Quite an interesting development here, LuLu.com – the haven for self-publishers seeking out a low risk means to publish their book or other non-digital product – has launched an iPad format conversion service for authors.
In an email despatched to members today, the service asks “Are You iPad Ready?”, and puts its pitch as follows:
“The time to join the ePub boom has never been better.
“Lulu now offers ePub conversion services to take your book into the future. Get your book ready for the iPad, Sony Reader and other electronic devises with our ePub conversion service. We offer three service packs depending on the number of pages in your manuscript.”
The company’s ePub service includes the following:
- Tagging and linking of the Table of Content (TOC)
- Proofing of the illustrations to make sure they’re resized properly
- Removal of the original page numbers and page headers (to prevent them from appearing in the middle of the page)
- Re-flowing of the text by chapter and re-pagination of the entire book
ePub conversion takes between 4-6 week. In some cases, conversion may take longer at which point we will provide you with a time line for your file conversion.
Only books published through Lulu are eligible for the service.
The caveat emptor in this? “Creating an ePub version of your book will not guarantee distribution on 3rd party external e-readers,“ the company warns.