Ebook Publishing Service

We work with authors and small presses to format and convert books into ebooks, and distribute them to all the major ebook retailers and library distribution outlets.

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Ebook Formatting.

We convert your document to an editable source if necessary, adjust the layout for an e-reading device, link the contents, and more. This is an important step that determines the overall quality of your ebook. We can take care of your cover design, as well.

Ebook Conversion.

We convert your file into the multiple ebook formats (.epub, .mobi, and .pdf) accepted by the retailers. We check your converted ebook for quality by opening your ebook on ebook reader simulators to ensure the converted files look great.

Ebook Distribution.

Your ebook will be sold in the online stores that currently account for over 98% of all ebooks sold*. We pay you monthly for all your sales. Our fee is just 15% of the NET payment. There are NO MONTHLY FEES. In case you missed that last part, there are NO MONTHLY FEES!

Frequently Asked Questions

Ebook Publishing

No. 100% of all of our formatting and conversion is done in-house, using a combination of commercial software, our own custom software, and a lot of manual work to ensure we get as close to perfection as practical.

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We do provide you with an ISBN, if you don't have one, with our ebook distribution service. If you are using your own ISBN, it must be a 13 digit ISBN, and it must be unique for the ebook version (only one ISBN is necessary no matter how many different ebook formats, e.g., .pdf, .epub, .mobi).

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You can opt out of any of the retailers that are in bold the list above (the major retailers) or opt out of all of the retailers that are not in bold. You specify this in the project form.

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The first step in the ebook publishing process is getting your document prepared for ebook conversion. We convert your document to an editable source if necessary, remove page numbers, set margins, rethink the layout for an e-reading device, link the table of contents, and more. This is an important step that determines the overall quality of your ebook. Converting a document into an ebook requires manual editing and formatting to make it function properly and look great. Automated conversions are frequently poorly done and lead to bad reader reviews and poor sales. Our team of local experts will do our best to ensure that doesn't happen to your book.

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The second step in the ebook publishing process is converting your file into the multiple valid ebook formats (.epub, .mobi, and .pdf) accepted by the retailers (if you already have a converted and validated .epub file ready for distribution, you pay a one-time fee of just $45 for the submission and distribution of the file). We check your converted ebook for quality. You can always use an extra set of eyes looking over your book before it is published. While we convert your book, we correct any obvious errors we see along the way. When the files are converted, we open your ebook on ebook reader simulators to ensure the converted files look professional.

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The third step of the ebook publishing process is getting your book out there where readers can easily find it. Through our major online book retailer and library partners and our relationship with Ingram Digital, your ebook will be sold in the online stores that currently account for over 98% of all ebooks sold* (see the question "Who are your retail and library partners?").

* We can guarantee that your book(s) will be submitted to and made available to all these retailers, but it remains at the retailer's discretion which books they choose to carry. Virtually all the retailers, especially the major ones are not selective but some are.

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For ebooks, we can usually have the book ready for your approval within 3 business days. Add a day for distribution, and your book can be available in most major online bookstores within a week. Each retailer has a different timeline for how quickly books tend to become available for sale on their sites after we submit to them:

  • Amazon (Kindle): Expected to be available at http://www.amazon.com within 24-72 hours.
  • iBookstore (iPad/iPhone): Expected to be available within 3-4 weeks (recently, Apple iBookstore has been getting books listed within a few days!)
  • Kobo: Expected to be available at http://www.kobobooks.com within 2-3 weeks.
  • Barnes and Noble (Nook): Expected to be available on http://www.bn.com within 24-72 hours.
  • Baker and Taylor: Expected to be available through their distribution network within 2-3 weeks.
  • Google ebookstore: Expected to be available on https://play.google.com/store/books within 2-3 weeks.
  • Ingram Digital: Expected to be made available to their network of ebook retailers within 1-2 weeks.
  • eBookIt Bookstore: Within an hour.

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The vast majority of ebooks on the market use the standard or what is sometimes referred to as reflowable format. This includes your basic .epub and .mobi files—the two formats that currently dominate the ebook universe. This format gives control to the reader and their device in how they want the text displayed (i.e., background color, font, font size, etc.). It is ideal for most titles that comprise mostly text or even include images where the placement of the image just appear before or after the text (the text is not part of the image). This format is accepted virtually everywhere ebooks are distributed and compatible with virtually all ebook readers. At eBookIt.com, we just need to convert the book one time and from there we export it to .epub, .pdf, and .mobi, which means one inexpensive conversion and your book can be available on virtually every device.


This is an example of a reflowable or standard epub. Notice the standard text that can be resized.

There are some books that simply don't work well or don't work at all in these standard ebook formats. Books where the text is superimposed on the images, books where the text needs to be in multiple columns, books where the text cannot reflow but the size and position must remain constant, and books where the images that need to bleed to the edge and span multiple pages. Some examples of these books may include:

  • Children's books (image heavy)
  • Graphic novels
  • Photo essays (coffee table books)
  • Textbooks with formulas
  • Comic books
  • and other books with similar requirements

Here is an example of a fixed-layout, where the placement of the image will remain the same in comparison to the text, no matter what the device or orientation.

These books look best using a fixed-layout. With a fixed-layout, the author has complete control over how they wants their book to look. These books also use the extensions .epub and .mobi (which is confusing) but will only display on devices that support the fixed layout, which at this time (May 2016), is still quite limited given the total number of devices available. In addition, only some of the major retailers support this format (Amazon, Apple, Google, Kobo) whereas the others do not. Unlike the process of creating a standard ebook, the process for creating a fixed-layout is far more complex. This is because the major retailers have their own software to create and compile a fixed-layout ebook (with the exception of a few that do support the standard ePub 3 formats). Very often, the cost of creating a fixed-layout book does not justify the expense (but not always...).

Which format makes more sense for my book?

As mentioned, for the vast majority of books the standard format is ideal. This is a good thing because it is inexpensive to convert and the book has the widest possible distribution and reach. But some authors will have a choice to make: 1) allow for some stylistic adjustments in order to use the standard format, 2) use the fixed-layout, or 3) a combination of both. Which direction you choose is based on many factors including your source files, your specific book/genre, your budget, and more. If you have a book that might work better as fixed layout, discuss these options with your eBookIt.com project manager.

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If you are publisher with fewer than 10 titles, many of the retailers will not work with you directly—they will refer you to someone like (in many case, literally us!).

If you are publisher with fewer than about 50 titles, the learning curve and paperwork needed to establish the relationships with the vendors can be more trouble than it is worth, and take much your valuable time.

If you are a publisher with more than 50 titles, distributing and maintaining many titles with several vendors, can be a full-time job. We have closer relationships with our vendors and very efficient processes in place that allow us to do this in less time.

No matter what size publisher you are, you can certainly benefit from our distribution services.

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It is always best for us to convert from a source file, like .doc, .docx, .pages, .rtf, or even .odt file rather than a .pdf file; however, a .pdf will certainly do if nothing else is available. With a pdf file, there are some things to consider:

  • We might need to charge a bit more. There are NO automatic PDF to source converters that do a decent job. In fact, most conversions require hours of manual fixes. Time is money.
  • PDF conversions will require more careful proof reading. Due to the process of converting a PDF, words may break in odd places, lose capitalization or lose hyphens. Most PDF conversions have very few problems, but some result in many errors based on how the PDF was created. We will let you know if a word for word proofing will be necessary.
  • PDF conversions take a little longer. Normally, we can complete projects within 72 hours. PDF conversions can take a few days longer, plus the proofing process takes a bit longer as well.

We can do an amazing job converting your PDF to all major ebook formats, but just keep these points in mind.

Please, whatever you do, do NOT convert the PDF to a Word doc yourself and send us the Word doc! That is a nightmare for us.

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No. Ebooks are unique in that the font size can be adjusted by the reader, and displayed on many different ebook readers, each with its own screen size. This means that the ebook must be fluid and capable of adjusting on the fly. When we do the prep work for your ebook, we need to do the following:

  • Get rid of columns
  • Turn your tables, charts into images
  • Change your table of contents to no longer reference page numbers
  • Exclude any index you might have
  • Change all floating images to inline images, which might change the way they are displayed.
  • Remove all background images / paper styles
  • Remove all headers/footers
  • Remove all footnotes or move footnotes to the back of the book
  • Standardize the fonts
  • Remove all page numbers


Your file will not look exactly the same, but we will do the best we can to keep the original look and feel while making a properly formatted ebook. If you need your ebook to look just like the PDF, we can do a fixed-layout ebook.

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This information is accurate as of December 15, 2018. Although some retailers take more than others, it is strongly suggested that you do not opt out of any retailer because of their take. For example, Amazon takes a whopping 65% for books priced OVER $9.99 and less than $2.99 (otherwise they give a generous 70%!), but they have the best distribution.

  • iBookstore (Apple): 30%
  • Amazon: 30% or 65%. 30% is the RETAILER'S SHARE if your book's retail price is between $2.99 - $9.99. For retail price below $2.99 or over $9.99, RETAILER'S SHARE is 65%.*
  • Barnes & Noble: 35% or 60%. For ebooks with a retail price at or between $2.99 and $9.99, 35% is B&N's share.
    For eBooks with a retail price at or below $2.98 or at or greater than $10.00, 60% is B&N's share.
  • Kobo: 45%. This varies slightly based on country/currency in which the book is sold.
  • Google: 48.05%. Retailer's approximate share.
  • eBookIt.com: 25%. For any priced book. The best place to send potential readers of your book
  • Baker and Taylor: 55%. For books sold. B&T also rents books and has a varying payment schedule for rentals.
  • All Others: 55%.


eBookIt.com keeps 15% of the NET profit from the books. So for example, let's say your book sells for $9.99 at Amazon, and qualifies for the 70% royalty. Amazon would pay eBookIt.com $6.99; eBookIt.com retains $1.05, and pays the author $5.94.

If you sell the same book through the sales page for your book at eBookIt.com, you get to keep $7.49, as eBookit.com pays the author 75% (and we don't take 15% on top of that).

Royalties on print books through Lightning Source vary greatly based on may factors such as price, number of pages, size, etc. eBookIt.com keeps 15% like with all other retailers, but LS keeps an extra 5% for distribution charge. This used to be paid for by a yearly $15 charge invoiced to print book clients, which is no longer necessary.

* Amazon Update: If you submit your book to us with a retail price between $2.99-$9.99, we will submit to Amazon with the 70% royalty option. If you request a suggested retail price book of less than $2.99, or over $9.99, we'll select the 35% royalty option. Amazon's policies regarding the different royalty options, and the royalties they will pay in certain situations, are complex. For full details, please see their Sales & Reporting and Royalties FAQ.

Note also that Amazon adds a small "delivery" fee to books receiving the 70% royalty based on the file size. (See the second column of "Section C" on this chart details).

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Each retailer has a different policy. Our retail partner's policies are as follows (all prices in USD - this is accurate as of August 2010):

Google: min: .99 max: none
iBookstore: min: .99 max: 39.99
Amazon: min: .99 max: none
Barnes and Noble: min: .99 max: 199.00
Kobo: min: .99 max: 12.99
Ingram Digital: min: .99 max: none

* eBookIt.com now offers an option for distribution of free ebooks. We will make your book free for all the retailer's that accept free books and for those that don't the book will be priced at .99. Books priced unreasonably high will be questioned by us and my be rejected.

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Recall that the epub format is reflowable and adjustable by the reader. So if they want the font bigger, they make it bigger. If they want to read the book on their mobile device, then the book might look radically different. This open poses a problem from poetry where the formatting of each line matters.

We follow the standard recommendation when formatting poetry, which is indenting the line if it wraps on smaller devices. Keep in mind that most people don't read books on small mobile devices, so this only applies to a handful of readers. See the examples below.

Here is a page of poetry as it looks on a regular epub reader:

Here is what it looks like on a mobile device or if the font is enlarged:

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If you are a non-US individual, we will need a W-8BEN. (If you are not an individual, but an organization, you'd need to complete the W-8BEN-E). And yes, there is now an option to provide your "foreign tax id" on the form (tax number issued by your government) instead of an ITIN / EIN. If you have any other questions about the form or your specific situation, or if you'd like a copy of the form and instructions, feel free to email us publishing at ebookit dot com. 

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YES! Just opt out of the retailer(s) your book has already been distributed with so we don't send a duplicate.

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For the most part, there is no difference. Either way, you still own your content, there are no exclusivity rights, and we still just keep 15% of the NET amount paid to you by the retailer. The differences are:

  • Those who use eBookit.com as their "distributor" already have unique ISBN numbers for their .epub files, so we do not provide them.
  • When listed with the retailers, you/your publisher is listed as the publisher, not eBookIt.com.


Since the cost of obtaining your own ISBN numbers is currently over $100, it makes little sense to do buy the ISBN's yourself and choose to be your own publisher if you have just one or two books.

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The simplest and cheapest solution is to provide a hyperlink to the video hosted somewhere on the web (such as YouTube) instead of actually embedding the video. This is because you want the ebook to have maximum exposure, and you don't want the book to be rejected from top retailers because of the interactive components.

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Yes, you can use your own publishing company as the publisher / imprint. In order to do that, you'd need to provide a ISBN. (Must be a unique ISBN, registered specifically to the ePub edition of the book that you're distributing through us). You can list the publisher name in the General Book Information section of the project page, and list the ISBN (number only, no dashes) in the Ebook Information section.

If your question pertains to a print book, it's the same situation, except the ISBN should be specific to the print edition, and should be listed in the corresponding print (hardcover or paperback) section of the project page. 

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  • Amazon: mobi,kpf (fixed-layout)
  • Apple/iTunes: epub, fixed-layout epub
  • Barnes and Noble: epub (must be less than 20 megs)
  • Ingram: epub, pdf (many vendors accept fixed-layout epub)
  • Kobo: epub, fixed-layout epub, pdf (files limited to 100 megs)
  • Google Play: epub, fixed-layout epub, pdf
  • Scribd: epub, fixed-layout epub, pdf
  • EbookIt.com Bookstore: epub, fixed-layout epub, mobi,kpf (fixed-layout), pdf

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In order to provide a better customer buying experience, our policy is to not publish undifferentiated versions of public domain titles where a free version is available in our store. We consider works to be differentiated when one or more of the following criteria are met: • (Translated) - A unique translation • (Annotated) - Contains annotations (unique, hand-crafted additional content including study guides, literary critiques, detailed biographies, or detailed historical context) • (Illustrated) - Includes 10 or more unique illustrations relevant to the book. Books that meet this criteria must include (Translated), (Annotated), or (Illustrated) in the title field. While it's possible that other features may make books unique, we consider only public domain titles with the criteria noted above to be differentiated. Examples of some features we do not consider to be differentiated include a linked table of contents, formatting improvements, collections, sales rank, price, and freely available Internet content. 

Please also be aware that Amazon does not offer the 70% royalty option on public domain ebooks. (The 35% royalty would apply instead).

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Each retailer is different. Here is a list of our major retailers and what languages they accept:

  • Amazon: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish
  • iBookstore: English, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Flemish, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish
  • Barnes & Noble: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Latin, and Dutch
    Kobo: English
  • Lightning Source: virtually all languages

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Ideally,

  • 1659px or wider (1400px minimum)
  • 2500px or taller (2000px minimum)
  • RGB 24 bit color
  • 144 dpi/lpi


If the cover is a little smaller, we will enlarge it so it meets the minimum requirements of the retailers. If it is too small, we will either request a larger one or suggest that we create a new one for you.

Also, some programs allow you to adjust the quality of the JPG when saving. Quality should be 90% or higher—otherwise it will not look good enough.

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If you have a book where each page is one big image, with text on the image (popular format for children's books), you have a couple choices.

Choice 1: Make your book ebook friendly.

An "ebook friendly" book is one where the text is separate from the images. The reader chooses how they want to view the text -- the background color, font, and font-size. Your images are then modified to be placed before or after the text. This format will work on all devices. The downside is it will not look exactly like your printed book -- the reader will not get the same experience (different does not necessarily equal worse).

Choice 2: Keep your book all images.

If you feel that the text and images as they are, are vital to your reader's experience, then we can make each page of your ebook one big image. Here is what you need to keep in mind:

  • The text might be unreadable on small, mobile devices -- if the text is small relative to the images
  • An image book will not be as impressive on black and white e-ink readers like the Kindle
  • There will be no chapter linking for .epub version (Kindle will have chapter linking)

Again, we can convert the books either way, but we just want you to carefully consider your options and the possible consequences.

If you choose to go with choice 2, we would need a PDF of your book.

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From Wikipedia:

Digital rights management (DRM) is a term for access control technologies that are used by hardware manufacturers, publishers, copyright holders and individuals to limit the use of digital content and devices. The term is used to describe any technology that inhibits uses of digital content that is not desired or intended by the content provider.

In terms of ebooks, DRM will deter people from sharing your books with others who did not pay for it.

Choosing it or not a personal preference. Some people are very opposed to the whole DRM idea, and for political reasons they choose to not use DRM, and some buyers will not BUY books using DRM. Others don't mind if their books are shared and passed around—it actually might result in more sales. But some believe illegal sharing will result in fewer sales.

In the end, it's up to you. And it probably really doesn't matter all that much.

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Technically, you don't need any. But we will assign one to your book mostly for accounting and internal purposes. It is best just to use ONE ISBN for all your ebook formats (.pdf, .epub, .mobi).

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We do all we can to keep the books at the default price point. But here are some indicators that your book might require extra processing:
Editable Source: .doc, .docx, .odt, .rtf, or .pages files

  • If your book is over 500 pages
  • If your book has more than 50 textboxes
  • If your book has more than 25 tables or graphs that are not images
  • If your book has many foreign characters that will need to be converted into images
  • If your book is multi-column
  • If your book has many callouts

PDF Source

  • If your book is over 500 pages
  • If your book is over 300 pages and mostly dialog
  • If your book has many foreign characters that will need to be converted into images
  • If your book is multi-column
  • If your book has many footnotes
  • If your book is too large (complexity-wise) to export, and must be broken in sections
  • If your book has many callouts
  • If your PDF uses ligatures (e.g., sees "ff" one character, therefore exports as one character)

Example of a nightmare PDF:

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Yes we do! Once you approve the proof, we will convert your ebook to .epub, .mobi, and .pdf. You will then be able to download these files in the client area.

Please note that we do not add any kind of DRM to the files during conversion -- this is added (if desired) during the submission process to retailers.

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Yes we do!

If your epub is valid and passes the standard epub check at https://www.ebookit.com/tools/bp/Bo/eBookIt/epub-validator, then we can distribute your epub to Ingram, Google, iBookstore, Baker and Taylor, Barnes and Noble, eBookIt.com bookstore and Kobo, plus create a .mobi for distribution with Amazon.

  • Important Information
    You must include a cover image that has the title and author name, at least 1400px wide by 2000px tall (or more). We cannot offer cover creation with this option. The cover must be compiled in the epub file itself no larger than 3 million pixels (multiply width and height).
  • We can provide you with an ISBN if you do not have one, only if you are using our distribution services to at least three retailers. It is not necessary to edit the ePub to insert the ISBN. However, if you wish to have it added to your ePub file, you must do that on your own or we can do it for a fee.
  • We cannot guarantee the quality of the mobi conversion, since we did not create the epub.
  • No PDF version is created or distributed.
  • The standard 15% of net sales royalty share applies.

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At eBookIt.com, we do it all for you. The purpose of our business is to make this process as easy as possible. With that said, there are several things you can check to make sure your conversion comes out the way you want it to, as well as save you money. Do read over these FAQs -- you may want to make some changes before submitting your book.

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YES! We provide you with the .pdf, .epub, and .mobi files. If you have your own method to distribute these files and collect payment, you don't need our permission nor do you need to give us anything—you sell them, you keep 100%.

If you don't have the technology (or the patience!) to deal with selling downloads, just link to your eBookIt.com sales page, and keep 75% of the sales revenue.

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* We can guarantee that your book(s) will be submitted to and made available to all these retailers, but it remains at the retailer's discretion which books they choose to carry. Virtually all the retailers, especially the major ones are not selective but some are.