With the popularity of ebooks continuing to grow without any signs of slowing, Data Conversion Laboratory and Bowker have teamed up to make the process of creating and distributing digital editions even more streamlined, especially for self-published authors. For its part, Data Conversion Laboratory is an industry leader in creating digital editions from print-specific works, while Bowker is the source for ISBN numbers, vital to publishing a book.
By working together, Bowker will enable its customers to access DCL’s EPUB on Demand service, which converts content for all major e-reader formats. Bowker is often the initial stop for ebook services, so the partnership streamlines the time to market for both authors and publishers.
“As the U.S. and Australian ISBN agencies, we’re often the first stop for self-publishers. Since eBooks are increasingly a ‘must-have’ for our customers, we know providing them instant access to a quality conversion service streamlines the publishing process,” said Beat Barblan, Director, Bowker Identifier Services, in a press release. “Bowker has been a trusted partner to publishers for more than 140 years. We searched for a reliable service that would enable our customers to retain ownership of their content and consistently produce an accurate, highly useable eBook. We’re pleased to be working with DCL.”
Data Conversion Laboratory’s CEO Mark Gross made an interesting observation in the announcement about the partnership, stating that he can foresee the day when the “e” is dropped from in front of the term ebooks, indicating that print and digital are considered equal concepts in the eyes of readers. With partnerships that work to make the process even smoother for those involved, that day may come sooner than even he expected.