eBook Publishing

Q: What is an e-Book? 
A: An e-Book is a digital version of your book that can be read on different types of e-Readers like iPhones, Amazon’s Kindle and Apple’s iPad, etc.

Q: What does it Cost?
A: Most e-Books can be converted and assigned an ISBN for $129.99, unless your particular book requires extra formatting. This usually only applies to very long books or books with a lot of photographs.

Q: What will my Royalties be? 
A: Instantpublisher will offer two variations the yearly listing plan or the per book listing plan.

Royalties for my eBook The Yearly Plan will cost a $50 flat fee per year to list on both Amazon and Itunes.

Royalties for my eBook The Per Book Plan will cost you 10% of your royalties. It is up to you to decide which option will work best for your book.

Keep in mind these are current royalties from Amazon and iTunes and could change. If they make that decision, we will notify all our e-Book sellers. Selling on Amazon, with a standard price range between $2.99 and $9.99, you will receive 70% with the $50 yearly plan or 60% with our per book sold plan of your retail price. Prices outside the standard price range only receive 20% of the retail price on the yearly plan or 10% with the per book plan. So we do recommend staying between the $2.99 and $9.99 prices, unless you are simply trying to distribute the book to as many people as possible.

Q: What is Delivery Cost for Amazon?
A: Amazon charges a $0.15/MB delivery cost based on the file size. For instance, if file is a plain text file at 0.4MB, the delivery cost will be 0.4MB x $0.15 = $0.06. The Amazon delivery cost can only be figured and added to your account when Instantpublisher has the eBook file ready.

Q: Do I need to include a Table of Contents for iTunes?
A: Yes. In Microsoft WORD, please include a Table of Contents for your book. If you want InstantPublisher to create it for you, it costs $5 per chapter. Note, iTunes requires a Table of Contents for your eBook, to be on iTunes.

Q: What is the payment plan for selling on iTunes?
A: InstantPublisher.com will make payments once a quarter when your account reaches $25.00. 

Q: Do you offer Cover Design?
A: Yes, we have 4 cover options:
        1) you can submit your own cover design specifically for your e-Book.
        Cover Size= in Photoshop size (650 x 870pixels) at 72 DPI (resolution);
        Save File as .JPG {Note: For Saving JPG files= FILE>> SAVE FOR WEB>> JPG/High}.

        2) we can pull the cover design from a book you have previously printed with         InstantPublisher.
        3) you can choose one of our stock cover designs and add your name and title.
        4) or we can design your cover for you from scratch for $65. Optimal display size for your cover is (650 x 870pixels).

Q: How long does it take?
A: Most e-Books can be completed in 5 business days; but, custom covers and e-Books requiring special formatting might take a little longer to complete.

Q: What is an ISBN number and do you provide one?
A: ISBN numbers are simply a way to catalog books. Yes, you need an ISBN number and it must be specific to your e-Book. You cannot use your ISBN number from your printed book. InstantPublisher can provide you with one of our ISBN numbers to use or you can supply your own ISBN number with your publishing name if you plan on selling the e-Book yourself.

Q: Will my e-Book look exactly like my printed Book?
A: Currently, this is the most difficult part about e-Book publishing. Being from a printing background, InstantPublisher prefers to set a book up to look correct and remain that way. Unfortunately, the only way to do this for e-Book creation is to actually convert the pages to images.

PDF Method — This method has images only. The downside to this is for small readers, like the iPhone, an 8.5×11 book will appear tiny and cannot be read. This can even be a problem on the Kindle at times, if you take a large book and scale it down to this size. The other way is to import raw text. This is the default way we will create e-Books, simply because it is a more user-friendly platform for the reader, as they are able to blow the text up and manipulate it. Unfortunately, this can wreak havoc on your formatting.

Text Method — This method has text only. *Note, your eBook can include images on the pages if they are formatted correctly. [See Formatting eBooks below.] This is why we offer both types of formatting and let you make the decision. If you have a lot of charts, pictures etc., and if you don’t think your e-Book will be that popular on the smaller screens like the iPhone, then the text conversion method is the way to go. We recommend the text conversion method.

Q: How do I Prepare my file for Submission?
A: InstantPublisher.com prefers a Word file for e-Book publishing. You need to include [page break] before each chapter and anywhere you would like a new page that does not run together.

Document Size= in Microsoft Word (5.5″ width x 8.5″ height)

       Word Template for eBook Download eBook WORD Template

Q: What e-Book file Types do you provide?
A: InstantPublisher will provide both EPUB (native to Apple and most other devices) and the MOBI (native to Amazon Kindle) file types.


eBook Formatting—

Follow four main formatting rules, before you publish your eBook. You must format your Word document correctly, before we publish it. The end result is a downloadable EPUB and MOBI file for the Ipad and Kindle devices.

1) Document Size= in Microsoft Word (5.5″ width x 8.5″ height).

       Word Template for eBook Download eBook WORD Template

2) Cover Size= in Photoshop size (650 x 870pixels) at 72 DPI (resolution);
Save File as .JPG. {Note: For Saving JPG files= FILE>> SAVE FOR WEB>> JPG/High}

3) All Graphics on All Inside Pages (this is optional; and only if you have graphics/pictures on the inside pages)= in Photoshop size (324 x 432pixels) at 72 DPI (resolution); Save File(s) as .JPG {Note: For Saving JPG files= FILE>> SAVE FOR WEB>> JPG/High}

*Note, if you want your graphics/pictures/charts to appear in your eBook, you must resize them in Photoshop or similar editor, then save them and reinsert into Word. Also, in Word please do not wrap text around images. All images should be set “in-line” with text as seen below.

no wrap RULES

*Note, be aware that special symbols may not convert properly to eBook formats (EPUB & MOBI), unless they are characters in a standard font set. For this reason, we ask that you choose a font like Times New Roman for all text and symbols.

4) Page Breaks= in Word please include [page break] before each chapter.
In WORD put your cursor at the end of the last paragraph (after the period), before the next chapter, then go to>> Insert >> Page Break.

Come back for more information on eBooks.

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