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The IBPA member benefit

Nord CompoIBPA members receive discounted pre-press services through Nord Compo. There are two levels of service depending on the size of your business.


For IBPA members publishing 1-20 titles per year

Nord Compo has created an online, semi-automated, pre-press services platform exclusively for IBPA members publishing 1 to 20 titles per year. The platform is based on a series of preset interior and cover templates created by experienced book design professionals. Publishers simply load their manuscript as a Word document, select their interior and cover templates, and let Nord Compo do the rest.

For the cover, publishers can supply their own image or choose from more than 500 stock images for the front cover. After receiving the first proof, corrections can be made directly on the platform.

The entire process can be completed in less than two weeks and the final output includes:

  • a x1a PDF interior file, print-ready to Lightning Source specifications;
  • a complete cover file (front cover, back cover, and spine), print-ready to Lightning Source
  • specifications; and
  • a reflowable EPUB file.

Cost Expectations: It will cost $600-$800 to process a typical book (~375,000 characters, narrative text only) through this platform. This includes the interior print-ready file, the full cover file (front, back, and spine), and the reflowable EPUB file.


For IBPA members publishing 20+ titles per year

For mid-sized to large publishers, Nord Compo offers their composition, digital, and editorial services, which are generally 40-50% below freelancer rates. IBPA members receive a 10% discount off Nord Compo's standard rates for pre-press, production, and design services. Make sure to ask for your IBPA member discount when you contact Nord Compo.

Nord Compo offers (1) deep experience in all genres, (2) three-day turnaround on most projects, (3) simultaneous “p” and “e,” and (4) a project manager for every publisher. 
Nord Compo's suite of services include:

  • Design services
    • Custom creation of book covers and interiors
  • Scanning Out of Print (OP) books: via approved vendor Lightning Source
    • 600, 900 DPI
    • Double OCR
    • One-week turnaround
  • Ebook file creation
    • Enhanced ebooks for children’s, scholarly works
    • Apple-approved
  • Read-along picture book file creation
    • Enhanced fixed layout EPUBs with synchronized audio and word-by-word text highlighting

ALREADY AN IBPA MEMBER? Great! Simply log into the "members only" area of the IBPA website to download a current copy of the IBPA Membership Benefits Handbook containing all the information you need to take advantage of each IBPA member benefit.


About Nord Compo

Nord CompoFounded 45 years ago, Nord Compo is a worldwide leader in providing exceptional levels of quality pre-press, digital and design services to book publishers worldwide. With a global workforce of 500 full-time employees, we bring the advantages of leading-edge technology to thousands of publishers, from small businesses to industry giants.


About the Independent Book Publishers Association

IBPA's mission is to lead and serve the independent publishing community through advocacy, education, and tools for success. IBPA's vision is a world where every independent publisher has the tools and knowledge needed to professionally engage in all aspects of the publishing industry.

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