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Previously in beta, the Vook ebook creation and publishing system has now gone live.  Here is a bit on the publishing part of the system from Publishers Weekly:

Once an e-book is styled and meta data, marketing and pricing information has been entered, the system creates a preview e-book that is e-mailed to a customer’s address and can be opened in e-book software like iBooks. Then, after making any necessary changes, users can either get an ISBN and distribute the e-book through Vook to Amazon, iBooks and BN.com, or download the packaged file and upload it to e-bookstores themselves. Vook then provides a sales-tracking dashboard as well as royalty payments.

Pricing is structured for large and small publishers.  Annual account fees range from $79/ month (or $849 for a year) at the basic level to $299 per month ($3,199 for a year); Vook is also offering custom enterprise accounts. Then, distribution of e-books–sending the finished product to the e-bookstores–requires “distribution credits,” which cost $99 each but can be bought at bulk discount pricing. There is a $59 maintenance fee for authors or publishers who cancel their Vook accounts but still want their e-books to remain on sale. Vook becomes the de-facto vendor for all publishers using their platform, though the word “Vook” does not appear anywhere in the e-book itself.

To promote the platform, Vook has formed a partnership with the Council for Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) to enable their member publishers to use the platform at discounted pricing ranging from $199 for three e-books (without distribution credits) to $1999 for a package that includes roughly 200 standard or 25 enhanced e-books.

More details, including a shot of the user interface, in the article.


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