More on the Book Production Process

More on the Book Production Process

First Steps

After you place your order and upload your source material (Word, Images, PDF) we will create a couple of sample designs within three days of the start of the project.

Validation for all distribution channels

We test the Amazon ePub on all target devices and apps. These include the legacy e-ink kindles, the Kindle Paperwhite, the Kindle Fire and the Kindle Fire HD. We will also check the files on apps including: the Kindle Previewer, the Kindle for PC, the Kindle for Mac, the Kindle for iOS devices and the Kindle for Android devices. The generic ePub file we provide will be ready for upload to Apple's iBookstore, Kobo, Barnes and Noble's Nook Press, and Google's Playstore to name a few.

Composition / Typesetting

From your manuscript we will typeset your book, placing images and creating tables and graphics as required to arrive at a first draft.

Select Style / Design Elements

After consultation we will provide a more polished mockup with your choice of style and design elements, arriving at a template. Based on this we will store a "Rules Sheet" which can be applied to future orders.

Cover Art

We will use the cover material you provide or will create and supply covers for your approval. 

Proofs and Print-ready PDF

You will receive the first proofs for review within a week after the design template is approved. With your feedback and corrections, our eBook formatting experts will create a print-ready PDF file. When that is approved we will create a finished PDF and proceed with the eBook versions.

Formats and Elements Supplied

The Book Production and eBook format service package includes Tables of Contents.

A back-of-book index creation service is available at an additional price.

These e-formats are included in the package:

  1. Print-ready PDF
  2. KPF ePub for Amazon (Reflowing or Fixed-layout)
  3. ePub for Apple, Kobo and Google (Reflowing or Fixed-layout)
  4. An InDesign package for your archives

All formats are delivered to the "Deliveries" folder associated with the Title in your DPS account.

A "ticket" is created for every title ordered to handle all review and revision requests. As revisions are done, the files in the Deliveries folder will be modified.


When you opt for our eBook formatting services, the files you receive will be error-free and ready for upload to distributor portals. Payment is required only after satisfactory delivery.

Finished PDFs and ePubs

The final PDF files for both interior and covers are pre-flighted and ready for upload to Amazon's KDP, IngramSpark and/or to a printer of your choice. All finished files are stored in the Deliveries folder. We recommend and provide two ePubs: a Kindle version optimized to Amazon, and a second ePub optimized for other platforms. We hand-code your content and images to the ePub format so that it will be compatible with various platforms.

Turnaround Times

We aim to finish our eBook formatting service and provide the first proofs for review within a week of order receipt. Upon receipt of your edits and suggestions, we aim to deliver the final files (PDF and ePub) within another week.


Book production from source files to finished product: $1.50/page
Add Accessible ePub3: $2.00/page
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