Photos of my matte createspace cover

My proof copies came in the mail today. I spent hours writing an overdue essay before allowing myself to open the box. I was happy with the proofs except for two small things, so I'll get those out of the way.
1. My map was still low resolution. That's my fault for not having proper programs.
2. The end of more than half the chapters had part of the last letter and the punctuation mark cut off. That may have to do with my font choice. I mean, it's not a cover problem, so nothing to worry about there. I've emailed CreateSpace about it to see if they can sort out the problem.
Now for the cool stuff!
Here's the box.

The front and back. The book on the left will be left mostly untouched. The one on the right I will read through to see how it fares after handling.
The map, along with the new notice pointing readers to the pronunciation guide at the back.
 The Chapter One spread with the new font and formatting.
A spread from the middle of the book.
Side-by-side comparison of the glossy cover (left), a traditionally published matte cover book, and Aundes Aura with its matte cover.
So far I'm happy with the cover lift. It's more natural. I'll post what it looks like in a week's time or so.
Overall, I'm very happy with it!

CreateSpace Matte Covers Now Available

They're actually here! It feels sort of surreal. Just last week I was researching Lightning Source and their matte covers that don't curl. But when the price can go up to a few hundred dollars per book, you can see why I hesitated.

I love my CreateSpace books in most respects. There's one thing I don't like about the copies I have, and that's the way the covers don't lie flat. Ever. At first there's a little lift. Once you open the book it's there for good. Then over time, it curls upwards. Apparently this is worst with dark covers, and I happen to prefer my own books' covers to be dark.

People report not having any cover lift at all, which is great. I wish I was in that situation, but I'm not.

A common explanation for the curling is the glossy covers. My deepest hope is that having a matte cover rather than a glossy cover will mean the curling goes away, if not reduced significantly to something you'd expect to see on a traditionally published book.

So I've switched my cover to the matte option. Not only that, today's introduction of the matte covers also spurred me to finish redoing the typesetting and font for Aundes Aura, which I've been meaning to update to bring it into line with the next book I'm working on. If CS won't take the new font, I'll have to go back to Garamond, but at least I'll have the matte cover.

I'm very excited to get my next proof with a matte finish and hopefully a fresh new font. Most of my favourite books have matte covers (two series being Harry Potter and A Song of Ice and Fire), and every step closer my book gets to those, the happier I'll be.

Do you prefer glossy or matte covers? Let me know in the comments!