What does converting my book into an eBook involve? How much does it cost?
eBooks are specialized .html files, individually formatted according to specifications required for the device on which it will be read. The most common are, of course, Amazon's Kindle®, Barnes and Noble's Nook® and Apple's iBooks®. Each of these "platforms" currently have apps which allow purchased eBooks to be read on other devices, including the iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry as well as your desktop PC or Mac.
If you are technically savvy, and have experience with HTML, XHTML or XML coding (as in the development of website pages), you may be able to prepare your eBook for upload to either the Kindle or B&N platforms. But if you're not, we're ready to do it for you.
SELLING YOUR EBOOK If you're going to do this yourself, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the book publishing industry and how distribution normally works. eBook distributors make their money the same way the traditional printed-book distributors do—by taking a percentage of either the retail or actual sales price of the book. The chart below shows the current "royalty" percentages paid to the publisher of an eBook on the three most common platforms.
Alternatively, sell your ebook directly from your own website. The developing standard for ebooks is the .epub format, which may be read using a variety of free ereaders for PC and Mac that are available on line.
Fees to convert your manuscript from MS Word or PDF into an ebook generally range between $250 (text only) and $500, depending on the number of images involved and the work required to optimize them. If you want to convert a previously published book that does not exist in electronic form (as a Word doc or PDF), there will be additional charges for conversion of the book from paper to electronic file. Please call for more information.