eBook Layout & Compiling


Pricing & Rates

Service Rate Unit Minimum
Standard $5 USD per 5K words +
1 Graphic or Table*
$20 USD
Extra Graphics and Tables** $5 USD per 4 or less $5 USD
* Table or other non-linear text block isolated from standard text flow.
** For count above allowed with word count.

ATTENTION: English Only. Manuscript review required before ordering, so you do not waste time/money on the wrong services for your content.

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

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

NOTE: vendors do not govern or set ePUB/ebook code standards.

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:

    • English language standard (US, GB, AU, etc.) or other;
    • metadata content for embedding (genre, keywords, synopsis, etc.);
    • 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 the designated ebook format, complete with styles used in a print edition (where possible).

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

  7. Step 6 may be repeated upto 3 times within standard billing.

  8. The final ebook is delivered along 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
Created Elsewhere

Price: Variable; Minimum $15

All ePUBs worked on by NDAS are triple validated [see “How?”]. If your ePUB was created elsewhere, we can 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. You 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.

Convert to ePUB (MOBI, AZW, etc.)
Created Elsewhere

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
Created Elsewhere

Price: Variable; Minimum $20

From embedding imagery acceptable to your targeted portal to adding custom fonts and layout attributes, we can (re)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.