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Firebrand Technologies is a software and technology service company for the book publishing industry. Firebrands wear many hats, are not afraid to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty, and embrace the never-ending technical challenges in the book industry with enthusiasm and a sense of mission.

Unfortunately, we do not offer relocation benefits, or sponsor visas. US citizens and Green Card Holders and those authorized to work in the US are encouraged to apply, but we are unable to sponsor H1b candidates at this time.

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eBook Quality Czar

Our eBook development team works hard to craft beautiful eBooks, and our clients expect high quality. Your job will be to check our files and catch quality issues before they reach the client. This requires an eye for detail and a desire to see only the best eBook files sent to our clients. The work includes:

  • making sure the final product matches the client’s source document as closely as possible
  • testing links, images, video, and audio to make sure the content is correctly sized, of the highest quality, and/or plays correctly on devices
  • verifying that metadata is correct and that each eBook file is valid

In addition to QA responsibilities, you will provide amazing customer service to our clients by handling their revision requests and answering their questions (by phone, email, etc.) about their completed eBook files. This requires a solid knowledge of eBook reading systems’ capabilities and limitations, as well as the ability to communicate these to clients. Technical proficiency will be imperative for this part of your job, which can take as much as 50% of your day.

EDUCATION:
Required: High school graduate or equivalent.

EXPERIENCE:
Required: Proven ability to manage project timelines and assets, with at least 6 months experience. Must be familiar with common business practices and able to communicate effectively and professionally both verbally and in written form.

Preferred: Four years business experience including advanced independent responsibilities. Familiarity with the eBook industry in general. Outstanding service mentality.

OTHER:
Required: Must pass pre-employment skills test. Must be proficient with Windows computer systems, FTP clients, Microsoft Office, and technology in general.

Preferred: We appreciate passion for eBooks and publishing in general. If you are a self-motivated ninja rockstar that kills any would-be problem that comes your way, we have a katana and a desk for you.

LOCATION:
We prefer to hire team members to work in our office in Austin, Texas. However, we are open to the possibility of remote work for the right individual.

SALARY: $30,000 per year, plus benefits

This is a FULL TIME position, 9-5 CT, M-F.

Interested? Send your resume, a cover letter, and the reason we should consider you above every other applicant to jobs@ebookarchitects.com.

FAQs

Is it a good idea to put my Table of contents at the end of my eBook?

Some people do this to increase the size of the free samples automatically generated by the eBook retailers. However, the Kindle and other devices will re-set the “last read location” to the end of the book if you have your Table of Contents there, so we normally recommend against that practice.

What is the difference between HTML5 and XHTML5?

HTML5 is the latest version of the HTML standard used on the Web and in eBooks. XHTML5 is a stricter and cleaner version of HTML5, with rules from XML imposed on the code. For example, when a tag is opened it has to be closed, and all of the tags have to be properly nested. XHTML5 allows the code to be more easily interpreted by the display engine, and it keeps the code more consistent and easier to edit.

I have heard you can’t use color in eBooks. Is that correct?

No, that is absolutely incorrect. eBooks look great with color, and we highly recommend using color images and even colored text (within reason) in your eBook files. Some devices have grayscale eInk screens, so the color will not show up on those devices. However, the color will be in the file, and it will work on all of the color devices. We do recommend you test colored text on a device with an eInk screen and ensure that the text will not be too light to read.

Do you need to have a separate ISBN for each version of the eBook for different companies?

Technically, yes. See an extended answer on our ISBNs page.

What is KindleGen?

KindleGen is Amazon’s eBook creation/compiling program. It is used on the KDP website to auto-convert files uploaded into the Kindle store, and it is also integrated into the Kindle Previewer program to handle the conversion of non-Kindle files loaded in that program. You can download KindleGen and get access to other Kindle creation information at amazon.com/kindlepublishing.

What is a fixed layout eBook?

Fixed Layout eBooks are HTML-based eBook files that are usually designed to match the layout of a print book. The key difference between fixed layout files and reflowable files is that reflowable eBooks allow the reader to have more control over the reading experience, such as changing the font size, background color, etc. For more information, please see our Fixed Layout Children’s and Non-Fiction pages.

Does Amazon sell HTML files or only Kindle?

Amazon only sells eBooks in the Kindle format, but that format, just like ePub, is built using HTML and CSS files.

How is fixed layout different from a pdf of the book?

Fixed layout eBooks are built using HTML, so they have more functionality than PDF files. For example, the narration overlay functionality used in many children’s eBooks is not possible in PDF files. In addition, none of the eBook retailers sell PDFs, so fixed layout eBook files offer the best sales opportunities.

A university librarian told me they are not acquiring any Kindle books but only HTML5/ePub. Have you found that to be common with other libraries? I know our local public library does buy Kindle books.

Libraries acquire their eBooks from services like 3M and Overdrive. These services sometimes offer an option for Kindle checkouts, but typically they are limited to ePub files because of the more common use of the Adobe DRM.

Has the Kindle format gotten any more sophisticated in how it handles tables or floating images?

Yes, Amazon’s Kindle Format 8 has support for many great design features, including floating images, tables, color text, embedded fonts, and more.

Do the eBook files you create include a linked Table of Contents?

Yes, all of our files include the proper linking for the Table of Contents, index, and other elements.

How are page numbers handled in an eBook?

Print book page numbers are included in the HTML code of both the Kindle and ePub formats as anchors. They are also listed in the PageList section of the NCX or Navigation file. The PageList is used by some reading systems (like the Kindle and iBooks) to show the reader the print page numbers of the book as they read.

How are page headers created in eBook files?

The different reading systems control what shows up in the header of your eBook. Most will display the title of the book, and some will also display the author name. That text cannot currently be set to display the chapter name or other information about where the reader is currently reading in the text.

How do eBooks handle hyphenation of long words?

Some eBook reading systems will apply hyphenation to longer words to make the text better fit on the screen. This is typically controlled by the reading system, and will change depending on the font size and other settings the reader has set on their device.

What about protecting the file?

eBook file protection is called Digital Rights Management (DRM). Please see our DRM page for information on how it works and suggestions on how to use it.

Do you build websites?

No, eBook Architects does not currently build websites. We recommend you contact a local website design company or use a service like Squarespace.

Can I sell my eBooks on my own website?

Yes! You are certainly able to sell your eBooks on your own website. For more information, please see this page.

Should I have you create a Web PDF of my book?

For online viewing, there is no a system that can read a PDF that cannot also read an eBook. While we do offer PDF creation services, we do not create these files in-house, but rather outsource the work to an overseas vendor. The turnaround is about a week, and before they start, we will need to know the specifications you need to PDF to match. The flat fee for any PDF is $150.00, but most of our clients end up not needing it.