Every publisher wants their book to stand out from competitors’ books, not just content-wise but by their design as well. In addition to the front cover and illustration, another important design element is the font used in the book. In order to ensure that your book does not lose its characteristic look, it should incorporate the same fonts as the physical book.
This is why we recommend that you add the suitable font(s) when ordering an e-book from us. As an added bonus, providing the right fonts will guarantee that the unicode characters used in the book are correct. There are texts that require the use of diacritics (dots, curves, tilde, etc.) or even letters from a completely different alphabet. Primarily those of Russian, Hebrew and Arabic. You can never be sure whether or not the small font used on a e-reader includes such symbols. However, you will not have to worry about distortions to the text, if you provide your own fonts.
When you provide fonts, we ensure that:
1. The e-book will retain the characteristic design of the physical book
2. The e-book will look the same regardless of the e-reader used
3. Parts with different font types will be differentiated
4. All special symbols and characters from other alphabets will be displayed correctly
Since e-books have already gained widespread popularity, readers are increasingly aware of the quality and visual side of an e-book. You can strengthen your position on the market by selling unique, high-quality e-books. This allows you to stand out among other publishers and create a more permanent bond with your readers.
A book is not always limited to text only, but can also contain illustrations (photos, drawings). Some books contain also figures, graphs, maps, etc. Such additional material may become blurry in e-books: on a small e-reader screen with bad resolution, minor details may disappear and their text part become unreadable. Unfortunately, most reading software programs do not enable enlarging the additional material contained in text. Besides, most images or pictures are in a raster format which makes an image or a picture unfocused after the enlargement.
The aforementioned problems are caused by the underpinning technology of e-books and there is no ideal solution to this.
If you create your book, keeping in mind from the very beginning the restrictions applied to an e-book, it is possible to achieve an appropriate result that works anywhere. The above-mentioned risks persist, if a work that was published at first as a printed matter is converted into e-book format. Therefore, it may happen that on some figures the most essential lines have become invisible.
We offer You some possibilities for improving the visibility of your figures.
You should avoid using very thin lines.
You should also avoid using very aeriform and decorative type of fonts.
If possible, please avoid crossing lines.
Do not place too much information on a figure.
Keep in mind that an average width of a figure is 9 cm on the screen.
Good results can also be achieved by referring to external sources. In other words, images or pictures that are essential for the content should be published on the internet on the homepage of a respective book, either in PDF or SVG format. In such case, links to these sources should be added to the e-book.
There are several file formats used for e-books. It is largely a matter of preference, various markets prefer different formats. However, we recommend the epub2 format for publishing e-books.
It’s universal. There are very few devices that cannot read the epub2 format correctly.
This format allows to bring all the design elements of a paberback into an e-book.
All bookstores accept books compiled in this format.
Allows for easy implementation of copy protection (DRM).
Converting to other formats, including Amazon’s, is easy.
The fact that a lot of devices support the epub2 format is one of its greatest advantages. People buying the book will not have to fear that their device will not be able to display the e-book.
Working with the epub2 format is cost-effective for publishers. This type of files can be sold everywhere, there is no need to prepare different files for different commercial environments.
This is why we recommend the epub2 format for publishing e-books.
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It is important for published books to reach as wide an audience as possible with the biggest possible income and minimal expenditure. How can this be achieved?
The easiest way to reach a wide modern audience is through the use of e-books. The sale of e-books has significantly increased over the past years, making up almost 30% of publishing companies’ income. We are convinced you do not want to miss on out this profit.
5 reasons why publishing e-books can benefit your publishing house:
When publishing an e-book with Flagella, we will offer you a good deal that will take a minimum of your time
Your sales figures will increase as e-books are more affordable than hardcover books
The number on potential customers will increase as you will be providing e-books of the highest quality on your market
Customer loyalty will be guaranteed as you will be offering book formats best suited to your customers
Your company’s sustainability will increase as you minimise damage to the nature during publishing and adapt to the modern mobile society
Flagella OÜ offers the production of high-quality e-books. Our goal is to create professional e-books from your existing publications that will be compatible with all smart devices. We offer your publishing house flexible cooperation in publishing high-quality e-books.
Cooperation with Flagella will ensure:
a high-quality results at a lower price
a competent and personal approach to each e-book
compatibility of the e-book with all devices – both with iPads and computers using Windows – thanks to the profound technological know-how of our specialists
The sales of e-books are successful when the contents of books help readers solve practical problems or offer great entertainment. 36% of entertainment readers and 24% of those who seek solutions read e-books every day. This means that in addition to fascinating content, an e-book should also be published in a way that increases its reading quality.
Now it’s time to analyse the quality level of e-books at your publishing house.
3 most important quality markers for e-books:
Adaptation to all reading devices – it is vital to ensure that the reader has the freedom and mobility to read the e-book on a device of their own choosing, without sacrificing too much in the design of the book
Optimized content layout – relevant active references, interactive additions, illustrating charts etc. help understand and really remember the content
The feel of a book – skilful design and layout provide the reader with a true book-reading experience. Readers will get so drawn into the e-book that they forget all about holding a reading device – this is what makes an e-book into a real book!
Do your e-books meet these quality markers?
Did you know the global sale of e-books has increased by 34% over the past years? This trend is expected to continue.
E-books offer customer an additional choice to substitute heavy books with a more interactive, convenient and environmentally-friendly option in the form of e-books.
Five main reasons why readers prefer e-books
E-books are affordable for the customer to purchase and the publisher to produce.
Mobility! The e-books are perfectly compatible with all devices and readers are able to carry even thousands of books with them.
The option of reading even in the dark! Depending on the smart device, e-books can be adjusted to suit readers’ eyes.
Additional knowledge about what is written in the book as e-book enable adding illustrative pictures, calculations and other interactive additions to the text. Reading devices are generally also equipped with a dictionary. According to the largest seller on e-publications Amazon, 85% of readers look up a definition of a word they have read.
E-books are attractive to book lovers who value preserving the nature, having a lighter bag and free space on their shelves. Producing e-books requires 3 times less raw materials and 78 times less water compared to paper books.
E-publications are the natural next step
The quintessence of publishing is providing interesting works for readers. E-books most difficult to get hold of in market are books intended for children and the youth, textbooks and thrillers, even though these are the genres that sell the most and depict the youth. The selection of e-books on the market is currently very limited, most are in foreign languages and do not interest those who are not speaking English. Your publishing house has the possibility to change that!
Although a majority of e-books that we have prepared are also inevitably based on the design files of a publication, we have chosen not to convert any print files automatically.
We believe that e-books are in essence similar reading materials as publications, so these should be prepared with equal care.
Therefore, we re-design the layout of an e-book based on the visual characteristics of the original layout.
1. Maintain the visual characteristics of a publication.
2. Use the same font in text and titles as in the publication.
3. Maintain the proportion of text and titles.
4. Maintain the proportions of images in all different devices.
5. Consequently, an e-book will maintain its visual characteristics in all devices.
Since e-books have already gained widespread popularity, the readers start to increasingly recognise the quality of preparing an e-book.
Strengthen your position on the market by selling high-quality and exclusive e-books. This empowers you to stand out among other publishers and create a more permanent bond with your readers.