How does a book become an eBook, who decides?

Donna Marie Harrison January 31, 2011
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How does a book become an eBook? Who decides which books become eBooks?

  1. Will Radie
    February 6, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    New player to the game:Not a full answer, but a bit more info..

    On Amazon if you come across a book that isnt in ebook form also, they have a link to easily send a message to publishers that you want it in ebook form.

    No proof that this ever works, but why wouldnt it.. providing enough people want a book I would think a publisher would do it. This also suggests that a "grassroots" movement might also work.. get a website going for a particular book or something like that... Who knows?. It might be enough.

  2. Anonymous
    February 1, 2011 at 10:54 am

    You can be your own publisher and propose ebooks
    1) You Can Self-Publish Your Ebook
    You can publish the eBook yourself, compiling the written pages into an eBook, even obtaining an ISBN number, and selling it through your own web site.
    http://www.isbn-international.org/agency
    http://www.isbn.org/standards/home/index.asp

    2. Ebook Publishers
    You can choose an eBook publisher who meets you half way.
    http://www.booklocker.com/
    You have control over the eBook's price. You retain the rights to sell it elsewhere. Royalties are good at up to 70%

    3. Choose a Traditional Publisher
    You could choose an ebook publisher who functions more like a traditional print publisher. They will typically set the price and take a more active role in marketing your book. Depending upon the publisher you may be able to retain the rights to sell your eBook elsewhere.

    How to Create & Publish Your E-Book Using Free Tools
    http://www.scribd.com/doc/19044541/How-to-Create-Publish-Your-EBook-Using-Free-Tools
    http://www.scribd.com

    Take Ebook Payments Online
    1. ClickBank
    2. PayPal
    3. PayLoadz
    PayLoadz integrates beautifully with PayPal's online payment system. Deliver your products to your customers instantly after payment, using a completely automated and secure system. You can recruit affiliates to sell your products too.

    4. Merchant Account
    A merchant account is an account your bank sets up to allow you to accept credit cards online. It can be more costly than the options above, if your volume is low. Please get further details from your bank.

    Build a Web Site for Your Ebook

    How to Create & Publish Your E-Book Using Free Tools
    http://www.scribd.com/doc/19044541/How-to-Create-Publish-Your-EBook-Using-Free-Tools

    • Clown 4u
      February 8, 2011 at 5:36 pm

      Thanks very much for the info. I really appreciate the time and trouble you spent giving me this info.

  3. april bishop
    February 1, 2011 at 5:07 am

    I’ve seen the Read one in a picture in We Heart It. So cool that he does book sculptures!
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  4. FIDELIS
    February 1, 2011 at 1:41 am

    Every Publishing house has a set of rules for what books can/should be converted to ebooks. I would say the editors of the Publishing houses have the say of what books should be converted to ebooks based on what the content is, how interesting they are and the demand.

    • Mike
      February 1, 2011 at 3:18 am

      FIDELIS is correct ~ I kinda missed the actual question (¬_¬)

      It also depends a lot on how tech savvy and online active the people involved are (autor, decision makers).

      In the real world you will often see the situation that a publisher recieves a 500MB Word file [containing the entire book including pictures]. From there it takes about a week to get everything into a usable format (mostly InDesign with EPS Pictures).

      I'll spare you the rest of the workflow ~ the point being autors have little relation to the digital and online world. Pretty much same applies to the decision makers ~ they don't understand the possible market in digital publishing and overestimate the expenses involved.

      The print workflow goes from InDesign to PDF/X to the actual Print.
      With PDF involved you are already midway to eBook ~ that's something most people don't see. They think of it being an entire production with a lot of costs and time involved.

      The same goes for other digital platforms e.g. Web using XML export&import or iPad. Adobe has a complete new toolset for iPad publishing using existing InDesign productions (not sure if they are already released or still beta).

      So going from todays print production into online publishing are one-time-costs you can easily cover with ~ let's say 500 sales and every new production with with ~100 sales.

  5. Mike
    February 1, 2011 at 12:02 am

    An older description as found in the Oxford Dictionary of English defines an eBook as "an electronic version of a printed book".

    As you are probably aware of there are tons of "eBooks" which haven't ever seen a printed version [except if you hit the print button].
    Regarding this I would say an eBook is everything digital that goes beyond a simple guide or short story you would read in a blog ~ having more profoundness, more in-depth.

    From my personal point I would also add that interactivity is a criteria to define something as an eBook like having real clickable hyperlinks to sources and ISBN Sources linking to Amazon or whatever.

    But I guess there is no real standard anymore. You could probably print my post to PDF and call it an eBook :-)

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