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e-Book Conversion – Self-Publish or Choose a Specialist?

e-Book Conversione-Books have influenced people’s way of reading as well as publishing books to a great extent. Digital books facilitate easy reading and are also less expensive compared to printing hard copy. Printed materials can be converted into widely accepted e-Book formats such as ePub and Kindle.

A number of ebook conversion tools are available for authors and publishers to self publish their works. By self-publishing, authors can take complete control of the project and take pride in their achievement. But will that make a perfect e-Book?

There is a huge difference between the book that is converted by a specialist in the industry and one that is done by a non-specialist using a conversion tool just by clicking a button. Often confusion occurs, whether to self publish or go for a conversion specialist. Make sure to choose an option that will give you the best value in terms of cost and quality output.

Let us check why it is recommended to outsource the ePub conversion task to an expert to produce the best results.

  • Clean coding: When you choose the hard copy and press a “convert” button, a professional eBook developer will convert and then edit the code for semantics, apply clean coding practices, and simplify the CSS style sheet. When using tools, if there is any need to make adjustments to the book, you need to undertake the entire process from scratch, which is time-consuming.
  • Customization: The question here is that – is your eBook customizable? With automated tools, the author will lose the opportunity to customize it, as the result comes in a one size fits all format. Though some tools provide an array of options to customize the digital book, there will be no guarantee that this book will work on all the devices or be accepted by the stores and distributors. The book is also not sure to survive the constantly changing eBook code base.
  • Layout and formatting: Certain conversion tools may not be very helpful with books that have footnotes, block quotes, typography, and any kind of layout and formatting. Besides, you have to spend hours correcting the errors that pop up throughout the process. But a professional conversion specialist will have experience in handling such errors and successfully creating great e-books.

A skilled and expert eBook developer will be able to convert the book into whatever format the author requires and carry out further editing and customization as per request. Reliable document conversion companies will provide the services of these conversion specialists. These companies also follow stringent quality checks to ensure that your digital books are error-free and of high quality.

About Julie Clements

Julie Clements

Joined the MOS team in March of 2008. Julie Clements has background in the healthcare staffing arena; as well as 6 years as Director of Sales and Marketing at a 4 star resort. Julie was instrumental in the creation of the medical record review division (and new web site); and has especially grown this division along with data conversion of all kinds.