Hillcrest Media’s ebook conversion software is designed to assist authors and publishers in converting manuscripts or PDFs of existing titles) into fully formatted eBook files. The software can convert documents from almost any file format using automation and hand-formatting. The software then takes the newly formatted proprietary master file and instantly converts it into four types of eBook file that include a MOBI version (for Kindle devices) and three EPUB versions (one for Apple devices, one for Nook devices, and a general ePub for other tablets). Development for the software began in late 2009, when the company noticed compatibility problems with PDF to eBook conversion with its own titles. At the time, most options for automated conversion required works to be in pure text form and offered very limited formatting customization.
Another useful tool designed for efficiency and effectiveness, Hillcrest’s publishing workflow management system guides authors through each step of the publishing and post-publishing process and includes a variety of possible steps and sub-steps. Hillcrest Media released version 3.0 of the system in 2013 and version 4.0 was released in May 2015. It features 1,800+ possible combinations of book publishing workflows and various configuration options for individual customization. The software can track all versions of a particular manuscript and allows authors complete control of the book’s entire life- cycle. Additionally, it enables authors to remain involved in the published book’s marketing and sales with tools for real-time inventory management, printing management, and the creation of customized discount codes. The system also allows for communication between the author, Hillcrest staff, and involved parties such as outside contractors or licensees.
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