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Digital Formatting and Digital Readers



What is ePub?

ePub is a file format. Your manuscript should be in such format so it is compatible with digital content devices. This allows your book to be distributed and read on specified electronic devices (E-Readers).

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Can print-ready files be published in ePub Format?

Text files that have been submitted by the author as print-ready files cannot be converted to an ePub file.

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What will be the pricing for the e-book? Do I get to select how much to charge?

All e-books will have a default price of 250. However, if the paperback format of the work has a price less than the default price; the e-book will be sold at a lower price. Prices can be modified prior to retail channel submission at the author’s request.

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What’s the author’s royalty percentage?

The author receives 50% of the digital net payments received from sales of the e-book. Royalties will not be paid on copies provided free of charge or sold to the author. You will always receive 50% of the digital net sale when sold. (Therefore, if it’s sold on partridgepublishing.com/india at 250, you will receive 125. If sold in the retail channel at 200, the channel discount (varies by partner) will be deducted from the gross price and you will receive 50% of the net price.

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

When the print edition of the book is made active, we will submit the e-book to the retail channel.

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

It will take no more than four weeks for the e-book to appear on all retail sites.

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

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

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

For Barnes & Noble, the e-book can be loaned to friends for a specific period of time. The purchaser, however, cannot make copies or print the book.

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Will there be an ISBN connected to this format?

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

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Where will potential customers be able to purchase my book in the digital format?

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

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What is the Amazon Kindle?

The Amazon Kindle is the most popular handheld e-reader device on the market. With access to 420,000 titles from over 100 countries around the globe, and growing, it provides the reader with unlimited choices of literature, at their fingertips, almost anywhere. As a Kindle user, you have access to top magazines and newspapers, as well as audio books. With the Kindle for PC and Kindle for iPhone apps, you can read Kindle books even if you don’t have your Kindle with you.

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How does the partnership with Amazon Kindle benefit an author?

Partridge India’s partnership with Kindle is a great opportunity for our authors to offer their digital content through the most popular e-reader device in the industry.

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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.

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What is Rakuten Kobo Inc.?

A leading global e-reading service for smartphones, laptops, eReaders and any other device used for reading digital content, Rakuten Kobo Inc. provides access of your book’s content (book block and cover) to book enthusiasts from more than 200 countries. Once your book has been digitally formatted, it will be made available for sale on the Kobo Web site. It can then be downloaded to a digital device that allows the buyer to adjust the font size and more for readability.

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What is the Barnes & Noble eReader?

The Barnes & Noble eReader is an application used to read Barnes & Noble eBooks 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.

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

Having your book added to the Barnes & Noble e-book store allows purchasing access to your books through various forms of digital media such as, the nook, PC, and Mac (by downloading the free Barnes & Noble Reader). Barnes & Noble is one of the largest retailers in the country, and having access to their e-book store expands distribution opportunities for our author’s books.

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What is the nook?

The nook is Barnes & Noble's digital e-reader with access to over 1 million titles.

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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.

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

It can take up to three months for your book to appear in the iBooks Store. If your book is still not available after that period of time, it is possible that Apple did not accept your content. Reasons that Apple may choose to deny content include typos, poor editing, poor formatting and subject matter.

**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.

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Which 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 India Black & White publishing packages.

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