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W3X XHTML

The XHTML and CSS
code that we implement in
creating each of our
clients' ebooks is
independently checked
and verified by the W3C as being fully compliant


W3 XHTML

Operating Systems

We guarantee that our conversions are 100% compatible with the major operating systems used
by desktop and laptop
computers and mobile
devices

FREE SAMPLES

Please accept a free
sample of the ebooks we can
produce, in the form of this new edition of Mathilda -
a dark and much overlooked workl by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, the creator of
Frankenstein.
Click here to download the
Kindle version and
click here to download the
ePub version.

Overview of ebook
production and publishing

All the ebooks we produce can, according to the format you choose, be read on dedicated ereaders such as Kindles; Kindle Fire tablets; Kobo ereaders, Apple and Android smartphones, phablets and tablets (whichever operating system they use); BlackBerry phones and Windows Phone 7; and on laptop and desktop PCs (Windows or Linux) and Macs (OSX) using the appropriate ereader app.


Production, compliance and testing

In the early days of ebooks technical compliance was minimal, so it was just about workable to create them using HTML or even raw text files. But today's dedicated ereaders, phones, tablets and apps, with their greatly increased functionality, require more sophisticated mastering techniques.


We hand code every ebook we produce, in the form of HTML5 and CSS scripts that are themselves independently tested and passed by the W3C. In final testing of the compiled ebook, we utilize exclusively Amazon's own verification software for Kindle and Kindle tablet titles and, for ePub titles, the code and structure set by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), which defines the protocols for epub-format ebooks to observed world wide.


By way of a further check, the integrity of our epub conversions for the Apple iBookstore are individually checked and approved for quality assurance by Apple before being offered for sale by their 51 territory-specific iBookstores.


Where a client requires more than one of the three versions that we can produce (Kindle, ePub and POD paperback), they are separately created. We never resort to shortcuts such as using cross-platform conversion software to produce, for example, an epub edition of a Kindle master or vice versa. That way, our clients can be certain that their ebooks comply 100% with the discrete ereader devices and apps for which they are intended.


The value of an ISBN
Although neither Amazon, iTunes nor Kobo Books require each format of an ebook uploaded to those vendors to have its own ISBN, all the other leading online ebookstores do so. In addition, the Dublin Core meta data that forms part of every ebook makes specific provision for a unique identifier. Our parter trade distributor, Gardners Books, and the Nielsen BookData and Bowker Global databases will not accept titles without client-registered ISBNs. The provision of an ISBN to Kindle-format and epub-format ebooks is included in our fees, though a client may of course apply their own ISBN if they wish.

 

Free proofs to view and correct
We welcome author involvement at every stage. That includes the provision both of reading proofs and actual ebook proofs to allow corrections or amendments.
We accept and implement without charge author amendments or corrections to reading proofs representing up to 4% of a manuscript's total word count. That way, our clients have full control over and final approval of the version that is finally produced and uploaded.




Author's Guide

FREE GUIDE
NOW AVAILABLE

Our free author's guide
to self-publishing ebooks, and print-on-demand
paperback and hardback

books, has now been
published. To obtain a copy, enter your email address
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The guide is also available
as a 124-page not-for-profit paperback, price
£3.49, from
Amazon.co.uk

Nielsen
Our clients' ebooks
can be assigned a unique
ISBN identifier issued by the official licensing
authority. They may also
be registered with the Nielsen BookData database, which serves booksellers and
libraries in more than
100 countries.

Bowker
Our clients' ebooks
are registered with the BowkerGlobal database,
which serves more
than 100 countries.

idpf
Our Kindle and ePub-
format ebook conversions
conform 100% to the official coding protocols specified by Amazon and the International Digital
Publishing Forum
respectively.

UJ
We are a London firm
and all work is produced
in-house. To ensure confidentiality and consistency, we do not outsource coding or
other work to
third
parties in the UK or overseas.


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receive a free copy of
our author's guide to self-publishing ebooks and print-on-demand books,
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