Authors and publishers are typically too busy writing and publishing books to become proficient in eBook creation and optimization. With so many formats and devices available, knowing what to do and how to do it becomes even harder. At eBook Architects, we specialize in handling the eBook creation and design process for you so that you can focus on what you do best, while giving you the creative control you want from the eBook design process.
Our eBook development process is simple:
That’s it! Our development process is designed to be very client-friendly, and our Concourse project management system allows us to keep track of projects and communicate with you easily about the project.
After designing eBooks for many years, one thing we have learned is that there is little or no consistency between the files we get from our clients. Some publishers use InDesign, some use Quark, and some use other print design programs. Authors typically use a word processing program like Microsoft Word, Apple Pages, or Corel WordPerfect. The variation in file types and quality, even from one publisher or author, can be extensive.
In addition to that, the complexity of a book can have a substantial impact on the difficulty of converting it into foundational XHTML and designing it in the eBook formats. Fiction books usually take much less time than non-fiction, but some fiction books are more complex due to formatting irregularities or images.
Our content conversion and eBook design processes take all of these issues into account. We typically ask for Word and PDF files since those are the most common source files our clients have available. However, we can also start with InDesign files and other formats, as well as print books that have no digital file available.
For a more technical description of the files we will need, including details on what we will need for fixed layout and enhanced eBooks, please see our Content Specifications page.