Services: eBook (ePUB, etc.)

Pricing & Rates

Mode Unit Rate Minimum
Standard 5K words + 1 Graphic or Table per $5 USD $20 USD
Extra Graphics and Tables* 4 per $5 USD $5 USD

* Count in addition to what is included in "Standard" by word count.

ATTENTION: English Only. Manuscript review required before ordering. We do not want you to waste time/money.

Print + eBook

If you need a print edition as well, see our Print [Layout] section for combined service to save money.

Correct Focus with Flexibility

Our coded eBooks [ePUB, AZW, MOBI, etc.] work for the top market distribution points, including but not limited to Barnes & Noble [Nook], Kobo Books [Kobo], Amazon [Kindle], Apple/iTunes, and Google/Books.

NDAS follows industry standards set by the IDPF: Int'l Digital Publishing Forum, Trade and Standards Organization for the Digital Publishing Industry (globally). We can also correct or enhance an ePUB created elsewhere.

NOTE: ebook vendors do not govern ebook code standards.

eBook Aggregators

We do not code to the lower standards of ebook “aggregators” such as Smashwords, etc., which distribute automatically to lesser known vendors. Just the same, our ePUBs regularly work for these services as well.

If you encounter a problem with an aggregator, report the details to NDAS; we will find a way to accommodate your aggregator of choice.

For ordering, payment, and delivery, see “About >> Your Order.” When ready to order, see “Contact >> Submit Query.”

How It Works

NOTE: In combined orders for print and ebook, print layout is completed first. Its styling is exported to the nearest equivalent in ebook format.

  1. After invoice and payment, submit manuscript in DOC(X), ODT, WPS, or RTF format (other file formats may be possible) plus:

    1. English language standard (US, GB, AU, etc.) or other;
    2. metadata content for embedding (genre, keywords, synopsis, etc.);
    3. non-textual content (graphics, etc.), regardless of embedding in the manuscript (in case of corrections or improvements needed).

    Exception: If ordering for print plus ebook, see “How?” under “Services: Print Layout.”

  2. The layout technician [LT] restructures content for clean export to an ePUB ebook, complete with styles designated or used in a print edition.

  3. Table of Contents (systemic and in-line) is constructed.

  4. Metadata, FOS SIL fonts, and media are embedded.

  5. Final review of style and structure at the code level; we do not simply export and deliver like other services that use only a compiler from one ebook vendor.

  6. Triple validation is applied in (1) the coding environment, (2) an autonomous local validator, and (3) the online validator with the latest updates from the IDPF. Corrections are made to achieve full validation.

  7. “Proof” ePUB is delivered with instructions for your “Author Change Notes” [ACN] document.

  8. Steps 5–7 may be repeated upto 3 times within standard billing.

  9. The final ePUB and or other format is delivered with other products and or services invoiced in the same order.

Your NDAS LT is always available; respond via our contact account and address your LT by name. [Yes, it really is that simple.]

See pertinent subsections for further details. If uncertain how your needs fit within these guidelines, or you need something not mentioned, then “contact” us. We are happy to advise you—before you engage our services.

Correct Your ePUB File

Price: Variable; Minimum $15

All ePUBs worked on by NDAS are triple validited [see “How?”]. If your ePUB was created in another manner, we can still check and correct it if rejected by a self-publishing [SP] portal due to internal errors.

Often the problem is small and can be fixed quickly. After arranging submission of your ePUB—with documented problems—we will:

  1. triple validate it,
  2. present a list of needed corrections, and
  3. provide a price quote for the work.

After invoicing through PayPal and completed payment, typical turnaround is 48 hours during weekdays. Should your corrected ePUB be rejected, you may return a second time [only] for more adjustments at no additional charge. Your must supply the exact errors encountered.

ATTENTION: NDAS does not guarantee that a fully valid ePUB will be accepted at all SP portals; no one can legally make such a promise to you. Lesser portals are known to have fallen behind current IDPF code standards. (eBook vendors do not govern / set these standards.)

Convert to ePUB (MOBI, AZW, etc.)

We handle print, PDF, word processor files and more for conversion to eBook. Do not be fooled by offers of format specific transcoding such as for Kindle/MOBI/AZW. We will provide you the ePUB plus other formats (AZW and MOBI) upon request.

Uploading a fully valid ePUB to any self-publishing [SP] account will automatically enclose your ePUB in the vendor's proprietary format and/or container. Amazon is the only vendor to use an alternative internal format called MOBI (wrapped in its AZW container). Originally developed by Sony in the late 80s, it was quickly abandoned everywhere else on the planet in favor of the global ePUB standard.

NOTE: Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing [KDP] portal will convert a valid ePUB file automatically. We provide you an AZW and MOBI format in case Amazon chokes on a valid ePUB file.

Enhance Your eBook

Price: Variable; Minimum $20

From embedding imagery acceptable to your targeted portal to adding custom fonts and layout attributes, we can prepare your ePUB as closely as possible to desired design considerations. Print emulation in an ebook environment is never completely possible, but ePUBs are also capable of adaptations that print cannot accomplish.

Discuss your needs and wants with us and indicate any special platform considerations.

Please be aware that not all platforms display special layouts and features by default; Amazon/Kindle is the worst in this area because of the limits inherent in its outdated MOBI ebook format. For other ereaders and devices, readers may need to turn on “Publisher Defaults.” There are ways to indicate this and thereby provide them your enhanced layout for a better “book” experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

About Fonts…

Can I choose fonts for use in my ePUB?

Yes, within limits. Our font library is extensive, but non-public domain fonts require special licensing and encryption for use in an ePUB. Fortunately, there are many public domain fonts available that are legal to use. We can help you embed and implement those. Here are some sources:

Can I show you a font I want used, even from another eBook?

Yes. You will need to provide us the font's name (not file name) or a way to see it in use, so that we can determine if it is legal to embed it in your ePUB. If it is a commercial font, we may be able to recommend a close match in a public domain font.

Can I send you a font I want used?

No. If it is not in the public domain, then it cannot be used in your ePUB. If it is in the public domain, then we must still (1) verify its legal use for embedding and (2) acquire it directly from the source. If you do not know the source on the internet, then tell us the font family name to investigate; we may even have it in our font library.

About Images/Graphic Elements…

Can I include graphics in my ebook?

Yes, within limits. If the graphic is a cover image—from NDAS or elsewhere—it should be of adequate resolution to support newer HiRes (hardware) and/or “Retina” (software) devices. The same applies to other included imagery.

WARNING: Be aware that different vendors have differing limits on quantity and/or total volume (in megabytes) of non-textual content allowed in an ePUB.

About Something Else…

What if my question is only partly answered here or not at all?

Please contact us, as we are available to help you. Your question and the answer may be something to share herein with others.

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