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Converting a standard text or PDF document into an e-book is a common (and inexpensive) service widely available. Legacy Isle offers this package to provide clients with the same high standard of editing given to our print clients, and a professional cover and text layout that will allow your e-book to stand out as a work of quality.

Package services include:



Once your manuscript has been evaluated and accepted by Legacy Isle Publishing, a professional editor will copyedit for spelling, punctuation, grammar and sentence structure (basic copyediting) in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style, an editorial style guide widely used in the publishing industry. In addition, the editor will review your manuscript for overall style, clarity and continuity. Legacy Isle strives to maintain a high standard of quality in our clients’ work, and therefore we require that any basic copyediting changes are mandatory. Other changes may be marked “suggested” rather than “required,” but we do recommend that you follow the guidance of our editors; we select them because they excel at what they do, and their job is to make your work clear, concise and polished. Our editors will not change slang usage, professional jargon, pidgin English or other instances where traditional spelling and rules  of grammar do not apply, provided their use is intentional, appropriate and consistent. For additional information on our Editorial Policies, please click here.

If the editor determines that portions of your manuscript are unclear or do not meet our standards of quality, you may be asked to rework and resubmit it. If the manuscript requires intensive editing services, Legacy Isle can furnish a quote for the particular scope of work necessary.

The same editor will review your manuscript after you return it with your acceptance of the text edits, to ensure that any further revisions are correct. The editor will then make a final pass through the manuscript once the book layout is complete to catch any typographical errors introduced during the production process.

The basic E-Book Only Package covers a manuscript of up to 10,000 words; longer manuscripts are accepted at additional cost.


Your edited text and up to 20 images are laid out in your choice of available Legacy Isle cover and text template designs. Your own logo or other symbol supplied for the book’s cover and title pages (where a publisher’s logo would normally appear) will be incorporated at no extra charge. You may also supply your own ISBN (the International Standard Book Number assigned to a book by its publisher for tracking and ordering purposes).

E-Book Package clients have three options for file layout formats:

  • Standard Text Layout—images appear above or below text and may be color or black-and-white. Text is searchable, and hyperlinks may be used. This format is reliable across e-reader devices. EPUB files optimized for iPad and Nook devices and a MOBI file optimized for Kindle will be provided. (The EPUB files may be uploaded to any e-reader device, generally without any problems, but have been optimized specifically to comply with formatting requirements of the iBookstore and Barnes & Noble.)  This option is best for text-heavy books with limited images that do not require specific placement. Due to the manner in which text can be resized in a digital book of this type, blank spaces may appear above or below text preceding or following an image. Clients may opt to contain images with captions to certain sections of the e-book to prevent flow issues of this nature; the appearance would be similar to a print book with designated photo sections.
  • Image-Based Fixed Layout—text and images are rendered as single pages and layout is preserved. This does not allow for hyperlinks or searchable text. EPUB and MOBI files optimized for iPad and Kindle will be provided. This format can be viewed only on iPad or Kindle Fire devices. It does not work on older generation black-and-white "e-ink" readers. If it is important for text to flow around an image or for the image to always appear next to a particular section of text, this is one of the only options available. This format is best for children’s picture books or books where layout is important, but you wouldn’t expect to find an index in a print version. Think of each page of the book as one large, self-contained image.
  • Text-Based Fixed Layout—layout is preserved, but text and images are independent objects, allowing for hyperlinks and searchable text content. EPUB and MOBI files optimized for iPad and Kindle will be provided. This format can be viewed only on iPad or Kindle Fire devices. It does not work on older generation black-and-white "e-ink" readers. If it is important for text to flow around an image or for the image to always appear next to a particular section of text, this is one of the only options available. This format is appropriate for books in which layout is critical and readers would need to search for specific words or terms, and/or hyperlinks are necessary.

Images should be provided in digital format (JPEG or TIFF) at 300 dpi and minimum 1200 pixels (4 inches) on the shortest side. If client-provided images do not meet our production standards (excessively blurry, over- or underexposed, etc.) and cannot be corrected in production, we may request that you have them rescanned. Clients who are unsure how to scan at proper resolution or color mode, or who do not have access to scanning equipment, may use Legacy Isle’s Image Scanning service. All image scans should be file-named or clearly marked to indicate placement in the layout template. Complete instructions for naming/marking images are provided once we receive your signed contract and deposit.


Each Legacy Isle client receives a CD, DVD or digital download link of the book in final layout as a PDF file. Each client will also receive both high-resolution and Web-optimized JPEG versions of the front and back covers of the book. Clients who add the Image Scanning service also receive high-resolution JPEGs of their scanned images.

Clients will receive formatted e-book files in EPUB and MOBI formats. The EPUB and MOBI files are provided without digital rights management. Clients can upload the files to the e-book distributors of their choosing (these distributors may add rights management to files on their end). Legacy Isle provides files optimized for the iPad, Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook. The EPUB files we provide can generally be uploaded to any e-book distribution service or device without complication; we provide the optimization for these devices to ensure compatibility with these most-popular platforms. If you have a concern regarding specific device compatibility, please advise your project coordinator.

An e-book file is useful only for viewing on a device that reads this type of file format; most computers cannot handle EPUB or MOBI files without a dedicated viewing program, and some interfaces (such as iBooks) work only on mobile devices and not on desktop or laptop computers.

Clients should keep in mind that there are a wide variety of e-reader devices available on the market. Older models may not be able to render detailed images as clearly, do not allow “pinch” resizing and scrolling of images (images can only be made as large as the device screen), and do not have color screens. They are incapable of properly viewing the fixed-layout format files. Newer devices have more advanced capabilities and display functions. Consider the primary purpose of your book and how it will most likely be consumed in digital format.

We do not offer end-user support, nor advise clients on distributing their e-book files.




Legacy Isle Publishing does not accept every manuscript submitted. Legacy Isle does NOT accept poetry manuscripts or works of fiction, with the exception of children’s picture books. When you submit your materials and service order form, our team will perform an initial evaluation of your manuscript and images. Legacy Isle reserves the right to reject works that we consider defamatory, illicit or in poor taste. We may also decline a submission if the materials cannot be brought up to our professional standards. For example, your manuscript may need further editorial work, perhaps with input from a professional editor, or your images may be poorly scanned or of insufficient resolution.

Once your materials have received their initial evaluation and accepted, we will invoice you, based on the services requested, for a non-refundable 25% deposit. As soon as we receive your deposit and a signed copy of your Legacy Isle contract, your manuscript will move on to the Editorial Review stage.

Once the Editorial Review has been completed, you’ll receive your first proof. If, after reviewing it, you choose not to accept the mandatory editorial changes, you may opt to terminate the Legacy Isle Publishing contract for services and walk away with a professionally edited copy of your manuscript. Your 25% deposit is non-refundable.

You will be invoiced for a second payment of 50% of total fees when you receive the first proof. Payment is due with the return of the proof indicating acceptance of the editorial changes. Once the payment and signed proof are received, the book will move on to the production stage for its printer-ready layout.

Your final payment of 25%, plus any additional fees incurred or extra services added during the process, is due upon acceptance of the final proof.

All charges are subject to Hawai‘i General Excise Tax of 4.712%.


Clients have the opportunity to proof their book at two stages during the process. The first of these is the manuscript proof provided after the editor’s initial copyediting and review. The second proof will be a layout provided after your manuscript (and images and captions, if applicable) have gone through layout production. This will be your final opportunity to check for errors and confirm that the layout is correct before the book goes to the conversion service. A follow-up confirmation proof (to confirm that requested changes to the layout proof were made correctly) will be issued via PDF. Any additional revisions requested at this time or after this confirmation proof is accepted will incur additional charges.


Legacy Isle Publishing makes every effort to provide accurate, quality service on schedule. Our editors may, on occasion, overlook an error in the editorial or production stages. We assume no liability for the factual correctness of your manuscript, nor your adherence to U.S. copyright law. Each Legacy Isle client is solely responsible for the claims made and advice dispensed in his or her manuscript and for obtaining the correct and necessary rights and permissions to publish any material included in the finished product.

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