Converting your book to eBook
We can convert your book into the most popular eBook formats, ready for your title to be sold via the major eBook retailers or through your own website. We can work from digital files or printed books, and will test that your eBook looks great and works flawlessly across a variety of different software and eBook readers.
When you have checked the review files, and you are happy with your eBook, we can publish it to the eBook retailers (see our eBook Distribution page). Alternatively, you will have have the finished eBook files, so you can upload these to your website for example, or to your account with retailers if you have these in place.
All files we produce will include a linked Table of Contents, searchable and re-sizeable text, and will pass any technical specifications required by the retailers.
The Different eBook Formats
The two most popular eBook formats are Kindle format (Mobi files) and standard ePUB files.
Amazon’s Kindle eReader has been a huge success and, via their Kindle Store, Amazon sell more eBooks than any other retailer. We produce a PRC or Mobi format file, that is ideal for uploading to Amazon’s Kindle Store. The files we produce can be previewed on a Kindle eReader device or Kindle App before they are submitted to Amazon, so that you can see exactly how they look before they are available for purchase.
Kindle format files are produced in full color, and can include graphics, images, photos and tables. Most Kindle devices only display greyscale, with the exception of the Kindle Fire tablet device. Kindle Apps for PC, Mac, iPad and smartphone are all capable of displaying color.
There is very limited control over typefaces, font styles and layout within a Kindle file, so if you have a book with a complex layout we will need to simplify how it looks during the conversion process, if you wish to stick with a standard eBook file format rather than fixed layout.
ePUB files are the sold by virtually all other retailers, apart from Amazon, including Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Waterstones. ePUB files are also produced in color and there is more scope within an ePUB to use different fonts, text styling and advanced layout features. Although the files can incorporate color, some ePUB compatible eReader devices will only display greyscale. For example, a color ePUB file sold via B&N’s Nook Store will not be displayed in color on a standard Nook eReader but will be on a Nook Color eReader.
When we have converted your file, we will send you a preview version, which you can view on a compatible eReader if you have one, or on free software that can be installed on your computer.
Two other eBook formats which are suited to more specific types of book, are Fixed-Layout eBooks and Read Aloud eBooks.
Fixed-Layout eBooks are formats which are ideal for reproducing books with a high graphic content such as children’s picture books, coffee table books and business/text books, which contain heavy formatting or lots of tables and graphics.
Fixed-Layout formats offer much more in the way of formatting and styling support, and usually we can produce a Fixed-Layout eBook that looks virtually identical to your original print layout.
We can produce fixed-layout files for Apple, B&N, Kobo and Amazon (Kindle Fire). All four of these formats allow for maintaining the majority of the original PDF layout, and have options for double-page viewing and are in colour. Each fixed-layout version is designed to work on specific devices, as listed below.
- The fixed-layout ePUB for Apple will work on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, and can be sold via Apple’s iTunes and iBookstore.
- The fixed-layout PagePerfect file for B&N will work on Nook Color and Nook Tablet, and can be sold via B&N’s Nook Store.
- The fixed-layout ePUB for Kobo will only work on a Kobo Vox eReader (which you can buy from WH Smith and Asda). The file can be sold through Kobo and its retail network, which includes WH Smith in the UK, Fnac in Europe and Collins Bookstore in Australia.
- The fixed-layout KF8 format for Amazon will currently only work on a Kindle Fire tablet and the newest Kindle Touch eReaders, and can be sold through Amazon’s Kindle Stores.
To request a quote to produce a Fixed-Layout eBook, please send a PDF of your book if you have it, along with a description of your requirement to email@example.com.
Read Aloud eBooks
Read Aloud eBooks are Fixed-Layout ePUB files which have been enhanced with an audio narration and possibly a background soundtrack too. They are perfect for children’s story book with all the fantastic graphical options of a Fixed-Layout ePUB, plus they give the reader the choice of hearing the narration on a page-by-page basis, or letting the pages turn automatically as the story is read out. Each word of the book can be highlighted as they are spoken, and the reader can turn the background music or sound effects on or off as they wish.
We can produce Read Aloud eBooks for both Apple and Kobo.
To request a quote to produce a Read Aloud eBook, please send a PDF of your book if you have it, along with a description of your requirement to firstname.lastname@example.org. We can also arrange for the production of a professionally voiced narration, if you do not wish to organise this yourself.
What we’ll need from you
To convert your book into eBook format, we will need either a digital version of it, or a printed copy in good condition.
Accepted File Types
PDF and Word doc are the most common file types we receive, although InDesign is fine too. If you have your book in a different format, we should still be able to help but please email details to email@example.com.
Printed Books and Hard Copies
If you only have a printed paperback or hardback version of your book, and do not have a digital copy, we would need to digitize it before we can start the conversion process. This process involves separating the individual pages from the printed copy, scanning each page, and then extracting the scanned text to produce a Word version of your manuscript. The cost of digitizing a printed book starts at $140/£100 (when combined with eBook conversion or a conversion and distribution package).
Adding a Front Cover
Your eBook will need a front cover. If you have one already, you can send that through as any type of image file or as a PDF. If you only have a hard copy of your front cover, we can scan that and make any necessary changes before adding it to your eBook.
What does it cost?
The cost will depend upon the content and length of your book. The most straightforward books to convert are those that only contain text.
A text-only book of up to 300 pages costs just$210/£149 to convert. This price includes conversion to both Mobi (the Amazon Kindle format) and ePub (suitable for Apple’s iBookstore and most other major online retailer). We also offer excellent value conversion and distribution packages from just $315/£225.
Books with images, graphs, tables, scientific/mathematical formulae and diagrams can be converted to eBook but need more work and sometimes are more expensive to convert depending upon the number of pages. If you have a book that contains any of these items that you would like converted to eBook, please complete our Request a Quote form.
Publishers and Authors with multiple books: If you have more than one book, we are happy to discuss discounted rates for bulk orders.
How long does it take?
The conversion process, from receipt of your manuscript to the delivery of the final converted files usually takes between 2 and 3 weeks. If you are in a real hurry, we do offer an expedited 7 day service – please contact us with details of what you need and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
Ready to get started?
If you are ready to get started please take a look at our Getting Started page and complete the short order process.