The easiest and most popular format is a Word document. Upload your story in Word .doc or .docx format, and we'll convert it into an ebook. RTF should work fine, too. Anything Word can read, we can read.
If you already have an epub of your own, we'll accept that as well. We won't make any changes, but we'll gladly distribute it to all our digital stores for you.
Our conversion process creates a beautiful, high-quality epub for us to distribute to your choice of digital stores. You’ll also have access to a similarly beautiful .mobi and PDF.
We don't have one. At Draft2Digital, our goal is to support your style guide.
If you don't have a style guide, or if you'd like some direction on creating a simple one, do these things:
That's enough for our tools to build a beautiful ebook out of your manuscript.
We validate all user-provided epubs using the EpubCheck tool, which ensures that an epub will work on any standards-compliant epub reader.
You can test your books against the newest version of EpubCheck here.
We were not able to automatically repair an invalid epub.
We validate all user-provided epubs using the EpubCheck tool, which is a requirement of some of our sales channels. The following channels require valid epubs:
If your book fails EpubCheck during upload, you may proceed with publishing, but you will not be able to publish the book to any channels with this requirement. You may also correct the validation errors in order to publish everywhere.
You can test your books against the newest version of EpubCheck here.
We automatically corrected an invalid epub.
We prefer to leave user-provided epubs entirely under our users' control, but we validate all user-provided epubs because it is a requirement of some of our sales channels. (You can test your books against the newest version of EpubCheck here.)
When you see this message, it indicates that we encountered an error in EpubCheck and made the necessary modifications to your file to correct these errors.
We've got you covered. After all, we're famous for our customer service. You can call our support line and talk to a real human being during our regular business hours, or send us an email any time.
Visit our Contact page for all the ways you can reach out to us, and we'll get your problem solved quickly.
Our current partner stores include:
We can create paperbacks for any books generated through our conversion service (that is, everything except pre-formatted epub uploads). As part of the publishing process, we'll give you the option of adding a paperback version and we'll ask you for any additional material needed to make it happen.
Most importantly, we'll need a larger cover image to wrap all the way around your book. We'll contact you with a cover image template demonstrating the exact size requirements.
Not at all! When you publish a book through us, you choose which stores you want us to distribute to. And making these selections is as easy as clicking a checkbox.
We're always looking for great new opportunities for you, but when we add new stores in the future, we won’t make any assumptions about your books. We'll just let you know the option exists. If you do wish to distribute to the new store, we’ll give you the opportunity to opt in easily.
We want to support as many digital stores as possible. We're currently pursuing distribution agreements with:
We'll watch for more opportunities as they become available. In the meantime, if you would like to see support for a sales channel not mentioned above let us know at email@example.com.
You can change your book’s suggested list price just as simply as you set it the first time. When you visit the book’s Publishing page, enter a new price, and click Publish.
To do this, edit your book and skip to the Publishing page by clicking Publishing in the stages arrow at the top of the page.
Wherever possible, we will direct our partner stores to sell your book at the list price you provided.
However, the iBooks store requires all prices (in USD) to end in $.99. It’s a sales gimmick that they absolutely enforce. So a book listed with Draft2Digital at $5.00 would be rounded to $4.99 at iBooks.
Yes! When you publish, you’ll enter your book’s list price in US dollars. By default, we convert the provided price into the various currencies of your selected digital stores using the currency conversion rate at the time of publishing.
If you'd like more control over the price, however, you can click the link labeled Manage Territorial Prices directly below the Book Price field. There, you'll be able to set the exact price in any of our supported currencies.
This varies by currency. Prices in USD (United States) or CAD (Canada) are tax-exclusive, meaning any sales tax will be added to the price you provide. Prices in all other currencies are tax-inclusive, meaning the price provided is the actual customer price, and any sales tax (including VAT) will be taken out of that amount before calculating royalties. In both cases, we're providing prices in the form most familiar to the target market.
If you want to manage your prices in a different way, feel free to try out our Territorial Pricing feature, available just below the Digital Book Price field on your book's Publish page.
The short answer is that your books distributed through Draft2Digital are safe. We've ensured that our pricing mechanisms are fully compliant with the new laws, and we've provided Territorial Pricing control so you can fine-tune the results.
There are certainly aspects of the new legislation that will be painful to some authors and publishers (especially those who sell their books directly to consumers), but those aspects don't affect Draft2Digital transactions at all.
We will! Because we only get paid when you sell books, it’s in our best interest to help you promote your book. The two ways we’ll help you market your books are through metadata and end-matter.
Metadata is all the data about your book baked into the digital file sold through our store partners. Just by using our formatter, you help ensure that the title and author are accurate, that the book is connected to other books in your series, that the keywords and search terms are correct, and, in short, enhance your book’s discoverability.
End-matter are all the pages that help readers find your work. These include an Also By page, an author bio, an About the Publisher if you need one, and, best of all, a page directing readers to sign up for email notifications of any new books you publish.
From the Edit Book Layout page, simply check the box labeled "New Release Email Notifications Signup" and we’ll drop a page into the back of your book that will direct your readers to our sister site, Books2Read.com. There, your readers can supply us with their email address and, when you publish any new book, we will send an email letting your loyal readers know it’s available with a link to the digital store of their choice.
Books2Read is a site dedicated to readers who want to support indie authors and small press publishers. In addition to enabling Draft2Digital authors to send out new release notifications, Books2Read collects data from readers to make other recommendations of indie work they may enjoy based on previous suggestions. The readers are not charged for this service and are under no obligation to either Draft2Digital or Books2Read.
Yes, easily! You can set up pre-orders to nearly all Draft2Digtial store partners as far out as ninety days to a year in advance of your chosen release date. You aren’t even required to have a final manuscript or cover, as long as you upload those things no less than ten days before release. We recommend pre-orders as a way to capture readers' interest prior to the book's launch and build up a powerful boost to your sales rank on release day.
To schedule a pre-order, start a new project for that book and select a future Release Date when filling out the Acquisitions section. Then proceed through the rest of the publishing process as normal.
Our system will send the book data to all of our digital stores that support preorders, and your sales pages should start appearing within a few days.
Sure! These are sometimes called "No-Asset Pre-orders," and we offer full support for them. As long as you have a definite release date that's more than ten days in the future, you can schedule a pre-order.
Yes, you can make changes to the book's content, cover, and metadata (description, categories, list price, etc.) at any time, just as you would with a published title.
Please note that we'll sometimes run into distribution limitations as the release date approaches. If you try to make changes within three days of the scheduled release date, we'll show you a warning on the Edit Book page that your new changes may not go live at the distributor until after the book's release.
Draft2Digital has no up-front charges for any of our services (formatting, conversion, distribution, and sales tracking).
We make a percentage of each of your books’ sales, so we don’t get paid unless you get paid. Our fee at most digital stores is approximately 10% of the retail price (it's technically 15% of the net royalties).
After you've created an account, you'll be able to choose a payment method:
Since these payment methods all come with fees, we'll hold your royalties until they add up to a minimum threshold ($25 for checks, $10 for digital payments), but otherwise we'll deliver payments once a month.
Our digital stores all have different policies on their payments. Most of them delay payments by about 60 days after the end of the month in which the sale happens. We can't control that, but whatever we get (no matter when the sale happened), we'll send along to you in your next monthly payment.
US Publishers: If you're a United States' citizen using a US tax ID, Draft2Digital will not withhold any taxes. We will report your earnings to the IRS, in accordance with US tax law.
International Users: Draft2Digital is required to withhold 30% income tax for all international publishers and submit that to the IRS. We'll do that by default, with no extra effort on your part.
If your country has a tax treaty with the US, you can submit a completed IRS W8 form (most commonly W8-BEN or W8-BEN-E) stating that you're exempt from US taxes. Once we have this form on file, we'll pay you the royalties based on the terms of the tax treaty.
Draft2Digital supplies yearly tax records in accordance with United States tax law.
Send your completed, signed W8 form (most commonly a W8-BEN or W8-BEN-E) via fax or email using the contact information here.
You can read our current terms of service (with no obligations) here.
Most other ebook conversion and distribution services will limit the ways you can use the books they make for you. At Draft2Digital, we're proud of our products and confident in our service. Feel free to download your proof copy and use it however you want.
It doesn't. Draft2Digital acquires no ownership of any rights.
When you publish a project through our service, you give us permission to do the sort of copying and distribution necessary to release your book at our digital stores, but we never gain control of those rights. And you can revoke that permission at any time.
Book pricing can be one of the most complicated aspects of self-publishing, especially as you begin to expand to multiple stores (each with its own selection of vendor platforms and pricing rules). At Draft2Digital, you'll choose just one list price (in US dollars), and we'll handle the rest.
A few minutes, even if you have to set up your account first.
Upload your book, fill in some sales information (title, description, sales categories, and search terms), and choose a list price. We'll handle the rest.
Once you click Publish, we'll immediately start posting the project to the digital stores you've selected. However, the time it takes to show up on their sites is outside our control. The average delay is somewhere between two hours and two weeks. Every digital store provides its own range.
For best results, give us a JPEG at 1600x2400. But really, all we need is a tall rectangle.
We'll accept most standard image formats, and resize whatever you upload to meet the requirements of the sales channels you choose.
Draft2Digital does not currently offer these services directly. However, we do have a list of freelancers and other companies offering those services that we endorse. Please refer to our Partners page for links to their websites, portfolios, and email addresses.
The short answer is "No." The slightly longer answer is that e-books and print books are fundamentally different media. Our goal is to make your story look as good as we can on the devices readers use. Fancy page formatting doesn't always convert well.
If you've already published your book through another distributor, you can still use Draft2Digital to expand your reach and simplify your project maintenance for all other digital stores.
We don't acquire rights or require any kind of exclusivity, so you can do whatever you want with your book. Once you've seen what we can do, we're confident you'll decide to list all your books with us.
Draft2Digital makes it easy for you to maintain and update your book. Whether you're fixing a typo in the source document or updating your product description, all you have to do is select the project from your dashboard and make the changes. Then click Republish and we'll make sure your changes get posted to all your selected stores.
You can make changes to your projects as often as you want at no cost to you. We don't place any limits.
Yes. Draft2Digital's service is available to authors and publishers anywhere in the world.
At this time we do not distribute public domain works.
We do! We'll automatically assign an ISBN to any book published through our system free of charge.
No. The ISBN recording agency will consider Draft2Digital the "publisher of record" for any ISBN we own, but that label does not give us any rights to your work. All of our digital stores will continue to show the publisher name you choose.
Unfortunately, that's not possible. Once a book has been published to one of our partner stores, we cannot change the ISBN. If you run into this problem, contact customer support and they'll help you find a solution.
You may choose to disable the free ISBNs, but this will block your book from distribution to some stores unless you provide your own ISBNs. If you have your own ISBNs, just add them on the book's Acquisitions page and we'll use those. If you don't want any ISBNs at all, go to My Account | Manage Advanced User Options and check the box labeled Disable Draft2Digital-provided ISBNs.
For most sales channels, your sales should show up daily, usually around mid-morning US-time.
As we add new channels, some of the smaller ones may only provide data monthly. We'll always post your sales numbers as soon as they're available.
Sales records become Final once the reporting store has delivered a royalty payment for those sales and the royalties have been credited to your account. Vendors often delay 30-90 days after a sale occurs before delivering payment.
The balance in your account ledger represents the amount of money that Draft2Digital owes you. When we make payments, the amount of the payment is subtracted from your account balance and delivered via your selected payment method.
Sales reports show detailed information concerning sales that occurred during a given month, so your June sales report details copies of your book bought during June. Royalty statements, on the other hand, show royalty payments made to you during a given month.
The confusion comes from the delay between the time when sales are made (June) and the time when Draft2Digital receives royalties for those sales (July or August). So the payments shown on your June royalty statement might more closely match up with data from your April sales report.