Fixed layout eBook conversion – case study

Client

A leading eBook publisher from UK who has grand plans of converting all of the popular fairy tales for children into ePub format, starting with Grimm’s Tales.

Requirement

We were outsourced the responsibility of reproducing books in ePub format in high fidelity.

Challenges

The task demanded conversion of heavily illustrated complete pages into ePub format within a week. Compromising with the final quality was unthinkable and he also had budget constraints. Above all the project was a big one.

Solution

We embarked on the project by bringing together a competent team of accomplished professionals with significant exposure to ePub conversion technology. The efficient team was again given a swift project-specific brief training and complete idea of the client needs and expectations were communicated.

The available manuscripts were scanned and a blueprint prepared using CSS for creating books with exact layout corresponding to the source book’s page design.

Compatibility and integrity quotients of text rich books and printed page formatting were ensured. The embedded images were fixed with proper coding to verify that they do not flow spontaneously to fit the screen size. Zooming in, text search ability and panning around features of text items was coded.

Our coders painstakingly defined the pixel specific page size for precisely controlling the object layout on the pages. Embedding of legible fonts, specification of proper text size, accurate positioning of images on page, and creation of  page spread in cases where the image spanned two consecutive pages was done minutely for accomplishing mesmerizing results. All efforts were made to preserve the printed page layout.

Benefits the client enjoyed while partnering with us

Creating of fixed layout eBooks is markedly different from creating standard files. The tedious task requires skill, experience, detail orientation and attention. Our professionals possess hands-on experience of working on this format. Low turnaround time for the project and round the clock connectivity with robust contact mechanism in place highly impressed him. We exhibited strict adherence to client specifications. Every step passed through multiple phases of stringent quality checking for error-free delivery. Conformity to all major online retailer’s guidelines and standards was ensured.

Outcome

The first batch of eBooks delighted the client. Our high quality conversion and adherence to all major retailers ePub standards spelled enormous success for client’s business. Not only he signed another contract with us but also referred our services to his other acquaintances as a token of thanks.

Satisfaction of clients is what inspires us for persistent commitment and continual improvement.