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Our Premium Print and eBook Publication Solutions
Publish to the Planet. From AU$399 / US$359
Your title on the iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire, Samsung tabs & phones... From AU$399 or US$359.
This is how it works. For the base price, you furnish us with completed text and cover art work, ensuring that your work has already been carefully edited and proofread. Don't short-circuit things by rushing to publish before your work is ready – with most readers you won't get a second chance to impress. If your work hasn't been edited and proofread, we can do it for you at a modest additional cost. (Send us the work and we'll give you a quote on those services.)
Once we have what we need, we convert your file to at least three formats to suit the global market:
• ePub, for Apple devices and most generic eReaders
• optimised PDF, for computer and PDF compatible reading devices
• mobi, for Kindle (Amazon) devices
• Fixed layout, where your work needs to be viewed in side by side pages (spreads).
We can then distribute your files to our global partners that include Apple, Amazon, Google, Overdrive, Barnes & Noble, eBook Corporation, eBrary and Read How You Want. If you haven't heard of some of them, google the names to find out more.
They in turn share your content with other online stores and sell it to libraries, schools and individuals. They pay us, and we pay you semi-annually. How much? 50% of net revenue. Net revenue is what we are paid by the distributor, less any discounts they offer to their buyers and fees they charge us for making your title available for sale and maintaining it on their server. In other words, for every dollar we get paid, you make 50 cents.
The small print
Add-ons may include:
• registering your title with the National Library – free!
• producing a barcode and QR Code (those square blocks of dots that can be scanned to display text or link to a web site). Also free!
• setting up your cover. We can organise a professional to design your cover, or work from our stock photo library to produce one. Free, if you provide acceptable art work. At cost + 15% if we have to organise the art work for you.
• a marketing campaign. Your title is automatically listed in our online catalogues and circulars to key distributors. We also give you a free extensive Author's Guide with advice on how to market and promote your work via traditional or social media. But you may want to do more to ensure your title gets out there. We can provide you with advice in-house, or organise a premium service with professional marketers at cost + 15%.
DPC Bronze (POD only)
Your aim here is to publish via POD (print-on-demand). To ensure the highest quality production, IP partners with only the best POD companies such as Lightning Source and CreateSpace. Once your title is listed with our POD companies, you can order as many copies as you like at very modest prices.
Working from your final text and cover art, we design an appropriate cover, arrange an ISBN and barcode. We then send you the master in digital form (pdf) for your approval before sending it to our POD partners.
Once your title is approved for printing, you tell us how many copies you require for your immediate needs and we arrange to have them sent to you.
For no additional charge, we list your title on Amazon and other partner companies such as Apple, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Wheelers.
You can order stock from us as you need it. The cost per book depends on length and the physical dimensions of the book and whether or not you use colour. Straight black and white paperback books cost about AU$5. per book, delivered, (GST-inclusive) for a 100 page book. Discounts may apply if you order larger quantities, e.g. 50 or more at a time.
We pay you 50% of net revenue from POD sales.
DPC Silver (eBook only)
Under this plan, you go Digital First. We prepare a master of your title and make it available as an eBook on more than a dozen global online eBook sites, including:
• Amazon, for the various Kindle® Readers
• Barnes & Noble, a major USA distributor of physical and digital content
• Google eBooks
• iBookstore (Apple) for the iPad / iPhone in ePub and/or Fixed Layout ePub format
• Overdrive, a global eBook distributor, covering about 85% of the library market
• Wheelers, a distributor based in Australia and New Zealand with listings of more than 2.5 million titles
We pay you 50% of net revenue from eBook sales.
DPC Gold (POD + eBook)
This provides you with all the services under the Bronze and Silver Plans but at a discount on our pre-press fees. You can sign up for the Gold Plan at any time before we upload your title to our Bronze or Silver Plan partners. Once your master is uploaded, if you decide to add the other Plan, you'll have to pay the full enrolment fee.
We pay you 50% of net revenue on POD and eBook sales.
DPC Platinum (the Works!)
This adds marketing to a DPC Gold Plan. Our Promotions Team develops a marketing plan for your title and then actively promotes it in consultation with you.
A key component in the Platinum Plan is a dedicated mini-site for your title, hosted by the DPC on the ipoz.biz site. This mini-site contains a description of your title, an author bio, key reviews and links to external sites. We update the mini-site regularly based on information you send us.
IP maintains an extensive list of bookshops, libraries and wholesale suppliers in Australia and New Zealand and an expanding list overseas. Under DPC Platinum, we prepare a Sales Kit for your title and circulate it to our contacts here and overseas.
We pay you 50% of net revenue on all sales.
The DPC is committed to publishing the best possible work in print and digital form. Publishers who simply offer to publish your work as is are not doing you or your audience(s) a service. Rightly known as "vanity publishers", such companies generally prey on your vanity, take your money and run.
Other companies may offer you a quick conversion of your title into eBook formats for an unbelievably low price, but generally if the price seems to good to be true, it usually is. If you want your eBook to look as good online as it does in print, you need an eBook design professional to set it up properly and fine-tune it after conversion.
Step 1 in the process is getting a Short Report on the title's readiness for publication and general advice on how to improve it. This may be waived if you've already had the work professionally assessed or are a published author. The fee for a Short Report is AU$450 (GST-inclusive), except for children's picture book projects of up 36 pages, where the fee is AU$350 (GST-inclusive). Discounts (20%) are available for students and people on a pension (proof required).
You can also ask for specialist editorial and proofreading support. This includes content (big picture issues) and copy editing (fine tuning), plus a design proof reading. We'll give you a quote on these services, but a rough guide is AU$0.04/word (minimum 5000 words) for copy editing; proofreading services at AU$0.02/word (after copy editing is finished).
For more information on our editorial options and fees, check out the IP Assess page.
eBook Production & Distribution
Once the project is ready for publication, we prepare digital masters of it for each format we create.
We can also prepare ePub, optimised pdf and Fixed layout formats, depending on how widely available you want the work to be. ePubs are the most universally accepted format and will work on almost all reading devices, while Fixed Layout versions that work only on Apple and certain Kindle devices are suitable for titles with spread layouts such as picture books and cook books.
If you have the skills and the necessary software, you can prepare your own masters for publication via POD or as eBooks. For a mere AU$12, you can download the 3rd edition of our how-to Your eBook Survival Kit and get started yourself and potentially save yourself heaps of money. You can then either distribute your book yourself, or contract with us to do it for you.
Obviously, the more we know about your project, the better able we'll be to give you a precise quote. So, the first step is to contact us with a project proposal, a synopsis of the work and a few representative samples. The fee for this is AU$77.
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Updated 12 March 2015