Ebooks - Our Publishing Process

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In this section:

    When do you create my ebook?

    Your ebook is created a month before publication in epub format.

    How do I download my ebook?

    You can download your own copy for personal or promotional purposes.

    • Go to your book’s Production Page.
    • Open the ebook Workflow Section.
    • On the FILE LIST, click on epub to download your ebook.

    Do you use DRM (Digital Rights Management)?

    DRM (Digital Rights Management) is code that you add to an ebook file to limit its use (especially copying, printing, and sharing). It is a way to help fight copyright infringement.

    We distribute our EPUB through NBN Fusion and all their agreements with ebook vendors require that they apply DRM to files distributed to them.

    Is my ebook released at the same time as my print book?

    We bring titles out in print and digital in the same month of publication, and they both have the same official publication date. However, in practice, the exact date of release won't always be the same.

    The ebook goes for conversion a month or so before publication date, and then it is distributed. Different distributors take varying times to load the ebooks into their system. It will likely not show on sites like Amazon for pre-order until a few weeks before publication. So, if you see your ebook released on a slightly different day to your official publication date, don’t worry.

    Will my index show up in my ebook?

    No – we do not include indexes in ebooks as a matter of policy. If you decide you must have one in your ebook, this counts as a complex conversion. See Preparing Your Manuscript.

    How can I read my ebook?

    You should be able to read your ebook on the vast majority of ereaders out there.

    You cannot read EPUBs on Kindle, but you can convert them to MOBI or Amazon’s own AZW format (which can both be read on Kindle), using a conversion app like Calibre.

    My title was published by you a long time ago and there is no ebook. What should I do?

    If you have a backlist title and we have not already converted it to an ebook, we convert them for free if sales have reached 1000 copies over the previous 12 months. Otherwise, please expect a price in the region of £100/$200 (it depends on the complexity of the text design).

    If you would like to go ahead with an ebook conversion, please post your request on the Author Forum or email office@jhpbooks.com, and we will get a quote to you.

    Once payment has been received, we will add your title to the next month’s batch of conversion titles. It takes around one month for the conversion, and a further month to make it available to retail.

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