E-book Conversion and Distribution: Should You Do This Yourself?

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August 2012
by Adam Salomone

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Now that e-books and digital distribution have become part of the mainstream, publishers have several viable options for conversion and dissemination. What follows explores both these processes, with attention to the pros and cons of handling some tasks in-house vs. hiring vendors.


DIY Conversion and Concurrent Production

Print-book files are most commonly converted to digital files in EPUB format. Many companies have their own flavors of EPUB, with differing DRM and hardware requirements, but they are primarily based on this one file format.

Since the process of e-book conversion is relatively new, it continues to evolve, and trying to master it can be a burden for some publishers. Any burden will be compounded if a publisher needs to convert backlists hundreds of titles long.

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