Monthly Archives: May 2012

NBN Fusion signs with Gardners

Good news for NBN Fusion clients—NBN has completed an agreement to sell ebook content through Gardners.

The channel is being added to our digital asset manager and your content will be pushed out to them as soon as that is complete.

Gardners supplies ebooks to more than 70 ebook retail sites in the UK and Europe. A full list (including active links) is below. Please be aware that most of these sites are selective in which titles they carry, so some specific titles may not be there. The exceptions to this are Foyles and Hive.co.uk. They carry the full range.

If you don’t see your ebook titles up and available right away, be patient, there are a lot to add. If after a couple of weeks you still don’t see your title up, contact your Fusion ebook representative and she can research it for you.

ACCO www.acco.be/shop
AKADEMIBOKHANDELN BOKUS AB www.bokus.com
ALMA ARTEX LTD www.alma.ro
ASIA BOOKS www.asiabooks.com
ATHENAEUM BOEKHANDEL www.athenaeum.nl
BESTSELLERS UK www.bighay.com
BILLINGSKA BOKHANDELN www.billingska.se
BLACKWELLS www.blackwells.co.uk
BOEKHANDEL DEGHELDERE www.eboek.org
BOOKS4SPAIN LTD www.books4spain.com
BUSCALIBROS www.buscalibros.cl
CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL BOOK CENTRE www.eflbooks.co.uk
CAPITAL IDEAS REATIL LTD www.booksetc.co.uk
CDON www.cdon.se
CENTRO LOGISTICO PORTO EDITORIA www.wook.pt
CHORLEYWOOD BOOKSHOP www.chorleywoodbookshop.co.uk
CLIQ DIRECT BV www.cliqdirect.nl
CONNECT 2 BEAUTY www.connect2beauty.co.uk
DE DRUKKERU www.de-drvkkery.nl
DE NORSKE BOKKLUBBENE AS www.bokklubben.no
ECLECTOR LTD www.eclector.co.uk
EDIX RETAIL LTD www.shopoxi.com
EGURUS LTD www.ebookshoppe.com
ELIBRIS/SILVA CONSULTING UK www.elibris.fi
ENHANCE www.enhanceebooks.com
EUROBOOKS www.eurobooks.sk
FIREWORK BOOKS  www.fireworkbooks.com
FISHPOND www.fishpond.co.nz
FOYLES www.foyles.co.uk
GOES HERE  LTD www.witchbuildingcontract.co.uk
HELIKON PLC www.helikon.bg
HIVE www.hive.co.uk
INFOTRADING www.infotrading.nl
INTERSOFT BOOKS www.intersoft.co.za
JOHN SMITH & SON LTD www.jscampus.co.uk/shop/ebooks
KALAHARI www.kalahari.com
KENT BOOK CO LTD www.pickabook.co.uk  www.kbc.eu.com
KITAP YURDU www.kitapyurdu.com
KNV BARSORTIMENT www.knv.de
LAIE www.laie.es
LIBRARYBOX www.librarybox.co.uk
LIBREKA www.libreka.de
LIBRESCO www.iliadreader.co.uk
LIBRIS. NO www.libris.no
LIKEABOOK www.likeabook.co.uk
LITRES www.litres.ru
LOVEREADING.CO.UK www.lovereading.co.uk
MAPSTOP/GLOBAL MAPPING LTD www.mapstop.co.uk
MARUZEN www.maruzen.co.jp
MIBOOK.DK www.mibook.dk
MIKE’S FAMOUS BOOKSTALL www.mikesfamous.co.uk
MONDADORI INIZIATIVE www.mondadori.com
OLD HALL BOOKSHOP www.oldhallbooks.com
ORELL FUESSLI BUCHHANDLUNGS AG www.books.ch
PENGUIN SPAINS www.twomillionbooks.com
PENNINN/IB PRESS www.eymundsson.is
PREMS LIBREXIM SRL www.okian.ro
RAHVA RAAMAT LTD www.rahvaraamat.ee
RIID00 www.riidoo.se
SAXO.COM www.saxo.com
SELEXYZ BOEKHANDELS www.selexyz.nl
SF BOKHANDELN AB www.sfbok.se
SMARTEBOOK.COM CO LTD www.mobi-book.com
SOL Y SOMBRA BOOKS SL www.books4spain.com
SPARKLE DIRECT LTD www.sparkledirect.com
ST PETERSBURG DOM KNIGI www.dom-knigi.ru
STOCKMANN / AKATEEMINEN www.akateeminen.com
TESCO www.tesoebooks.com
TFC INTERNATIONAL www.thefirstclub.net
THE BEST YOU CAN BE www.thebestyoucanbe.org
THE ENGLISH BOOKSHOP www.englishbookshop.nl
TITE LIVE BELGIQUE www.titelive.be
TXTR GMBH http://txtr.com/en/store/
UNIVERSITY BOOKSELLER www.university-bookseller.co.uk
UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK BOOKSHOP www.warwickbooks.com
ILOVEBOOKS www.e-bookstore.com
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More and More Awards

Still more awards keep coming in. This time several of our NBN publishers have won awards at the International Book Awards (check it out here). Click on the ISBNs below for links to the books’ pages on our website.

Congratulations to all our publishers on their awards!

Best New Fiction Finalist 
Girl Unmoored by Jennifer Gooch Hummer
Fiction Studio Books
9781936558308

Best New Spirituality Book Winner 
Paramhansa Yogananda: A Biography with Personal Reflections and Reminiscences by Swami Kriyananda
Crystal Clarity Publishers
9781565892644

Comics: Graphic Novel Winner
Mi Barrio by Robert Renteria
Writers of the Round Table, Inc.
9781610660006

Crafts/Hobbies/How-To Winner
Zakka Style: 24 Projects Stitched with Ease to Give, Use & Enjoy, compiled by Rashida Coleman-Hale, contributions by Design Collective
Stash Books, an imprint of C&T Publishing
9781607054160

Fiction: Literary Finalist 
Hystera by Leora Skolkin-Smith
Fiction Studio Books
9781936558186 

Fiction: Young Adult Finalist 
Girl Unmoored by Jennifer Gooch Hummer
Fiction Studio Books
9781936558308

Poetry: General Winner
What Matters by Adele Kenny
Welcome Rain Publishers
9781566490795

Spirituality: General Finalist
The Silence of the Mind by Ilie Cioara
O-Books
9781846948299

Sports: General Winner 
Shin Gi Tai: Karate Training for Body, Mind, and Spirit by Michael Clarke
YMAA Publication Center, Inc.
9781594392177

Youth Issues Finalist
From the Barrio to the Board Room, 2nd Edition by Robert Renteria
Writers of the Round Table, Inc.
9781610660112

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WBP Design & Effectiveness Awards

Hello everyone, I’m very happy to share that our RLPG design team won three awards at the Washington Book Publishers Design and Effectiveness Awards last Tuesday (May 22) evening.

This year Maria and Devin took home the awards, though all our designers have been winners in past years. Our team regularly takes home multiple awards at this ceremony and I couldn’t be prouder of their consistent level of excellence in designing our covers.

We offer our design services to our clients as part of our Fusion program as well, so you too can have access to the amazing creative talents we have on staff. If you are interested in learning more or in contracting our design services, send me an email and we can discuss your needs.

Feel free to click on the links below to see our award-winning covers.

ILLUSTRATED COVER

First Place: Wine Wars (Rowman & Littlefield)

https://rowman.com/ISBN/978-0-7425-6819-8

ILLUSTRATED COVER

Second Place: Only the Wing (Rowman & Littlefield/SISP)

https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781935623038

TYPOGRAPHIC COVER

Honorable Mention: Early Charlie Chaplin (Scarecrow Press

https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780810882423

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Apple Rejections

Apple is the pickiest vendor that we supply to and currently the only vendor that reviews titles before making them for sale. The Apple review team rejects titles for a variety of reasons, but Apple has not released a guide that details what the QA team looks for. However, the following is a break-down of the most common rejections we see:

    • Spaces in the .xhtml file names
        • The ePUB will fail to distribute to Apple if there are spaces in the file names. The error message that Apple gives is “illegal character in path at index…”

       

    • Small front cover
        • If the front cover JPG is too small, the title will fail to distribute to Apple. The front cover JPG must be at least 1400 on the short side side.

       

    • EPUB contains images of more than 4 million pixels
        • 2 million pixels equates to approximately 1000×2000. Usually the image in question is a front cover image but can be scanned text or other art in the ePub. Sometimes we receive rejections with the rejected images specified.

       

    • Prices in the EPUB (including ads and back covers)
    • Inaccurate/Incomplete Table of Contents
        • This refers to the auto-generated ToC that customers use to navigate on the devices. If your title is short and does not have sections, be sure to capture front and back matter in the ToC.

       

    • Blurry/Pixilated images or Illegible diagrams/charts/tables
        • This is often a problem when the diagrams/charts/tables are scanned in and the text is small.
        • Apple may still reject a title if an image appears clear when viewed in normal screen size but is blurry when zoomed in.
        • Image resolution is downgraded as a result of the conversion process, and the conversion vendor we work with does not improve image quality during conversions. To avoid this issue, images, charts, etc. should be high resolution in the PDF sent for conversion.

       

    • Too much scanned in text (such as whole sections)
    • Overlapping text or Text/images cut off
    • Too much interactivity (e.g. having exercises like a workbook)
    • Cover art/EPUB promises content not included (e.g. a CD/DVD)
  • Cover art not matching title page (different author name, subtitle, etc)

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Adobe Digital Editions

Adobe Digital Editions is a free software application that allows you to view epub files on your computer. However, please note that there are limitations of this program.

  • Certain complex characters do not display in Digital Editions. They can appear as question marks or empty boxes, making it look like there is an error in the epub file when there is no error in the file. This is true not only of unsupported font types in English, but also unsupported foreign languages.
  • Spacing can be an issue. Occasionally, there looks like extra spacing between paragraphs, when no such spacing exists.
  • When looking at a fixed layout epub, the embedded text appears as a separate screen and the lettering is unreadably small. Rest assured that this small text does not show up on the ipad.
  • Depending on the screen size, images and tables can appear cut off.
  • Digital Editions has numbers that look like page numbers. The numbers that appear to the right of the page are just reference numbers for the epub creators. The numbers at the top (that appear like: 10/300) do not actually correspond to the print book and do not correspond to what the customer is seeing on his/her device.

It’s important to remember that looking at an epub in Digital Editions is not how the file will look on an e-reading device. Using Adobe Digital Editions to look at an epub file is an easy and convenient option, but it is always best to view the file on an actual e-reading device to get the customer experience.

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What We Do: Offset Printing Edition

In this What We Do post, I’ll cover our offset printing capabilities and supply information on how to secure quotes and arrange offset printing through NBN Fusion.

Similar to my earlier post on DSR printing, we use our offset print volume with our preferred vendors to drive the cost of printing down and provide our NBN Fusion clients with access to those cost savings. We work with multiple printers domestically and internationally and we can help you select the best print option for your project based upon spec, schedule and cost.

To submit a request for offset printing, use the same online form that you use for DSR printing and submit the title information to our Fusion print manufacturing department. That form can be found here.

A representative will contact you with any questions and will supply you with a cost estimate for approval. Once you approve the estimate and make the decision to move forward with printing, you will be asked to supply your print-ready text and cover files via your pre-assigned Fusion ftp site. After you upload files, notify your representative and he or she will schedule the printing with our vendor. Once the job is sent, you will be given an estimated ship date, which will also be entered into our warehouse database so that the printed books can be received.

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Tech Tips: What is an ePub?

In the coming weeks, I’ll be contributing a series of entries discussing how to set-up your InDesign files to create ePubs that require minimal interaction with the xhtml code. I will also show you how following those steps in InDesign will translate to your ePub file. But, first, I think it’s important to fully understand what an ePub actually is.

ePub is the standard e-book format established by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). ePubs are files (with the extension .epub) that display reflowable content across many different eReaders (Apple iBooks, Nook, Kobo, etc.). The reflowable content can be optimized to the display of the device or to meet the reader’s needs.

An ePub is essentially a collection of files zipped into a single file. You can see all of the inner workings of an ePub by simply changing the file extension from .epub to .zip and unzipping the file. The preferred method would be to view the contents through an XML editor. I use Oxygen XML editor, but a good and free ePub editing tool is Sigil. These programs allow you to open and edit an ePub without unzipping it. (Unzipping an ePub can lead to some issues because you’re required to re-zipped in a particular order. This has to be done manually through command-line prompts.)

An ePub file contains the following files and folders:

    Mimetype: identifies the package as an ePub
    META-INF folder: usually only contains the container.xml file
    Container.xml: points to the file defining the contents of the book (opf file)
    OEBPS folder: location of the content of the book
    images folder: contains the ePub’s images
    html/xhtml files: these are the text files of the book
    .css file (cascading style sheets): defines the formatting of the text and other layout attributes
    .opf file: XML file that list all of the files that are contained in the ePub and specifies the order in which the html/xhtml files should appear. This file also contains the book’s metadata
    toc.ncx: XML file containing the navigational table of contents

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The above ePub structure is the ePub version 2.0.1 structure. There are some changes with the newly developed ePub 3.0 specifiations which expands ePub to include html5 elements such as audio and video. For now, I will focus on ePub 2.0.1.

In my next post, I will focus on some general good practices to follow when setting up your InDesign files.

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