Print Quality Issues

Common Print Quality Problems that Can Occur with Printed Books

Print quality issues can significantly affect the overall appearance and readability of a book. Here are some common print quality problems that can occur with printed books:

  1. Smudging: Ink smudging or smearing can occur if the ink does not dry properly before the pages are handled or if the ink is applied too heavily.
  2. Ghosting: This happens when an image is unintentionally transferred from one page to the back of another. It usually occurs when the ink is not fully dried, and the pages press against each other.
  3. Misalignment: Pages or images that are not properly aligned can make a book look unprofessional. This can include text that is not properly justified or images that are skewed.
  4. Inconsistent Coloring: Colors that vary from one page to another or do not match the original design can be a problem, especially for books with detailed illustrations or photographs.
  5. Blurry Images or Text: Poor resolution or issues with the printing process can result in images or text that are not sharp, making them difficult to read or understand.
  6. Page Curling or Warping: Poor paper quality or issues with the binding process can lead to pages that do not lay flat, curling at the edges, or warping.
  7. Trimming Issues: Incorrect trimming can lead to uneven page edges, text being cut off, or uneven margins.
  8. Binding Problems: Books may have pages that are not securely bound, which can lead to pages falling out. There can also be issues with the spine, such as misalignment or glue that is not holding properly.
  9. Ink Density Variations: Variations in ink density can cause some areas of a page to appear lighter or darker than intended, affecting the uniformity of the print.
  10. Dust, Spots, or Marks: Sometimes, foreign particles can end up on the pages during the printing process, resulting in unwanted spots or marks.

Addressing these issues typically involves working closely with your publisher and the printer to ensure that the files are correctly formatted, the print settings are optimized, and the quality control process is rigorous.

If you encounter print quality issues with your books from Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), you can reach out to KDP's customer support for assistance. 

Here's a step-by-step guide on how to contact KDP regarding print quality issues:

  1. Log in to Your KDP Account: Go to the KDP website ( and log in with your account credentials.
  2. Go to the "Help" Section: At the bottom of your KDP dashboard, you will find a "Help" link. Click on it to access the KDP Help Center.
  3. Contact Support: Within the Help Center, look for a "Contact Us" button or link. KDP provides support primarily through email or a contact form, but the options available can vary based on your location and the issue.
  4. Select the Issue Category: When filling out the contact form or sending an email, choose the category that best fits your issue. For print quality problems, select the option related to book quality or printing issues.
  5. Provide Details: Clearly describe the print quality issues you are experiencing. Include specific details such as the order number, title of the book, and a detailed description of the problem. Providing photos of the issues can be very helpful for the support team to understand and address your concerns.
  6. Submit the Request: After filling in all the necessary details, submit your support request. Keep a record of any confirmation numbers or emails you receive.
  7. Wait for a Response: KDP support will typically respond via email. The response time can vary, so be patient while waiting for their reply.
  8. Follow Up: If the issue is not resolved in the initial interaction, or if you are not satisfied with the response, you can reply to the email or contact KDP support again to escalate the issue.

It's important to be as detailed and clear as possible when describing the print quality issues to ensure that KDP support can assist you effectively. Additionally, if the print quality issue is widespread or affects multiple copies, be prepared to provide evidence or examples of the problem across different orders.