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Printer and Publishing Style FAQ

Is Balboa Press a traditional or non-traditional publisher?
What is Print-on-Demand publishing?

E-book Digital Formatting & Distribution

What is an e-book reader and how will it benefit me?
Do I choose how much my E-book costs?
How much royalty do I earn from E-book sales?
When can I expect to see my E-book on a retail site?
Will my E-book have an ISBN?
Why isn't my book in the iBooks Store?

Is Balboa Press a traditional or non-traditional publisher?

Balboa Press is a non-traditional, self-publisher. Here are some benefits of publishing with Balboa Press over a traditional publisher:

  • You remain in complete control of the finished product because you get to decide what text, images, illustrations, fonts, etc. to use in your book.
  • You also retain the rights of your manuscript, unlike a traditional publisher.
  • The timeline from start to finish is much quicker than a traditional publisher, which often takes two or more years to complete.
  • You do not need an agent, eating into potential profits, in order to get your manuscript noticed, accepted and published.
  • Unlike traditional publishers who only market their most promising titles, we offer marketing materials and promotional services you can choose to purchase at your leisure.

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What is Print-on-Demand publishing?

Print-on-Demand publishing, or POD, is a method of book printing using digital technology that makes it easy and cost-effective to produce books as they are ordered, either one at a time or in large numbers. Instead of a more traditional mode of printing, which only prints a large number at one time, POD is an "as needed" printer so there are no wasted books and no need to store them. This also means that the book can be available for an extended period of time, instead of the book being "out of print" after one print run.

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E-book Digital Formatting & Distribution

What is an e-book reader and how will it benefit me?

E-book readers are wireless handheld devices capable of downloading an electronic version of a book and making it available for a customer to read anywhere without a physical copy of the book. Formatting physical books into e-books gives you as the author another avenue to connect with readers and give them the book they want in the format they want. Companies like Barnes & Noble and Amazon have the largest e-book stores in the nation giving readers access to hundreds of thousands of books.

  • Amazon Kindle (a wireless reader)
  • Barnes & Noble eReader (an application for iPhone, Blackberry, Windows PC or Mac)
  • The nook (a wireless reader)
  • iBooks Store* (Apple's online bookstore available for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch)
  • Google Play Books (customers can buy books through their Google accounts and access them on just about any device with a modern Web browser)

Disclaimer: Press Ready Files (PDF), colour books, or designed interior file sizes larger than 10 MB are ineligible for this service.

*Apple reserves the right to accept or deny content for availability in the iBooks Store.

* To meet submission standards, please review your manuscript thoroughly to ensure spelling accuracy and correct rendering of any diacritical mark such as tilde, caret, acute accent, or the like.    

 

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Do I choose how much my e-book costs?

We will set the default price of all e-books at our discretion. However, vendors may choose to sell the e-books at a higher or lower price than what we set.

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How much royalty do I earn from e-book sales?

You will receive 50 percent of the net payments received from sale of your e-book. Royalties will not be paid on copies provided free of charge or sold to the author.

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When can I expect to see my e-book on a retail site?

It will take approximately four weeks after your book is printed for your e-book to appear on retail Web sites.

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Will my e-book have an ISBN?

Yes. The e-book will have the same ISBN, regardless of the channel of the format it is sold in.

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Why isn't my book in the iBooks Store?

It can take up to three months for your book to appear in the iBooks Store. If your book is still not available after that period of time, it is possible that Apple did not accept your content. Reasons that Apple may choose to deny content include typos, poor editing, poor formatting and subject matter.

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