Now that you’re ready to publish, hiring an eBook conversion service to make sure your eBook looks just how you want it to is important. You’ve put a lot of hard work into every word you’ve written and have a good looking cover, and we’ll make sure that your readers see a beautiful layout and proper formatting.
Some eBook conversions services use automated programs to produce your eBook. These programs produce substandard results which do not provide for the best quality eBook, and can end up causing you to need the work done again. We do all of the eBook conversion process manually, and do not use automated programs except where necessary, such as the final MOBI file for Amazon.
We’ll check with you if we’re uncertain how you’d like something designed, let you know if we notice anything missing or any errors, and make sure that when your eBook is published, it looks great for your readers.
For those authors and publishers that have none, or only some, of their book’s 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 the authors and publishers that have their book exactly how they want it, and just need it properly converted to the eBook formats, we will make the final files look exactly as you have the current file. If there are any portions that cannot be exactly replicated, we will let you know about this prior to work beginning on your conversion and provide the various options that are available.
We take care to keep every aspect of your book how it is in the file you sent us or how you’ve directed us to make it look. Every italicized word, every word in bold, and any other specific formatting you have is created in the final files how you typed it originally, or requested we make it look. We’re perfectionists that want your book to look great and for you to be happy.
Image work can be tricky for some conversion companies to get right. 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 while making sure the size of the image is not unnecessarily increasing your eBook’s file size. Some authors don’t know it, but Amazon charges delivery charges against your royalty based on the file size of your eBook. Currently this charge is 15 cents per megabyte, which can add up when you sell a lot or have an image intensive eBook. When we work on your conversion, we will keep your images looking great, while keeping the size of the images at a minimum so that your files are no larger than they absolutely have to be.
Fonts are licensed intellectual property, so a lot of eBook conversion services don’t support embedding them. Some eBook conversion services will embed them but won’t verify 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.
Regardless if your book has images, footnotes, end notes, extensive linking, bullet points, or tables, none of it is an issue. We’ve worked extensively with all of these features as well as some other less used formatting. If you have special requirements for your book that aren’t mentioned above, feel free to ask. We’ll let you know what we can or cannot do as well as what options are available.
Though we primarily work on books in English, 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.
Even after completing work on your book, we will still be here. Should you have questions, or need changes made, the next day or the following year, we will be here to answer those questions or get those changes made for you. Often times minor changes don’t cost a thing, and answers to your questions are always free, regardless of how many you have.
Every book is different and is reviewed from start to finish. A quote is provided that is based on the time it would take to complete your specific conversion. As a general guide, the price for conversions of a fiction book starts as low as $50 and rarely goes over $100. The cost depends on book length and complexity as well as which formats you require. Unless your book includes a lot of graphics or aspects that are time consuming, which fiction books rarely do, then this general pricing guideline will be accurate. If you have a short story to publish, the quote will 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 widely in their complexity, so 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 at $125 and usually doesn’t vary by much.
See the individual tabs under the ‘Conversion Services’ menu for a little information on each format.
If you have any questions, or would like an exact quote, please fill out the form on the “Quote & Contact” page, submit a copy of your book with it, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we see it. If you just want an estimate based on your book’s word count, you can submit the form without the book’s file attached.
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 we have no problem walking you through it as well as any other help you need.
We don’t have email lists, marketing emails of any sort, and we don’t provide emails to anyone, so you won’t see contact from us other than when you have questions or we’re working on your book for you.