4

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At least please tell us the exact error messages...

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By the way, flattening damages quality so it certainly isn’t the default! Though ancient standards like PDF/X-1a and PDF/X-3 do forbid transparency which forces flattening. 

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This is cockroaches in the mind of Amazon support. You're need to find and ask this question on the some Amazon writers forum. And wait an answer from them. 

 

>> Though ancient standards like PDF/X-1a

Yep, try this. But don't forget that all transparency will be killed into hundreds of image piece. Check by your eyes looking of your PDF before send your PDF to Amazon.

 

https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/topic/G202169030 - by the way on this link we see

For the best results, all images should be sized at 100%, flattened to one layer, and inserted into your manuscript file at a minimum resolution of 300 DPI (dots per inch).

May be "Amazon" want to say that your file have many PDF-layers?

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By flatten they mean transparency not layers. PDF/X-1a flattens transparency and converts all color to CMYK—Press Quality leaves transparency live. It is common for online printers, where the print flow is automated, to request PDF/X-1a.

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