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30
Jun

How to Publish a Book – Step-by-step Guide

The first step for your global publishing after signing up is to create your epub and upload it to PublishDrive.

Watch this video to learn how to upload a book to PublishDrive. Don’t like videos? Keep reading.

How to upload a book?

Choose the “Add book / Add book from epub” option in your account.

Publish a book in Publishdrive

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Drop or upload the content file (epub) and the cover file (jpg). We accept epub 2 and epub 3 formats, based on the IDPF standard. If the upload of your epub or cover is unsuccessful for any reason, please email support@publishdrive.com for help on how to fix it.

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Some of your metadata will automatically be filled in with data from the epub file.

Required fields: Publisher/Imprint, Title, Language, Page number, Category, Description, Suggested retail price, Publication date.

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Choose Publisher/Imprint.

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Select up to three categories for your book. We use BISAC codes for categorization. You can just start typing the category you would like to use and it will come up.

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Add description: it should be unique and accurately describe your book.

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You can format the text with the following functions:

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Add Suggested retail price and Publication date. If you give a future date, pre-orders will automatically be allowed and your book will be available to pre-order immediately.

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Optional fields: Subtitle, Series, Target Audience (required for children’s books), Keywords (help readers to find your books in stores), Territory rights (start typing), Print version list price, Print version ISBN, Print version publication year.

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Just save to publish! If your legal information is up to standards, your book is ready to go to the stores.

Publish a book in Publishdrive

Publish a book in Publishdrive

Before sending it out, our colleagues will review the book both automatically and manually. If everything is fine, PublishDrive will send your titles to the stores automatically.

Do you need to change something? You can update your metadata (price, description or even an updated epub file) any time and we’ll send the updates to the retailers.

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29
Jun

Order an ebook conversion in Publishdrive

PublishDrive is the most intelligent ebook publishing platform where you may ask for ebook conversion if your books are available only in docx, InDesign file, rtf, html or PDF. After conversion, you can publish your beautiful ebook to iBooks, Kindle, Google Play and to 400 other outlets easily.

Technical details about the ebook conversion

You have to pay a one time fee for ebook conversion based on the complexity and length of the book (average price: 0.5 USD per page). We prefer to receive docx, InDesign file, rtf or html as an input format, but the print PDF can be uploaded as well to make sure your ebook will be similar to the print book version. After successful conversion your files can be downloaded via PublishDrive, so you can use them on your own as well (so you as the copyright holder will be able to sell those ebooks in your own shop, but not in the stores where PublishDrive is publishing your books already).

We will get in contact with you regarding your ebook conversion order and it takes usually 3 business days per one book. But in case of complex and long ebooks it may be a longer period.

Ebook conversion order steps in Publishdrive

Register for free in PublishDrive and log in.

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Choose “Add a book” option in your account and select the ‘Order conversion to ebook’.

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Follow the instructions.

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Provide your book details.

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Upload your book manuscript and cover file. You may add more source files like docx, pdf, indd, etc.

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Provide the accurate number of characters and images. Open a text editor program and check it out.

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After typing in the accurate numbers, you’ll be able to see the price of conversion. When you accept the following conditions you can save and pay.

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You can pay via Paypal.

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ebook conversionAfter payment, wait for your epub file getting ready. We use human power to create your beautiful ebook, so it takes usually a few days until it is converted. Your ebook will be high quality, commercially valid file which is the first step if you want to sell your ebooks globally.

After successful conversion your epub file can be downloaded via PublishDrive.

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27
Jun

PublishDrive demo ebook publishing

Check out our demo ebook publishing video, so you can see how PublishDrive works in realtime.

If you like what you see, sign up and start increasing ebook sales by publishing over 400 stores in 100 countries!

 

 

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22
Jun

Profile Settings at PublishDrive – Step-by-step Guide

After a successful registration (read more here), you should go through your settings: set your payment and legal details and imprints information.

Watch this short video or keep reading.

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21
Jun

Ebook publishing platform registration

Watch this video on how to register at PublishDrive:

You can register at admin.publishdrive.com.

Don’t like videos? Read on.

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Fill in the form.

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By signing up you agree to Publishdrive’s Terms and Conditions.

In the second step, you can select between self-publisher account or publishing company account, and choose your preferred currency for billing.

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After finishing the registration we send you an email for verification. (Make sure to check your spam folder too.) Email verification is needed to use all features of PublishDrive. If you don’t receive this message in a few hours please contact us at support@publishdrive.com.

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After a successful registration just log in and start publishing your books!

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14
Jun

Ebook formatting – too large cover in epub file

Does your beautiful ebook have some unexpected problems when you tried to upload it to Publishdrive? One of the very common errors PublishDrive may show you ‘The embedded cover image is too large.’ it means your cover art is too large in your epub file because pixel number is over 4 million pixels.  Do not feel embarrassed if you do not know how to fix these issues. It is simple, but you have to know some simple tricks in the ebook editor Sigil. If you have never used Sigil ebook editor before, with some simple steps you can fix these issues.
It’s simple! We will show the solution, so that you can do it yourself too.

What should you know about the cover art in an ebook?

  • Can’t be blurry, pixelated, mismatched, misaligned, rotated, incorrect, or have other similar quality issues.
  • Should include only the front cover and not the back cover.
  • Can’t promote websites that sell books.
  • Should be spelled correctly and match the information provided in the metadata and book.
  • Can’t contain materials that infringe the rights of others.
  • There should not be any references to the physical book.
  • The pixel limit is 4 million pixels.

 

For editing, open the ebook in the Sigil ebook editor.

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Find the cover from the images folder on the left side.

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Save as the cover.

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Link your file to an image editor program (Paint, Photoshop, etc.)

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Choose the resize function in the image editor program.

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Resize pixelsizes.

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Change the vertical size maximum 1000 px and Save.

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You can take the new cover into the epub.

Search Image/Add Existing Files… and choose the new cover (this has the same file name).

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Add Semantics to your new cover.

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Check and replace the cover in the text.

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Save the file and close the Sigil epub ebook editor.

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You can upload your epub to Publishdrive.

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