Understanding Conversion Rates

Pricing for conversion is based on the complexity and quality of the source file as well as any additional design needs. Price ranges provided below are intended to give an idea of possible rates. 

If you have any questions, feel free to place a ticket in our help desk.



Production timelines

Quotes: 2-3 business days to receive a quote. Quotes not provided for reflowable text EPUBs, as the rates are standard.  If your complexity exceeds that standard rate, you will be quoted the new cost before conversion.

eBook conversion: 5-10 business days after request for reflowable; 5-15 days after quote approval for fixed layout and special content

Print file creation: 7-15 business days upon approval of quote

eBook + Print: 10-15 business days upon approval of quote (eBook is created first, then Print created)

RUSH: 2-3 business days  (eBook + Print additional 4-6 business days)

For all of the above timelines, please consider additional time to account for any required feedback, copy edits, or production questions/issues


eBook conversion

Reflowable EPUB ("all device" EPUB file that is optimized for KindleGen MOBI conversion):

Almost all EPUB files are in the reflowable format. This is the standard format that can be viewed across all eBook reading apps and devices. Reflowable means that the text and all content within your book can be resized and wrapped around to “reflow” into any required size.

Simple, Medium, Complex - $0.35 per page

Note: Enhancements and very complex books will be $.70 per page, and will require client approval.

Add-ons - $0.10 per link, $0.10 per index term, $5 per audio or video file, Tables $2, OCR or text extraction +30%, non-English or special characters +25%, rush +20%


Reflowable Complexity Types:

Simple - Straight forward text-only books without any design elements such as tables, inline images, lists, blocks of text, diverse font formatting, background colors, endnotes, etc.

Medium - Titles containing a maximum of 20% design elements listed above.

Complex - Titles containing a maximum of 40% design elements listed above.

Custom - Titles exceeding Complex type are considered Custom and will be quoted per title.


Fixed Layout eBooks:

Fixed Layout files are needed for all design-heavy books where the layout of each page must be contained in a “fixed layout” for the dimension of each eReader device. If design assistance is required to optimize layouts, a significantly higher per page cost or hourly fee is required.

Note: Enhancements and very complex books may require additional costs:

Fixed layout EPUB 3.0 file - $1.25 to $4.00 per page

Amazon fixed layout MOBI file (includes pop-up text creation) - $1.25 to $3.75 per page

B&N Children’s EPIB files (from PDF files) - $5.00-$15.00 per book depending on page length

Read Along - $0.11 per word to sync text to audio (average children's illustrated book has 1000 words, $110)


Fixed Layout Complexity Types:

Fixed layout files are each unique and require custom quotes. The general rule is the fewer images and text blocks per page, the lower the cost of the conversion. Cookbooks and text books are the most expensive. Simple Children’s picture books with no enhancements are the least expensive. Properly formatted ePDF files are good as-is for distribution to library retailers.


Print and EPUB + Print conversion

Print file typesetting layout:

For print file conversion, a typesetting design is required showing how you would like, for example, your Chapter headings, fonts, and page numbers to appear. You may choose from one of our 10 pre-established designs or create your own custom design. Costs below:

Custom design for a basic, all text typesetting designs (you provide your own design or requirements): $75

INscribe design: FREE, see our collection of layout designs here: Print File Typesetting Designs


Print from EPUB:

Are your titles in EPUB already? With the help of the existing EPUB markup, converting your content from the EPUB file is less costly than from a manuscript in another format.

Type
Simple
Medium
Complex
<100 pages
$60
$70
$90
<150 pages
$90
$105
$135
<200 pages
$120
$140
$180
<250 pages
$150
$175
$225
<300 pages
$180
$210
$270
<350 pages
$210
$245
$315
<400 pages
$240
$280
$360

Image processing fees: Per quote basis


Print and EPUB at the same time: 

You can create your Print and EPUB file at the same time and save money.

We convert WORD or PDF to EPUB and with the help of the EPUB markup, we can output the Print file more efficiently than from WORD or PDF alone.

Type
Simple
Medium
Complex
<100 pages
$95
$120
$165
<150 pages
$143
$180
$248
<200 pages
$190
$240
$330
<250 pages
$238
$300
$413
<300 pages
$285
$360
$495
<350 pages
$333
$420
$578
<400 pages
$380
$480
$660


Print from WORD:

We'll need to markup your WORD doc consistently so the cost is a bit more than from EPUB:

Type
Simple
Medium
<100 pages
$100
$125
<150 pages
$150
$175
<200 pages
$200
$230
<250 pages
$250
$280
<300 pages
$300
$350
<350 pages
$350
$400
<400 pages
$400
$460

Image processing fees: Per quote basis