A: Not advisable; it’s very risky. You get what you pay for. Mass conversion programs (“meat-grinders”) often “misinterpret” the intended formatting of a book. Here’s one of thousands of reviews of such an eBook:
“I ordered an eBook that I couldn’t even read because the formatting was so messed up. There was no separation between chapters, the headings were blended into the text, the text flow was unpredictable and the links didn’t work. It was impossible to read; very weird. I requested my money back.”
Hire someone that will “fix” your manuscript (that would be us) for a more successful conversion and beautiful display on a digital book reader. Your ebook designer should also know how to edit HTML code which is necessary to “fix” conversion display issues.
With our expertise and experience, we know that each book needs to be tested on a Kindle, and the HTML code manually tweaked to ensure that it’s accepted by the ebookstore, displays properly, and is a GREAT READ for the reader. If anyone tells you to just upload your pdf or Word doc they are either foolish or dishonest.
A: This depends on the word count in your Word doc, as well as on the complexity of the books style and formatting. Send us an email describing your book, the word count, the number of photos or illustrations, the number of charts or graphs, if it has footnotes or anything else special that we should know. Also, do you have or need cover design. We’ll be happy to give you a quote for our great work!
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What a kick to proofread “Civil War Memorial Quilts” on my Nook. Debbi Stocco did a wonderful job of formatting it, designing the cover and helping me all the technical stuff to get my eBook uploaded and available. I hope it will be on everyone’s Kindle and Nook in a week or two.- Maria Tavy Umhey, Author and Quilter, Civil War Quilts and the Words that Inspired Them