Category: republishing

If I Was

| THE BRIEF

Midge Ure, Ultravox band member, approached us to create an updated, cutting-edge digital edition of his biography, If I Was. He wanted it to be a collaboration with his fans and invited them to submit photos to illustrate it. He also liked the idea of recording a short introductory video to be embedded at the beginning of the eBook, as well as linking to YouTube videos of specific performances mentioned in the book, so that the reader could relive the experience as he told his story.

| THE CHALLENGE

Once we had all the new content (new chapters, new pictures, new video content and YouTube links), we had to add each element at the most appropriate chapter in the text. We then had to assess the best way of formatting the content so that it looked great on a variety of eReaders, whilst keeping the file size low so that the more complicated elements were not slow to load. Some of the old fan photos were not the best quality and needed sharpening up and cropping before they could be used.

| THE RESULT

A cutting-edge digital edition that embraced all the technology available. We partnered with Kobo for an exclusive limited edition, which contained a Kobo-specific welcome video explaining Kobo’s social media integration and how fans could comment on passages of the eBook via their Facebook accounts to share memories, etc.

Buy a copy of the Kobo special edition of If I Was here.

The Gentle Art of Domesticity

| THE BRIEF

Jane Brocket came to us wanting to republish The Gentle Art of Domesticity as an eBook.

| THE CHALLENGE

The original glossy hardback book was gorgeous – both in terms of the careful page layouts and the rich photographs – and we needed to create a digital equivalent. Also, as the book was about domestic crafts, we needed to keep that homely feel whilst transitioning to digital. As the images had been precisely placed in the hardback so that the description and illustration of each project appeared next to each other, we originally tried fixed-layout conversion. Unfortunately, this resulted in some of the images being very small when read on smartphones. We then settled on reflowable ePub, which meant that we had to alter the layout of the text and pictures, as this gave a better reader experience.

| THE RESULT

A beautiful eBook that closely reflects the layout of the original print book without losing any of the vibrancy of the images.

Buy the stunning iPad edition here.

See some of her striking images on Instagram here or check out her blog here.

Judith Summers

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| THE BRIEF

Judith Summers wanted to make the most of her commercial backlist, which was a mixture of different styles.  She had previously attempted to turn her paperbacks into eBooks using DIY self-publishing tools, but was incredibly frustrated with the conversion process and ultimately disappointed in her sales.

| THE CHALLENGE

We needed to give the dated book covers a complete rebrand, push them out to a totally new audience and get retailers excited about them again. The books were very different, in different genres and appealed to different readers, yet we needed to create some continuity across the jackets.

| THE RESULT

Three unique, but modern and elegant cover designs and a new revenue stream for the author. We managed to get Dear Sister included in Amazon’s 100 under £2.99 promotion and in one month sales reached over 14,000 units. The title also achieved some excellent chart positions: No.1 of Amazon’s Historical Fiction chart, No.1 of Amazon’s Jewish Fiction chart and No. 26 of the Paid Kindle Top 100.

Twenty-eight years after it was first published, Dear Sister was No.1 on Amazon’s Historical Fiction chart… I’ve now probably sold more downloads of my first novel than I ever did hard copies.” – Judith Summers

To see an example of the original jackets before we redesigned them, click here.