What to Expect From ePub Conversions

For those who have opted to use NBN’s preferred vendor to create standard ePubs, provided is an overview of what one should expect during the conversion process.

eBook vs. print book: It is rarely possible that the standard ePub will be a replica of the print book. Formatting that exactly matches the print book is unlikely because print book layouts are based on the idea of the page, which a standard ePub does not have (see https://nbnfusion.wordpress.com/2012/06/12/epubs-and-page-numbers/). Therefore page specific elements such as running heads, background images behind the text, etc. cannot be preserved in a standard ePub.

Design: The conversion team aims to deliver a product that closely resembles the source file, but they will not make changes to the source file. Therefore, if there are elements that are incompatible with electronic devices, such design elements will be lost unless the publisher delivers a PDF that is optimized for electronic devices. Please note that the source file will not be improved upon for the ePub output: a blurry photo in the source file will still be a blurry photo when converted into an ePub.

Functionality: The publisher should receive a file that is functional across devices. If there is a problem with the file, contact your Fusion representative, who will investigate the issue.

Accuracy: While the conversion team aims to provide the best possible files, no conversion is ever 100% accurate. The conversion team delivers files that are at least 99.95% accurate, which means 1 out of 2,000 characters could drop out or be incorrect. If you notice an error while reviewing your file, bring it to the attention of your Fusion representative, and she will work with you to resolve the issue.

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