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.
To learn more about our style suggestions, read here.
D2D Simple is the template Draft2Digital has used since the beginning and continues to be the default choice. If you have chosen a different option and want to go back to the classic D2D style, select D2D Simple from under the All-Purpose menu on the right hand side of the screen. Additionally, adding style templates has allowed us to open up the option for authors to change their book into block formatting (no indent). If you would like to take advantage of this option, which was previously only available through contacting customer service, select D2D Block from the Non-Fiction menu.
A book’s end-matter is a powerful tool for aiding authors in discoverability and even marketing. As an author’s catalog of books continues to grow, it can become challenging to keep end-matter up to date. Draft2Digital’s automated end-matter will update content such as the author bio, publisher bio, copyright information, and useful marketing tools such as book Teasers and Also By pages. By opting into automated end-matter, you only have to enter information once, and it can be included in all of your books automatically, and updated every time you make a change.
Your About the Author and Contributor pages are updated for you automatically, if you opt to have Draft2Digital keep your end-matter up to date on your behalf. So you’ll never have to worry about updating that information on a book-by-book basis.
If you would like to update the information in your author bio, update the bio of a contributor, or add or remove contributors and pen names, you can do so from the Account Contributors page, under My Account.
Your About the Publisher pages are updated automatically, if you opt to have Draft2Digital keep your end-matter up-to-date on your behalf. So you’ll never have to worry about updating that information on a book-by-book basis.
If you would like to update the information in your Publisher bio, or add or remove a Publisher profile, you may do so from the Account Publishers page under My Account.
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:
Yes! D2D Print is our print-on-demand (POD) service, which can generate a paperback version from your ebook, or from your own print-ready manuscript.
We can use your ebook file to create a print-ready PDF file for any books that use our free conversion tool (that is, everything except pre-formatted epub uploads). This allows you to use one of our free, beautifully designed templates to give your paperback a professional look and feel!
Even if you choose not to use D2D Print as your POD service of choice, we have you covered. As part of the publishing process, we give you the option of downloading a print-ready PDF file that you can use to create a pixel-perfect paperback at any of your favorite print-on-demand services.
We have entered into the beta phase of D2D Print, offering wide distribution to Amazon and other retailers, and to libraries. This service is for paperback print books and does not include hardback or large print at this time. Read more about it here.
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.
Yes! Our goal is to support as many digital stores as possible. We are continually watching for new markets as they emerge, and we are pursuing distribution agreements with a number of retailers.
If you would like to see support for a sales channel or retailer that is not currently included in our service, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Not all of D2D’s sales channels will accept erotica titles. At this time, we cannot distribute erotica titles to public library systems, via OverDrive, Baker & Taylor, bibliotheca, or to Scribd. If you select Erotica for your book’s BISAC category, or if your book is flagged as containing erotic content, it will not be included in distribution to library systems or to Scribd.
Yes! Everywhere except Amazon.
It will be submitted to Amazon for $0.99 (99-cents). They may price-match for free, to bring prices in line with other vendors.
In addition, we can only submit books that meet certain minimum pricing for files sizes: $0.99 up to 3MB, $1.99 for 3MB to 10MB, and $2.99 for 10MB or greater.
Wholesale pricing is a model that allows for an author or publisher to determine a suggested list price for their book. However, the actual price at which the book is available to be purchased is chosen by the store themselves.
For authors submitting to a sales channel that uses the wholesale pricing model, your royalty will be based on the suggested retail price sent to the retailer. This means that even if the retailer lowers your price, your royalty will be calculated on the suggested retail price that you set.
Currently, we do not offer any sales channels that have a wholesale pricing model.
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.
Yes! You can schedule a promotional price to your book via the Promotion tab on each individual View Book page.
Price changes should be scheduled as far in advance as possible for the smoothest automatic experience. While some digital stores may make your price change in hours, some may take longer. Keep that in mind as you choose the starting date of your promotion.
Library and wholesale pricing is not included in scheduled promotions. If you do not set territorial prices for your promotion, D2D will automatically convert your promotional USD price into local currencies.
Check out our video walkthrough of the Scheduled Price Promotions Tool.
Wherever possible, we will direct our partner stores to sell your book at the list price you provided.
However, the Apple Books 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 Apple Books.
If you set your book’s price to free, it will be submitted to Amazon for 99 cents. Amazon may price-match to free, to bring prices in line with other vendors.
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.
Referred to as CPC, this is a model that allows libraries access to the same title for more than one user. Learn more about library models.
Price Per Unit (PPU) is synonymous with Cost Per Checkout (CPC), a royalty structure that allows libraries to have access to the same title for more than one user. Rather than the full library cover price, libraries are granted access to a title and then pay per each loan of an ebook. This allows more readers to check the book out at a time, without forcing libraries to purchase multiple copies of the same book. You may see this referred to elsewhere as PPU, but Draft2Digital’s preferred term is CPC.
One Copy, One User (OCOU) and Cost per Copy (CPC) are both enabled by default for library distribution via OverDrive and bibliotheca (and soon to be enabled at Baker & Taylor). The OCOU royalty option is always live and cannot be turned off except by delisting your book from library distribution. Cost Per Copy (CPC) is also on by default but can be turned off account-wide from your My Account page.
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 Draft2Digital 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.
At this time we are unable to support pre-orders through Amazon. Pre-orders will continue to work the same as they always have with other D2D distribution channels, where they are allowed.
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 ($100 for checks, $20 for Payoneer, and $10 for international direct deposit, and $0 for all other 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.
While there is no "set" time for a book to be removed, we typically expect books to be removed from our subscription and retail partners within 3 business days. Library services generally take 1-2 weeks.
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.
Changes made to your book are not published to the stores until you take this final step on the Ebook Publish Step.
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.
No, if your book has been blocked on a retailer’s site we will not be able to publish it on your behalf.
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.
Yes, you can authorize another Draft2Digital account to create, view, edit, delete, or assist in price changes for books. To get started, activate this option under My Account > Advanced User Options > Enable Account Sharing. Once checked, you will be able to add users to gain limited access to your account.
Currently, we only allow for book management functions as part of our shared account control. In the future we plan to offer more access that can be controlled by the account holder, including reporting.
For more information, see the launch video walkthrough here
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.
Any time that your Friend sells a book in the first two years after they sign up, you will collect 10% of Draft2Digital’s cut from your Friend’s sales. Your friends will receive the royalties they would normally receive for any sales made. Draft2Digital (and you) won’t make any money unless your Friend does too.
Draft2Digital will share your friend's success with you for 2 years after your friend signs up. After the second year, your referral will expire.
Draft2Digital will not share an itemized breakdown of friends or your share of royalties accrued. For terms of service regarding our affiliate program, please read here.
Draft2Digital will list your title for sale on Amazon and Ingram's outlets only after you check "I have reviewed this book and approve it for release to print on demand."
We do not require authors to distribute ebooks through D2D to use D2D Print. You may use our conversion and layout tools free of charge, even without ebook distribution.
Your book will be made available to Amazon and to all distribution channels served by Ingram, including Barnes and Noble and most independent bookstores in the US. It will also be available for physical (“brick-and-mortar”) storefronts to order.
NOTE: Your books will not be automatically ordered and placed on shelves in physical locations. You’ll want to contact individual bookstores to ask that your book be included in their inventory, at the discretion of store management.
After you have published your work through Draft2Digital, we run your book through several processes to make content delivery as smooth as possible. Your title may go through additional screening or manual review after delivery to our printing partners. It can take up to 4-5 days before the next status of awaiting author approval to occur.
Learn more about all the D2D Print statuses.
D2D Print is limited by the trim size offerings of our partners. We cannot add additional trim sizes at this time.
Books are printed on demand which means that no copies are pre-printed or stored. When a reader makes their order, the best available printer will produce a copy and ship it.
The minimum page count is 64. The maximum is 740. This is true across all trim sizes.
A digital proof is a digital representation of what your printed output will look like. This should give enough technical information to give you the confidence to publish your work for sale.
You will make 45% of the list price of your book minus the printing cost.
An author copy is a first look at the printing of your book. It provides a general representation of how the printed book will look in production. Because of the nature of print on demand, the copy will not be a perfect example of your final print product. Many different production facilities can fulfill your print order depending on where your reader is located and current production demand. Only one printer is dedicated to fulfilling author copy demand.
The D2D Print Copy Calculator can help you estimate costs and royalties. Play with trim size, page counts, and price variables to find what works for you.,
D2D Print Copy Calculator
A small-run fee applies to author copy orders (ordered from the author copy site) of 2 or fewer books of the same title. For Draft2Digital to keep the cost of individual copies low, we needed to accommodate our printing partner's needs for short runs. The small-run fee for 1 copy will be $5.00. For 2 copies of the same title, it will be $2.50 total. All same title orders of 3 books and above will incur no such fee. Reader orders will NEVER incur any small-run fees, but readers do pay retail prices.
We debated forcing a 3 book minimum order, but ultimately felt that should be the author's choice. You know what is best for you. We know what is needed to ensure we have a sustainable model for print on demand services moving forward.
Yes! Those books are yours once you’ve purchased them and you are free to gift them or resell them.
Yes! You will be able to order copies of your book at their unit cost and use them any way you like, including giving them away as Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs), reselling, gifting, as prizes, etc. Currently we are only offering support to purchases shipped to the US and Canada. Although international shipping is possible, we do not have an efficient and low cost option yet for most of our international community. We are working with our printing partners to expand our international offerings, but no support is ready at this date.
Author copies and Reader Orders are produced by different printers. The quality of your final product will be on par with your author copies, but it will not be exactly the same.
No! You can upload your manuscript as either a Word document (.Doc, .Docx) or RTF and D2D’s automated conversion software will generate a print-ready version of your book. You will be able to choose a template from our layout options, which will be applied to both the ebook and print versions of your book.
With D2D Print, Draft2Digital is launching a Cover Creator. This free tool will allow you to automatically convert your ebook cover into a print-ready cover for your book. You will be able to use the Cover Creator to preview the cover, edit the back cover or spine text, and upload an author photo before the book goes live.
D2D Print supports the use of a preformatted PDF file, but at this time D2D Print does not support preformatted EPUB or MOBI files.
While ISBNs are not required for ebooks, they are required for a print edition. If you do not have an ISBN, Draft2Digital will provide one for you for free. If you have an ISBN for your ebook, you may not reuse it for your print edition of the same book. A unique ISBN is expected for each new format (i.e., edition) of your book.
D2D can supply you with a free ISBN, or you can use one you have purchased in advance. Your ISBN must be unique to the D2D Print version of your book, meaning that you cannot reuse an ISBN that has been used on another version of the book, including print or ebook versions.
D2D Print partners with a network of Amazon and Ingram printers and storefronts to make your print book available for purchase as widely as possible. Your fans can order your print book from amazon.com as well as brick and mortar stores (like Barnes & Noble) that have access to those storefronts.
At this time all print distribution is a complete package and à la carte print distribution is not available.
Yes! Being in KU or any other exclusive program for ebooks does not limit your distribution for print books.
As long as you do not use the same ISBN for your D2D Print books you may distribute multiple versions of your print books to any storefronts you choose.
Yes! Libraries that order books from Ingram will be able to find your books in their regular feeds. Librarians can order copies of your book as patrons request it.
If these stores can order from Ingram, they will be able to order your books. Your local bookstores will see your book as available on iPage, the tool that bookstores and libraries use to order from Ingram.
Yes, we do! We launched our payment splitting tool in November 2020. To learn more, read about it on our blog or faq below.
It can. Your percentage of royalties are assigned by the Collaboration Organizer and can be changed at any time. Draft2Digital will notify you of any changes made after you accept collaboration on a book.
Your Book Collaboration Organizer will assign your share of royalties to you. Draft2Digital will make payments as dictated by the Organizer.
For any collaborators who have already accepted their royalty share, Draft2Digital will notify you by email of any changes made to the payment splitting percentage assigned to them.
You must do 3 things to get paid:
1) All Collaborators must accept their royalty share percentage.
2) You must set up your preferred method of payment, including completing the tax interview.
3) Sell books.
You will get paid just as you do for any other books you have listed at Draft2Digital, on the same reliable schedule. Payments will be made under the name “D2D Collaborative Split Payout”.
Once all your Collaborators have accepted their royalty share percentages, payments will be made as normal on the same reliable schedule. Payments will show under the Publisher name you set for the title.
Yes, you will need to have an account to participate in payment splitting program. You can set up payment splitting via Step 1: Details of your book project.
Draft2Digital will hold any royalties until all collaborators have confirmed the collaboration.
You can see collaborative sales on your charts by clicking the “Chart Contents” tab and selecting “My Collaborations” under the “Book Authorship” label.
Your book sales will show as normal on sales charts, but with a reduced royalty rate to match your percentage of royalties.
No. Draft2Digital has not decided nor has any liability or obligation with respect to the royalty distribution amounts proposed or agreed to as part of the Royalty Splitting Program, and you agree that all disputes concerning royalty distributions will be resolved between you and the other contributors of the title(s) at issue and will not involve Draft2Digital.
Yes. Or you can split payments on just your eBook. Or just your Print book. We show both options and let you decide.