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Multi-platform Digital Publishing market comparisonMute Publishing - Simon Worthington simon@metamute.org
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CompanyOverviewAutomated service?Conversion service?Distribution service?File format produced?Can it be distributed on Android eReaders?** (ie: it produces epub files)Convert files from Google docs?Do you get a copy of the filesHow much does this cost?Can you upload your file via their website and then you get an e-book book that works on Android?Do they check your file manually and at what stage - ie when you upload it, or when converted (assuming there will be problems)Given the fact that everybody formats differently and uses less or more pictures there needs to be some form of quality control of either the input file, or output (or both) - who does this? The customer, some human, or a machine, or a mixture?
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Conversion services
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AUK – Andrews UK http://andrewsuk.comThis is a conversion AND distribution service. It is a complete package. As a publisher you can provide book content and have an ebook made then it is also distributed through them for 50%. Or you can supply a 'print ready' file that is converted and distributed for 20%. This is manual service and all books are taken on a case by case basis. NoYesYesepubYesFrom InDesign, Quarkpress and WordYes, but for personal use only, you cannot distribute outside of their serviceNo money up front, no monthly fee but they do take 50/20% on sales depending on whether you want your book formatted or you are providing a 'print ready' file. No, firstly it's not an automated service and so you have to contact an individual within the company, secondly they distribute for you and so you don't get files to distribute.Books taken on a case by case basis. Files are checked before conversion to assess if their suitableIndividual staff member during conversion
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EasyPub from EasyPress http://www.easypress.com/EasyPub is predominantely an IT software company that happens to specialise in publishing software. They are an automatic conversion platform and they can do distriubtion but mostly choose not to. They provide files in .epub formats that work with most eReader devices and Android. They work from InDesign and Quarkpress files only. YesYesNoepubYesFrom InDesign, Quarkpress and WordYes, all copiesMonthly subscription or pay-per-book service contractYes they provide .epub files that work on everything except Amazon/Kindle, for that you can get an .azwNo, machine based. Can request an initial check when using the system for the first timeMachine based
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Stilo http://stilo.com/migrate Converts content into high quality XML and then into .epub format. Alternatively you can create low-cost, easier to do and therefore simply designed .epubs straight away with InDesign, Quarkpress and .docs like with EasyPub aboveYesYesNoepubYesFrom InDesign, Quarkpress and WordYesPay as you go YesMachine basedMachine based but you have access to a rules editor to make adjustments
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Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) http://kdp.amazon.com/Amazon's own conversion and publishing service for the Kindle platform. This is a manual operation originating in .docs then using Mobi.Pocket for Windows and Kindlegen for Mac OSX to convert files to XML in a .prc format that will be stored on the platform for publishing through KindleNoYesOnly to Amazon KindleprcYes, only via Kindle app From Word or direct from HTML web contentNoAmazon take a 35-70% chunk of your sales for distributionNo, Kindle keeps the file for distribution to their platform. Technically, you can read your file on an android through a Kindle app.You do it manuallyYou do it manually both before and after conversion to XML
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Smashwords http://www.smashwords.com/ Conversion and central distribution service to numerous platforms. Very crude but free to low cost, time consuming and error prone conversion, 2/3 months for distro approvalNoYesYesepub, prc, pdfYesFrom WordNoFree to convert, then authors receive 60-85% of sales depending on if it is sold direct or through a retailerNo, Smashwords distributes for youYou do it manuallyYou do it manually. Problem when distributing to several platforms is that the service doesn't translate perfectly and you can't manually edit your file for each platform, you only have a master copy.
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Booki http://download.booki.cc/Online collaborative book - wiki editor - writing tool. Files can be outputted as .pdf for POD and eBook creation.NoYesNopdfYesNoYesFreeYes, or you create the text in the provided editor and output to .pdf that can be viewed on an eReader.You do itIt's a limited tool for formatting and you do all the edits
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Web POD and eBook creation services
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NB: Some of these are POD services that produce 'print ready' PDFs they do not style themselves as a conversion or eBook distribution service
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Book 1 One (US) http://www.book1one.com/POD publishing only no eBooks-----------
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Brio (US) http://www.brioprint.com/POD and eBook self publishing(need registration to get estimate)
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Dog Ear (US) http://dogearpublishing.net/pricing.aspxPOD publishing only no eBooks-------Basic package from $1099.  Inclusion in Google Book Search---
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Infinity (US) http://www.infinitypublishing.com/book-publishing-services/book-publishing-services.htmlPOD and eBook self publishingNoYesYespdfYes??$199 set up fee then 70% of sales thereafter?Individual member of staffIndividual member of staff
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Instant publisher (US) http://www.instantpublisher.com/POD publishing only no eBooks-----------
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Iuniverse (US) http://www.iuniverse.com/Packages/PackageCompare.aspxPOD and eBook end-to-end service. Multi-channel distribution. Digital books are add-on service for their print publishing and cannot be purchased separately. All books are manually converted and managed by a team member. NoYesYesepub (and pdf for scribed)YesFrom InDesign or Word?Part of full publishing package and cannot be purchased individually. Starts at $599. Author receives 50% on sales.No, it's a manual production, first via print then via ebookIndividual member of staffIndividual member of staff
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Morris Publishing (US) http://www.morrispublishing.com/POD publishing only no eBooks-----------
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Xlibris (US) http://www2.xlibris.com/contactus.htmlPOD publishing only no eBooks-----------
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Author House http://www.authorhouse.co.uk/Packages/default.aspxPOD and eBook end-to-end service. You have two options for digital books, either as an eBook that they can then distribute out to the major platforms or via an app to the App Store. This is an add-on service for their print publishing and cannot be purchased separately. All books are manually converted and managed by a team member. NoYesYesepub, azwYesFrom InDesign or Word?Part of full publishing package and cannot be purchased individually. Starts at $1,499. No info on author sales %No, it's a manual production, frist via print then via ebookIndividual member of staff. Individual member of staff
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http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/EBook_software#Android
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Android eReaders (Big players) **File format supported
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Kindleazw, mobi, topaz
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Nook (Barnes & Noble)epub, prc
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Sony eReaderepub, pdf
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Bordersepub, prc
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eBooks by Koboepub, prc
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Google Booksgooglebooks
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