We here at eB Format realize you’ve worked long and hard on your book. You’ve spent day after day getting every aspect just right, and now you’re just about ready to publish. With all the hard work you’ve put into your book, you don’t want to turn readers off because the layout and formatting are not how you envisioned them. Having now decided to hire an eBook conversion service to get the layout and eBook conversion done for you, you don’t want to leave it to an amateur or a company whose idea of proper a eBook conversion is using automated programs to produce substandard files. eB Format does all of the formatting and conversion process manually, and only leaves it up to programs for creating the final files when it is necessary, such as the final MOBI files for Amazon. Care is taken to keep every aspect of your book how it is in the file you’ve sent us. Every italicized word, every word in bold, and any other specific formatting you have is rendered in the final files how you typed it originally, or requested we make it look.
For those authors or publishers that have none, or only some, of the layout handled, we can pick up where you left off and format your eBook in a professional and attractive way for you and your readers. For those authors that are publishing their first book, we realize that you have many questions, and we have no problem answering your questions before, during, and after your eBook conversion is completed. Step-by-step instructions for publishing your eBook on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other major retailers is a common question and need by authors we work with, and we have no problem walking you through it as well as any other help you need.
Fonts are licensed intellectual property, so a lot of eBook conversion services won’t embed them, or worse, they’ll embed them without verifying if the license allows for it. If your eBook requires specific fonts in some sections, or throughout, that is not an issue. We will verify that the licensing for the font you would like allows embedding of it. If it does not, we have a list of fonts that you can choose from to use in place of it and that do not have any licensing restrictions when embedded in eBooks.
Though we primarily receive books in English to format, we can handle books in any language based on the Latin alphabet as well as some that are not. Besides English, we have handled conversions for eBooks in Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Norwegian, and Russian.
Does your book have images, footnotes, end notes, extensive linking, or bullet points? None of it is an issue. We’ve worked extensively with all of these features as well as some other less used formatting. Image work can be tricky for some conversion companies to get right as there is a balance that needs to be kept between the image quality and image file size. The goal is to keep the image quality as you originally had it, while making sure it displays properly to the reader, all the while making sure the size of the image is not unnecessarily increasing your eBook’s file size. Some authors do not realize it, but Amazon charges delivery charges against your royalty based on the file size of your eBook. Currently it is 15 cents per megabyte, which can add up when you sell a lot of copies or in image intensive eBooks. When we work on your book, we will keep your images looking how they need to, but the size of the images at a minimum so that your files are no larger than they absolutely have to be.
See the individual tabs under the ‘Conversion Services’ menu for a little information on each format.
We know that every book is different and because of this every book is reviewed and a quote is provided that is based on the time it would take to complete your specific conversion. We’ve been doing this since 2011, so it does not take a long time to do most fiction novels. As a general guide, the price for conversions of fiction books starts as low as $50 and rarely goes over $100, unless it includes a lot of graphics or some other aspects that are time consuming, which fiction books rarely do. If you have a short story to publish, the quote will very likely be under $50.
We work with non-fiction and reference books also, though we can only provide the general guide above for the fiction books. Non-fiction and reference books vary so widely in their complexity that we cannot provide estimates on these, but will gladly provide a quote once we’ve seen it as well as explain the quote in detail.
Createspace formatting generally starts around $125 and usually won’t vary by much.
If you would like a definitive quote please fill out the form on the “Quote & Contact” page, submit a copy of your book with it, and we’ll provide a quote as soon as we see it.