Guidelines for Publishers
This document presents the material and the information that publishers must prepare when making their ebooks available for the market with Ellibs.
Any questions should be addressed to Ellibs Content at email@example.com
In order to be made available on www.ellibs.com, ebooks must be packaged with Adobe Content Server 4 in order to handle the Digital Rights Management (DRM). This implies a few technical restrictions.
Ebooks can be submitted in the following formats:
The ebook file has to be named according to its electronic ISBN and its format. For instance, 9780123456789.pdf or 9780123456789.epub. There is more information about ISBN in section 3.2 ISBN.
1.3. File size
The recommended maximum size of an ebook is 20 MB. Images inside the ebook should be compressed to reduce the ebook size. Ebooks over 250 MB will not be processed at all.
A sufficient resolution for an ebook is 72 dpi.
1.5. Front Page
The front page should show an image of the title. This makes it easier for the customer to distinguish the desired title in the viewer software virtual library . Otherwise, customers may complain and ask for it.
Please provide Ellibs with the ebook in its original format, PDF or EPUB, unprotected (No password, no encryption). Otherwise, packaging with the Content Server will fail.
Please provide at least the title and the authors as metadata within the ebook. This information may be extracted and used by electronic readers or viewer software.
2. Cover Image of the Ebook
Please provide the relevant file in JPEG format with the following constraints:
3. Ebook Information
Please provide the following information as metadata for each ebook.
Metadata can be delivered either via an ONIX 2.1 feed or an Excel spreadsheet. The Excel template is available at:
Ebooks have specific electronic ISBN numbers, not to be confused with those of the printed versions, for each format in which they are published. Thus the electronic ISBN for the PDF version will be different from the electronic ISBN for the Epub version.
The ebook and cover image filenames have to follow the pattern [electronic isbn].[file format]. For example, 978123456789.pdf and 978123456789.jpg.
3.5. Authors and Editors
Names of the authors and editors have to be provided. If an Excel spreadsheet is preferred, the name list should follow the examples below:
3.6. Publisher Name
3.7. Series, if any
For example, “Lecture Notes in Computer Science”.
3.8. Imprint, if any
The imprint can be either a brand name (for instance “For Dummies”), a partner publisher or a sub-division of a publishing group (for instance “Springer New-York”).
3.9. Year of Publication
Ebooks are revised by releasing a new edition with the relevant changes. The revised edition is identical with that of the printed version.
The language in which the title is written has to be indicated by using the corresponding two-letter codes from the ISO 639-1 standard. For instance, en for English, fi for Finnish, sv for Swedish, etc.
3.12. Number of Pages
If the Excel spreadsheet method is preferred, keywords should be separated by ’;’. For instance:
3.14. Suggested Price
The suggested price should preferably be given in Euros. If this is not possible, prices can be given in USD ($) or GBP (£), but they will be dependent on the currency exchange as Ellibs only uses Euro as its currency.
A classification has to be given for each title, at least one among these three possibilities:
The text on the back cover or part of the introduction can be used for the blurb. Additional information on the book can be provided by including a table of contents.
4. Submission of Material
Please provide any relevant material by FTP, CD or DVD disc or, exceptionally, by email.
4.1. By FTP
Delivery by FTP is the preferred method in all cases. It ensures that the ebooks will be online within the next day, if there are no problems, as everything is processed automatically. Access details for the FTP account are delivered to the publisher once the agreement between the publisher and Ellibs is signed by the both parties.
4.2. On CD/DVD
The relevant consignments should be addressed to:
4.3. By Email
Sending material by email should only be used as an exception. It may only concern a single book per email once or twice. If regular deliveries are planned, FTP is preferred.
5. DRM restrictions
Digital Rights Management (DRM) is handled by the Adobe Content Server 4 during the packaging of ebooks. The DRM mainly consists of the publisher ’s decision as to what customers are allowed to do with their ebooks in addition to reading them, for instance how many pages can they print and how often? How many excerpts can they make and how often?
The number of excerpts for copy-pasting can be defined, as well as the time period over which the given amount of excerpts can be taken. An excerpt is counted each time the user selects a part of the text and copies it to the clipboard. An excerpt over two pages is considered as two excerpts. Some examples:
The number of different pages for printing can be defined, as well as the time period over which the given amount of pages can be printed. Some examples:
To promote the publisher’s own titles through www.ellibs.com or organize any promotional campaign with Ellibs, please contact the Sales Department at firstname.lastname@example.org and deliver the promotional material to email@example.com .