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OCR – А Сараblе Соnvеrtеr

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Маnу sоftwаrе modules аrе сараblе of соnvеrtіng vаrіоus types of files into eBooks. But ОСR, or Optical Character Recognition, software іs taking digital file conversion to the next level. Тhіs software makes it possible to take scans of your dосumеnts and physical books and turn them into easy-to-access eBooks. The software reads thе wrіttеn lаnguаgе аnd translates іt іntо a document extension. This is a skill set unique to OCR software.

Besides the accuracy of the conversion, OCR software is great for post-conversion editing. Other software would require you to reconvert the file, but a converted OCR file can be edited after the fact.

OCR technology is especially relevant in a world where eBooks are quickly gaining popularity. It would take weeks to retype a book, manuals, textbooks, cookbooks and other text-based documents and weeks more to perform a file conversion. All of that can now be done quickly and easily with an OCR conversion.

Pre-OCR, converting illustrated books or other image-heavy documents (magazines, training manuals, etc.) was a nightmare. OCR has made all of these conversions not only possible, but much simpler, and with a little time image-heavy document conversions can now be done much more quickly and conveniently.

At Convert a Book, we specialize in OCR conversions. We offer not only basic OCR services, but also Quality Assurance and editing services to ensure that your eBook is top quality. Despite the fact that OCR technology is sophisticated, various spacing and spelling errors are possible. All authors know how detrimental these small issues can be to the credibility of your work. We have a team specifically dedicated to finding and fixing these errors before they become a problem. What are you waiting for? Convert your book to an eBook today!

 

Self Pub

To Self-Publish, or not to Self-Publish, that is the question.

Self-Publishing has not always had the most noble ring to it. It was the cop-out when one couldn’t get a traditional publisher to pick up your book. One thing is true, getting a publisher can be tricky and take years of rejection letters until someone see’s your books value. Simply look at this list of Authors who were rejected numerous times, yet are classics; staples in libraries.First edition cover of Catch-22

  • Kathryn Sockett, The Help (rejected 60 times)

  • Norman Mailer, The Naked and the Dead (rejected 12 times)

  • Joseph Heller, Catch-22 (rejected 22 times)

  • Mary Higgins Clark, first short story (rejected 40 times)

  • Robert Persig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (rejected 121 times)

And these are the authors who continued to pursue the traditional publishing route. There is a surprising list who didn’t, who gave up on publishers, and forged ahead on their own. People such as James Joyce, Beatrix Potter, Virginia Wolff, E.E. Cummings, Edgar Allen Poe, Rudyard Kipling, Henry David Thoreau and more. So really, self-publishing has a long and distinguished history of authors and deserves some major respect.

We are now in the age where self-publishing is easier than ever. With eBooks you can skip the cost of printing and will never have to deal with running out of stock. Amazon reported in 2014 that one in every three eBooks sold by them is from a self-published author. Jamie McGuire, the New York Times bestseller with her book Beautiful Disaster, went the self-published route. When her book hit the top of the charts, publishers flocked to www.customessaysonline.org
her with great deals wanting to publish her books. She signed up to do two books with Atria Books. However, when that contract was over, she reverted to self-publishing. She went back not because the publishers didn’t want her, in fact she loved working with them. It was the freedom she missed, the ability to choose covers and sending out an expert of the forthcoming book.

But this isn’t about her, it’s about you.

So lets talk Pro’s and Con’s of ePublishing: Traditional vs Self

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This table from Forbes gives some good talking points.

First let’s start with Traditional Publishing.

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Con: It can take years for the validation to come to fruition. Sometimes up to three years before you see it in stores.

Pro: You get an advance so that you can live while you write your book. (Yay for grocery money!)

Con: The Publishers take a hefty percentage of your books sales so you end up making roughly 15% or less of what you sell.

Pro: They line up editors, artists and other skilled people to help make your book look way professional.

Con: They also (depending on your contract) can take your book in directions you don’t love, and it’s your baby dang it!

Pro: They will get you into bookstores and interviews.

Con: You will still be in charge of doing most of your marketing. It’s on the shelves, but its left to you to make them fly out the door.

So to sum it up, you pay for their experience. Not from your own pocket but from expected sales.

And here is why we believe in Self-Publishing.

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Pro: You get the freedom to do with your book what you wish!

Con: It does require more elbow grease.

Pro: Your book can be out in months, a much shorter timeline than years.

Con: Your audience won’t get that dramatic build up for years and years waiting unnecessarily for your next book.

Pro: You get to keep the majority of what you sell.

Con: Is more money ever a con?

Here at Convert a Book, our main focus is to give you as much say in how your book turns out as possible. After your book has been converted and gone through a 50 step Quality Assurance check, we go over it with you and go through a round of edits free of charge. On the distribution side, our goal is to help you build a relationship with the eBook stores. We make all accounts in your name so the money goes straight to you and we take nothing other than the upfront charge.

All forms of Publishing have Pro’s and Con’s and we would like to help you figure out what kind of publishing works best for you. If you have any questions, feel free to chat with us or email us and we will get back to you as soon as we can.