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Comprehensive eBook conversion services are supported. We review each title and define our production plan.

Scanning and OCR processing services are supported to digitize titles that are not available electronically.

We consult with our contacts to plan enhanced and custom eBook requests. Samples are prepared as needed.

All eBook conversions are validated and reviewed using the most current hardware and software.

eBook Conversion Options:


  • From press-ready PDF files
  • From InDesign files
  • From QuarkXPress files
  • From Word files
  • HTML file conversion
  • XML file conversion
  • SGML file conversion

Scanning, when electronic files are not available:

  • Printed book(s) supplied to cut apart for automatic feeding of pages for scanning.
  • Printed book(s) supplied that cannot be cut apart; manual scanning is required.
  • The costs for manual scans are based on the time required for file processing.
  • Automated page-turning scanners are also available.

eBook Complexity

  • Simple: Texts with minimal design elements, subheads, text annotations, extracts, and bulleted lists.
  • Moderate: Titles with extracts, inserts, bulleted lists, simple tables, and an average number of images. Each text element may require modification following the eBook conversion to standardize the file formatting to resemble the text layout.
  • Complex: Texts with extensive annotations; line numbering; sidebars; intricate line spacing; moderate, sophisticated tables; line art or embedded text; significant number of images; and demanding images and landscape spreads.

Linking Options

  • Linking Table of Contents
  • Linking Packages: Internal linking of page references, figure and table callouts, notes, captions, URLS, and other specified needs.
  • Index Linking (One-way links from each index folio; the first page in a range of numbers is linked)

Custom, Enhanced eBook Needs:

  • Utilizing application files for file reworking
  • Reformatting the front matter
  • Reworking the end matter content
  • Repositioning boxed text, figures, and tables above/below paragraph referencing these text elements
  • Linking the Glossary terms
  • Embedding additional elements: audio, video clips, etc.
  • Chunking: The preparation of individual chapters featuring unique eISBN numbers for individual unit sales.
  • Individual chapter production: Draw attention to the content in new or backlisted titles by selling individual chapters in ePDF, ePub, or MobiPocket formats. File conversion is required for ePub and MobiPocket files to prepare individual chunked files.
  • Include the key front and end matter pages to complement each individual chapter and entice readers to consider purchasing the print or eBook title.
  • Add URLs to related titles.

“See Inside” Files:

ePDF files are prepared for potential buyers to preview a title.
Amazon was the first to use this feature to allow potential buyer to preview the table of contents, sample content, and sometimes the index. Many publishers include comparable features on their own websites to promote to the features of their titles. Select 16 or more pages to highlight the text elements. Consider including the Table of Contents, key tables, photos, and the Index to illustrate the text depth.

eBook Sets:

The combining of multiple titles using a unique eISBN to feature related titles, titles by the same author, or titles suggested in a reading list.

  • Select titles to prepare eBook sets in ePub, MobiPocket, and/or ePDF formats.
  • Prepare a cover/screen opener to display the titles included in the eBook Set.
  • Link the title pages in each title to access the titles included.
  • Feature URLs to related titles.
  • Add audio recordings and video clips to enrich each set.