Ebook Conversion: The Costs of Low-Cost

When publishers first turned their back-lists over to cheap digital conversion houses, “they did the right thing for the wrong reason,” according to one industry insider.

“It allowed them to enter a new market quickly and with low initial investment,” software engineer and ebook developer Benjamin Denckla writes for Publishing Perspectives. But publishers must think of ebooks as software, and all software needs to be updated.

That need grows more glaring as e-reading technologies develop, while many of the earliest ebook files remain hampered by the limitations of first-generation e-readers.

It’s a problem that involves fixing lingering typos but encompasses much more, and, as Denckla sees it, it’s a first step toward the pushing the entire ebook business forward.


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