WestBow Press - FAQ Printer and Publishing Style

Printer and Publishing Style FAQ

Is WestBow Press a traditional or non-traditional publisher?
What is Print on Demand publishing?

E-book Digital Formatting & Distribution

What is an e-book reader and how will it benefit me?
Where will my e-book be available?
Why do you create both ePub and Mobi versions of my e-book?
Do I choose how much my e-book costs?
How much royalty do I earn from e-book sales?
When can I expect to see my e-book on a retail site?
Can color books be formatted as e-books?
Will the format of my e-book differ from my print version? 
Will my e-book have an ISBN?
If I request post-publication corrections for my book, will the e-book be updated as well?
Where can I check my e-book sales
Will my e-book be digitally protected?
Why isn't my book in the iBooks Store?

 

Is WestBow Press a traditional or non-traditional publisher?

WestBow Press is a non-traditional, indie publisher. There are many advantages to indie publishing. You remain in complete control of the finished product because you get to decide what text, images, illustrations, fonts, etc. to use in your book. You retain the rights of your manuscript, unlike a traditional publisher. The timeline from start to finish is much quicker than a traditional publisher, which often takes two or more years to complete.

Additionally, you do not need an agent, eating into potential profits, in order to get your manuscript noticed, accepted and published. Also, unlike traditional publishers who only market their most promising titles, we offer marketing materials and promotional services.

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What is Print on Demand publishing?

Print on Demand publishing, or POD, is a method of book printing using digital technology that makes it easy and cost-effective to produce books as they are ordered, either one at a time or in large numbers. Instead of a more traditional mode of printing, which only prints a large number at one time, POD is an "as needed" printer so there are no wasted books and no need to store them. This also means that the book can be available for an extended period of time, instead of the book being "out of print" after one print run.

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E-book Digital Formatting & Distribution

What is an e-book reader and how will it benefit me?

E-book readers are wireless handheld devices capable of downloading an electronic version of a book and making it available for a customer to read anywhere without a physical copy of the book, such the Amazon Kindle or the nook. Formatting physical books into e-books gives you as the author another avenue to connect with readers and give them the book they want in the format they want. Companies like Barnes & Noble and Amazon have the largest e-book stores in the nation giving readers access to hundreds of thousands of books.

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Where will my e-book be available?

There are many retailers on the Internet that sell e-books.  When you publish your e-book with us, readers can download your e-book on the following devices and websites:

  • Amazon Kindle (a wireless reader)
  • Barnes & Noble eReader (an application for iPhone, Blackberry, Windows PC or Mac)
  • The nook (a wireless reader)
  • Google Play Books (customers can buy books through their Google accounts and access them on just about any device with a modern Web browser)
  • Kobo Distribution (a leading global eReading service for smartphones, laptops, eReaders and any other device used for reading digital content)
  • iBooks Store* (Apple's online bookstore available to iPad, iPod touch and iPhone users)

*Apple reserves the right to accept or deny content for availability on 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.  

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Why do you create both ePub and Mobi versions of my e-book?

Different e-readers use different types of files. Amazon’s Kindle series of e-readers use the Mobi format, while many other readers use the ePub file format. This allows for your book to be distributed to and read on a variety of e-readers and tablets (iPad, Google Nexus, etc.). There is little actual difference between the two versions of your e-book but we offer your e-book in the format the vendor requests it in, per the guidelines from that vendor, to cater to as many e-readers as possible.

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Do I choose how much my e-book costs?

We will set the default price ($3.99) of all e-books at our discretion. However, vendors may choose to sell the e-books at a higher or lower price than what we set.

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How much royalty do I earn from e-book sales?

You will receive 50 percent of the net payments received from sale of your e-book. Royalties will not be paid on copies provided free of charge or sold to the author.

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When can I expect to see my e-book on a retail site?

It will take approximately four weeks after your book is printed for your e-book to appear on retail websites.

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Can color books be formatted as e-books?

Yes, as of February 28, 2012, color books can be converted into e-books. This service is now included in every publishing package we offer.

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Will the format of my e-book differ from my print version?

There is a high possibility of this happening. We will strive to keep as much of the original formatting as possible; however, because of the dynamic nature of the e-reader devices, the formatting and fonts in your printed book may be adjusted in the e-book version. Please note that there will be no changes whatsoever to your e-book's content.

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Will my e-book have an ISBN?

Yes, your e-book will have a unique ISBN. This ISBN will be different from the softcover and hardcover versions of your book. However, your e-book's ISBN will not vary between the different e-book formats (such as mobi, epub, PDF).

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If I request post-publication corrections for my book, will the e-book be updated as well?

Yes. All changes and corrections you request for your book, in terms of content, will be implemented on all versions of your book, including the e-book version.  Any non-textual changes are subject to technical limitations and may or may not be applied to the e-book version.  

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Where can I check my e-book sales?

E-book sales and royalties can be tracked through your Author Account, just like the printed version(s). You'll receive a royalty report and payment for all versions of your book (print and electronic) on a quarterly basis, as is described in our Publishing Agreement. For more details about royalties, view our Royalty FAQs

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Will my e-book be digitally protected?

Your e-book is protected by the same laws that protect your printed book.  For details, view our Copyright FAQs.

As for DRM, or Digital Rights Management, it is up to the individual vendor to decide whether or not to further protect your e-book through DRM. 

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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. Apple may choose to deny content from the iBooks Store due to typos in marketing copy (about the book or about the author), poor editing, poor formatting and subject matter.

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