Another service provider has entered the e-book market: Red Staple, who until now focused on services for music and film, has launched a beta of their automated service for creating distribution-ready e-books. Red Staple promises that:
“You upload your .doc file, insert images and links where you want them and export. We validate the file and provide a download link so you have your file to distribute as you like.”
Red Staple’s website is sparse, however, so it’s unclear if the author uses a web-based tool, or simply uploads a file.
The tool is free to use, but you pay to download the finished product (two edits allowed). Beta pricing is $29 (< 100 pages) or $59 (> 100 pages) for simple (text and image only) e-books, and $129/$159 for Enhanced iBooks (video, audio, etc.). I expect the final price to be higher after the beta period.
I think we’ll see a lot more of these services in the next few years, because authors are hungry for affordable services and tools that simplify the publishing process.
Here’s Red Staple’s official press release on the upcoming service.
Have you used any service providers like this? Planning to? I’d like to hear about your experiences.