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General Information

What is ePub?
How much does it cost to have my book published in ePub Format?
Does this mean all books will now be ePubs?
What about print-ready titles?
What will be the pricing for the eBook? Do I get to select how much to charge?
What’s the author’s royalty percentage?
Will the price of the eBook sold on Trafford.com have to change?
When will the eBook be submitted to the channel?
How long does it take for books to be posted on retail sites?
How many electronic devices will be allowed to share one file? Can the purchaser make copies?
Will there be an ISBN connected to this format?

Digital Readers

Where will potential customers be able to purchase my book in the digital format?Where will potential customers be able to purchase my book in the digital format?
What is the Amazon Kindle?
How does the partnership with Amazon benefit me, the author?
What is Google Play Books?
What is Rakuten Kobo Books?
What is the Barnes & Noble eReader?
How will I benefit from distribution to Barnes & Noble?
What is the nook?
What is the iBooks Store?
Why isn't my book in the iBooks Store?
What formats does each digital content device accept?
How do I sideload my Mobi e-book file onto my Kindle Fire?

What is ePub?


ePub is the file format your manuscript must be in order for it to be compatible with digital content devices. This allows for your book to be distributed and read on select electronic devices (eReaders).
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How much does it cost to have my book published in ePub Format?


For contracts signed on or after November 2, 2009, the Digital Formatting and Distribution services are included in each black and white package. This service is not available as an add-on to other packages or for previously published books.
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Does this mean all books will now be ePubs?


Yes, all black and white books with contracts signed after November 2, 2009, will have an ePub file so that it can be distributed to the various digital content partners.
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What about print-ready titles?


Text files that have been submitted by the author as print-ready cannot be converted to an ePub file.
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What will be the pricing for the eBook? Do I get to select how much to charge?


All eBooks will have a default price of $3.99. However, if the paperback format of the work has a price less than the default price; the eBook will be sold at the lower price. Additionally, the price can be modified prior to retail channel submission at the author’s request.
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What’s the author’s royalty percentage?


The author receives 50% of the digitalnet payments received from sales of the eBook. Royalties will not be paid on copies provided free of charge or sold to the author. You will always receive 50% of the digitalnet sale when sold. (Therefore, if sold on Trafford.com at $3.99, you will receive $2.00. If sold in the retail channel at $3.99, the channel discount (varies by partner) will be deducted from the sales price and you will receive 50% of what is left.
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Will the price of the eBook sold on Trafford.com have to change?


Yes. The eBook price, regardless of the channel where it is sold, will need to be consistent.
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When will the eBook be submitted to the channel?


When the print edition of the book is made active, we will submit the eBook to the retail channel.
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How long does it take for books to be posted on retail sites?


It will take no more than four weeks for the eBook to appear on all retail sites.
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How many electronic devices will be allowed to share one file? Can the purchaser make copies?


For Barnes & Noble, the eBooks can be loaned to friends for a specific period of time. The purchaser, however, cannot make copies or print the book.
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Will there be an ISBN connected to this format?


Yes. The eBook will have the same ISBN, regardless of the channel of the format it is sold in.
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Digital Readers


Where will potential customers be able to purchase my book in the digital format?


Your digital formatting and distribution of your book will be available on the iBooks Store, Google Play Books, Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble nook™. Read more FAQ below to learn more details about each.

*To meet submission standards, please review your manuscript thoroughly to ensure spelling accuracy and correct rendering of any diacritical mark such as tilde, caret, acute accent, or the like.
Books written in languages other than Spanish or English are not submitted to iBooks Store due to Apple formatting restrictions. We are currently still trying to work with Apple to resolve this issue.

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What is the Amazon Kindle?


The Amazon Kindle is the most popular handheld eReader device on the market. With access to 420, 000 titles from over 100 countries around the globe, and growing, it provides the reader with unlimited choices of literature, at their fingertips, almost anywhere. As a Kindle user, you have access to top magazines and newspapers, as well as audio books. And with the Kindle for PC and Kindle for iPhone apps, you can read Kindle books even if you don’t have your Kindle with you.
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How does the partnership with Amazon Kindle benefit the author?


Trafford's partnership with Kindle is a great opportunity for our authors to offer their digital content through the most popular eReader device in the industry.
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What is Google Play Books?


Google Play Books is a digital distribution platform run by Google that makes it easier for readers and buyers to find and purchase e-books online. They can do so either through their personal computers or digital mobile devices.
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What is Rakuten Kobo Books?


A leading global eReading service for smartphones, laptops, eReaders and any other device used for reading digital content, Rakuten Kobo Inc. provides access of your book’s content (book block and cover) to book enthusiasts from more than 200 countries. Once your book has been digitally formatted, it will be made available for sale on the Rakuten Kobo website. It can then be downloaded to a digital device that allows the buyer to adjust the font size and more for readability.
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What is the Barnes & Noble eReader?


The Barnes & Noble eReader is an application used to read Barnes & Noble eBooks on your iPhone, Blackberry, Windows PC or Mac. Without it, you will not be able to read Barnes & Noble eBooks. Barnes & Noble eBooks are encrypted to protect the authors’ work. Thus, other eBook Readers will not work with Barnes & Noble eBooks. The Barnes & Noble eReader can display styled text (italicized, underlined, etc.) and formatting as well as perform functions not found on other eBook readers. The Barnes & Noble eReader is free to download and is supported on multiple devices.
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How will I benefit from distribution to Barnes & Noble?


Having your book added to the Barnes & Noble eBook store gives the public access to your books through various forms of digital media such as, the nook, PC, and Mac (by downloading the free Barnes & Noble Reader). Barnes & Noble is one of the largest retailers in the country, and having access to their e-store expands distribution opportunities for our author’s books.
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What is the nook?


The nook is Barnes & Noble's digital eReader with access to over 1 million titles.
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What is the iBooks Store?


The AppleiBooks Store* is an eBook store created by Apple. Books can be downloaded toan iPad, iPhone and iPod touch via the iBooks Store.

*To meet submission standards, please review your manuscript thoroughly to ensure spelling accuracy and correct rendering of any diacritical mark such as tilde, caret, acute accent, or the like.
Books written in languages other than Spanish or English are not submitted to iBooks Store due to Apple formatting restrictions. We are currently still trying to work with Apple to resolve this issue.

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Why isn't my book in the iBooks Store?


It can take up to three months for your book to appear in the iBooks Store*. If your book is still not available after that period of time, it is possible that Apple did not accept your content. Reasons that Apple may choose to deny content include typos, poor editing, poor formatting and subject matter.

*Books that use special characters and/or are in foreign languages are not submitted to iBooks Store due to Apple formatting restrictions. We are currently still trying to work with Apple to resolve this issue.
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What formats does each digital content device accept?


Other partners require ePub files. This is why digital formatting and distribution is now included in all of our Black & White publishing packages.
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How do I sideload my Mobi e-book file onto my Kindle Fire?


Sideloading Kindle Fire with access to a computer (easiest):

  1. Using a mini USB to USB cord, connect the Kindle Fire to a computer.
  2. Download the e-book file on your computer.
  3. Using a file explorer program, open up the Kindle (will show as a temporary drive). Also open the folder on the computer with the file.
  4. Drag the e-book file from the computer to the Kindle FireBooks directory.
  5. Follow your computer’s procedure for disconnecting peripheral devices. The book will now be available in the Kindle Fire’s “Books” tab.
Sideloading using only the Kindle Fire:

  1. Download the e-book file to the Kindle Fire using either the browser or via email.
  2. Download and install a file explorer program, such as ES File Explorer from Amazon APP market (it’s free).
  3. Using the file explorer find the book file (it will be in the main Kindle directory) and copy it (press and hold the icon until the sub-menu pops up).
  4. Go to the “Books” folder.
  5. Paste the file (with ES Explorer you will need to select “Operations,” then hit paste).
  6. Power Kindle Fire off and back on.
  7. Book should be in the Books tab.
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