Conversion from PDF

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:




As this book has simple text, like most fiction titles, this would be simple for quoting purposes.
As this book has simple text, like most fiction titles, this would be "simple" for quoting purposes.





A moderately-formatted book
As this book has heavy formatting, but only on the Chapter pages, this would be "moderately" formatted for quoting purposes.




 This book has images, colored fonts, columns, and lists (the ingredients). This would be a COMPLEX book.
This book has images, colored fonts, columns, and lists (the ingredients). This would be a COMPLEX book.



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.




Phone Call Alert! 

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Due to the COVID-19 onslaught, we currently cannot take incoming phone calls.  

And since nobody reads anything, I've simply removed the phone number from the site.  

A notification about phone calls:  due to the COVID-19 plague, we've significantly increased our incoming inquiries--nearly double our usual volume--and the number of incoming inquiries by phone has been literally overwhelming.  Although most writers will say that their call "will only take 15 minutes," the truth is, that after 10 years of doing this, most author inquiry calls take an hour.  45 minutes at best. I'm currently receiving 7-10 calls/day, and due to that, I've had to stop accepting incoming phone calls, which my voicemail will tell you. You can leave a message--I can't call you back without one--and if a call is needed, I will of course call you.  But we have very complete and extensive email replies, handouts and our website is very informative. Almost all the questions that I receive during a call are actually already answered on our site, or are, in fact, publishing questions, not questions about our services, what we do, what we offer, or the like.  I already handle between 90-130 emails/day, as it is. I can't handle that many emails and take 7-10 hours of calls each day. I can't. So, in order to be able to answer this huge email volume, to help the greatest number of people, with my time, I've had to stop accepting calls.  I'm sorry, but that's just how it is. I'm in the process of setting up a call-appointment function, for free 15-minute calls to answer questions from new prospective customers and longer paid sessions for folks who generally want consulting on "publishing," generally (and for prospective kids' book publishers, as a special category of paid consulting).  But that functionality isn't yet set up. I hope to get that working the 3rd week of July, sometime.  

Thank you for your understanding.