From PDF: This category entails all conversions from PDF, regardless of the type of content (fiction or non-fiction). If you have a PDF from a print layout house, ask us about our Indesign Professional Discounts, before you get your quote.
Moderate and Complex formatted titles, regardless of length, run more, due to numbered or bulleted lists, indices, appendices, photographs, illustrations, tables, footnotes, etc. Significant formatting, like found in many self-help books or DIY titles, will also add to costs. Moderate- and Complexly-formatted titles have a minimum price of $150.00 and go up from there, with prices ranging from $1.45/page to $2.25 for the average book. Some extremely-complex titles can go as high as $4.00/page, if the title warrants it (for example medical textbooks, scientific books, very heavily formatted self-help books with myriad tables, columnar data, or books that come to us in spreads with multiple columns of text per page). Again, publisher discounts and multi-title discounts are available. Poetry will almost always run upwards of $3.00/page, due to the extensive hand-formatting that has to be done to ensure proper line-wrapping for each line of a given stanza.
Examples to Help You Visualize:
Remember: EVERY book is a custom conversion job. Every single one, as your book is totally different than John Doe's book.
ESTIMATING PRICING, GENERALLY: As complexly-formatted books are impossible to categorize, we can't give you a ballpark idea without seeing the actual book, although we wish we could. To assist you in estimating your more-complex title (non-fiction, bulleted lists, charts, graphics, equations, background colors, inline images, etc.): assume that if
- your title is fiction, or fiction-like in layout (see above example image), your book will run $1.45/page for conversion from PDF.
- If your title has design elements on up to 20% of the pages, it has "moderate" formatting and will run $1.65/page for conversion to both formats.
- If your book has up to 40% of the pages with design elements, assume that the price will come in at about $1.95/page. Books that are more complex than this will have custom pricing.
- All images in all books (excepting the author photo and cover image, which are included in base prices) are charged at $20 for every block of 10 images, so if you have 35 images, that would be an additional charge of $80.00, above and beyond the base price.
Conversion from print or PDF are the most expensive methods of conversion, so if you have your source word-processing file, send that to us for your best possible price! When we say this, as we mention in the fiction section, we mean the original Word file, and not a "faux-Word" file made from an online conversion service or Adobe Acrobat from your PDF, please.
If you or your print layout person have your source print-layout Adobe InDesign files, don't hesitate to let us know. We do accept InDesign files for conversion. If we review yours, and they're usable, we'll knock off up to $0.30/page from the conversion quote. This can be a real money-saver, so make sure you tell us about them.
Check out some screenshots from books we've converted, on different devices by visiting our Main Showcase Entrance.