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Why and what is print on demand?

Print on demand essentially means that when you make an order the your book is created according to the exact number of copies ordered and then with 3 to 5 working days the book or books are dispatched to your home address. This method of print and delivery is completely safe and your details are kept private and confidential.

Print on demand is an efficient way of distributing printed books and calendars and also is an enviormentally sound way of publishing. The books or other media are produced only at the time of purchase. Traditional publishers usually print thousands of copies all at once. Although this costs less per copy, it requires a large publishing company that can pay for and store all that merchandise.

Want to know how print on demand benefits the environment? Then check out this article on the Lulu blog: Saving Mother Earth by Using Print on Demand.

 

Normally I would go to a bookshop and read a book before making a final decision to purchase. Can I still do this with Print on Demand?

Yes we always make sure that you have the best possible view of the book that you are going to buy and have recreated a way for the prospective purchaser to essentially 'flick' through the pages of your book here on line. However, it is important to make sure that the most relevant pages are presented in order the enable the prospective purchaser to be able to relate to the content within a relatively short space of time.

For example, some people will walk around the bookshop and look at a number of books and then return to one that they opened and was reading earlier. We try to make sure that the person sees the link to content early so that they know how this is the book for them.

Why are there different versions of E-books?

The reason is that Amazon operates a Kindle device whereas other Ebook purchase and download services operate using a standard E Pub version. What this means in practice is that if you have a Kindle device then you would download from Amazon and if you have another e book reader you can purchase and download from other providers.

Please note; that you may need install the App which enables you to be able to comfortably read ebooks on your device and if you visit your App provider you will be able to easily find and download for free the appropriate App.

 

 

E- B o o k   C o n v e r s i o n   S e r v i c e s

We are currently up-dating this section of the website and all will be complete by the end of December 2012.

We offer eBook conversion services to take your book into the future. Get your book ready for the iPad/iBookstore* and other eReaders with our ePub conversion service. Based on your page count, please select the appropriate service.

1. Tagging and linking of the Table of Contents. (TOC)
2. Proofing of the illustrations to make sure they're resized properly
3. Removal of the original page numbers and page headers (to prevent them from appearing in the middle of the page)
4. Re-flowing of the text by chapter and re-pagination of the entire book

Here is what's NOT included in our ePub Conversion Service:

We will not proof or correct the manuscript file. This conversion service does not guarantee your book will look exactly as the printed version or PDF. If publishers are not sure they have formatted their original files properly, they should consider our professional formatting services. The formatting of the original file is critical to the outcome of the ePub conversion.


Can any type of book be converted to the ePub file format?

When you convert a book to ePub, the result is a single block of flowable text and images. On eReader devices, a "page" is simply the amount of content that will fit on a single screen, which of course varies depending on the screen size of the device. It is comparable to a Web page. Part of converting to ePub involves removing much of the page-based formatting (page numbers, headers and footers, page breaks, etc.) that are not relevant in the eReading context.

This means books that are largely text-based are best suited for conversion to ePub format. Books that contain lots of charts, formulas, tables, and images can be converted, but the process will take longer, is more expensive, and may not yield optimal results (i.e. large tables and images that fit on a printed page might be broken across screens on a small mobile device). Any book can be converted to ePub format, but text-based books work best!

 

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