What is ePub?

An ePub is a file format. Your manuscript should be saved in this format to be distributable and readable in digital content devices such as e-readers.

Can print-ready files be published in ePub format?

Text files submitted by the author cannot be converted to an ePub file.

What will be the pricing for the e-book? Can I decide on the price?

All e-books will have the default price of $4.99. However, if the paperback version of the work has a lower price than the default price, the e-book will be sold at a lower price.

What is my royalty percentage?

The author receives 50 percent of the net payments from the sales of e-books. Royalties will not be paid on copies provided free of charge or sold to the author.

When will the e-book be submitted to the retail channel?

When the print version of the book is activated, the electronic version will be submitted to the retail channel.

How long does it take for books to be posted on the retail site?

The e-book will appear on the retail site in not more than four weeks.

Will I be able to see channel e-book sales in MyAccount?

Your e-book sales will be paid quarterly in conjunction with print book sales. However, the current online statement will not reflect these sales. We are working on adding these items to the monthly statement.

How many electronic reading devices are allowed to share my e-book? Can the purchaser make hard copies?

Barnes & Noble e-books can be loaned to friends for a defined period of time. The purchaser, however, will not be able to make copies or print the book.

Will there be an ISBN for e-books?

Yes, the e-book will have the same ISBN, regardless of the format it is sold in.

Where will potential customers be able to purchase my e-book?

Your e-book will be available on Barnes & Noble NOOK Book Store. Read more FAQs below for more details.

What is Google Play Books?

Google Play Books is Google’s own store for e-books, which will allow the purchase of thousands of titles through any Web-enabled computer, e-reader, or mobile phone instead of a dedicated device.

What is Rakuten Kobo Inc.?

Rakuten Kobo Inc. is a leading e-reading service that caters specifically to smartphones, laptops, e-readers and any other device used to read digital content. It also has a global reach as it provides book lovers from over 200 countries access to your book’s content. Once your book has been digitally formatted, it will be made available for sale on the Kobo website. It can then be downloaded to a digital device that allows the buyer to adjust the font size and more for readability.

What is the Barnes & Noble eReader?

The Barnes & Noble eReader is an application that is used to read Barnes & Noble e-books on your iPhone, Blackberry, Windows PC, or Mac. Without it, you will not be able to read Barnes & Noble e-books. Barnes & Noble e-books are encrypted to protect the authors’ work. Thus, other e-book readers will not work with Barnes & Noble e-books. The Barnes & Noble eReader can display styled text (italicized, underlined, etc.) and formatting as well as perform functions not found on other e-book readers. The Barnes & Noble eReader is free to download and is supported on multiple devices.

What are the benefits when Barnes & Noble distributes my book?

Your book’s presence on the Barnes & Noble e-book store expands distribution opportunities for it as well as allows purchasing access through various digital mediums such as the NOOK, PC, and Mac (through the free and downloadable Barnes & Noble eReader).

What is the NOOK?

The NOOK is Barnes & Noble's digital e-reader (like the Reader) with access to over 1 million titles.

What is the iBooks Store?

The iBooks Store is an e-book store created by Apple. Books can be downloaded to an iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch via the iBooks Store.

Why isn't my book in the iBooks Store?*

The process can take up to three months. However, should that length of time elapse with your book still not present in the iBooks Store, it is possible that Apple did not accept your content for various reasons such as typos, poor editing, poor formatting, and subject matter, to name a few.

*To meet submission standards, please review your manuscript thoroughly to ensure spelling accuracy and correct rendering of any diacritical mark such as tilde, caret, acute accent, or the like. Books written in languages other than Spanish or English are not submitted to iBooks Store due to Apple formatting restrictions. We are currently still trying to work with Apple to resolve this issue.

What formats does each digital content device accept?

Other partners require ePub files. This is why digital formatting and distribution is now included in all Partridge Africa Black & White publishing packages.