Createspace is a huge pain

Saturday, June 9, 2012

I’ve been trying to create a document for Createspace, because I still have a Nanowrimo discount coupon that expires at the end of the month.

You’d think it would be easy, wouldn’t you? I mean, Createspace have templates, I have text, I should just be able to cut and paste it into the template and upload it and it would be done.

But no. Firstly, the Createspace template is incompatible with Createspace. It includes fonts that Createspace doesn’t support, so any document created with the template is rejected. Good one, Createspace.

But it’s worse than that. I try to copy and paste all the text from the original document to the new one and… as well as the text it copies over all the page formatting. How stupid is that? I have a document formatted the way it’s supposed to be formatted, I want to just copy the damn text, and you’d think that should be the easiest thing in the world. Why do program designers think that when I copy and paste text I want to copy all the other associated crap and not… just the damn text? This isn’t just a problem with word processors, 99% of the time when I copy and paste text from a random web page into an email, I just want the text, yet it’s also copying over font and other formatting information that I then have to waste time removing.

I’ve no idea how I’m going to fix this, but pretty soon I’ll have spent more time trying to work around stupid word processor design choices than I did writing the document in the first place. Why should I have to spend an age investigating how page styles work in order to just copy and paste from one document format to another? It’s insane.

On a related note, I started going through the page styles in Libre Office to delete them in the hope that it might fix the problem. But lo! Not only do I have to delete them one at a time rather than shift+click to select them all, but then it puts up a dialogue box asking if I really, really want to delete them, and then it doesn’t delete it. So I have about twenty styles to delete and for each one I have to select delete twice and click OK twice. If I haven’t gone mad by the end of this process I’ll be amazed.

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