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Q. Will Daytona Press print a book on any subject?
A. Yes, as long as it is not a violation of any other Copyright, nor of any proprietary right; that it is not scandalous, libelous, or that it is not violative of any right of privacy.

Q. Will Daytona Press print a book of any length?
A. Yes however, the digital or short-run printing equipment blocks the spine better when the page count is at least 100 or approximately 30,000 words. Any fewer than 100 pages will not allow for satisfactory printing on the spine.

Q. What is the size of the digital or short-run printing paperback book?
A. The finished book is considered as being a trade paperback, 5.5 inches X 8.5 inches trimmed.

Q. How is the paperback book bound?
A. Our paperback book is considered Perfect Bound using a hot glue technique.

Q. What kind of material is used for the cover on the paperback book?
A. Our in-stock cover material is a lustro patina white 80 pound paper. Other cover stock can be special ordered.

Q. What does the standard finished book and cover look like?
A. Covers can have a graphic in the millions of colors for the front. The back cover can include an author bio and photograph, selected reviews, and or a sales pitch. Allow for at least one-half inch margin around perimeter. Inside text, except for the title page, is usually set up with size 11 or 12 Times New Roman font. Chapters are at the top of a page in bold with half a space prior to the text.

Q. Can Daytona Press customize the paperback book?
A. While customization is possible, it involves additional time which translates into additional costs. However, you as the publisher, may customize and print your work to a PDF file that we will print without extra charges.

Q. What is PDF?
A. PDF, Portable Document Format, is like a snapshot or picture of your work. Once in this format, we print the picture you have taken. Limitations might be inserting color graphics between text pages.

Q. What are some examples of a custom book?
A. An author may want additional text or graphics on the inside of the front and back cover. Special formatting at the beginning of each chapter. Larger or smaller and different fonts may be used.

Q. Can Daytona Press produce the larger 8.5 inches X 11 inches or hard cover books?
A. Daytona Press expects to install additional equipment to produce larger specialty and hard cover books in 2005.

Q. Will Daytona Press produce electronic books?
A. For a small fee, Daytona Press will format an eBook master disk for your use to copy and distribute for sale or gifts. The eBook will be our proprietary self-executing program that performs like that of an Internet browser. Remember, as an independent publisher, you own all the rights.

Q. What is the fee for formatting a standard paperback book?
A. Initially, there is a $250 setup fee which will include one galley proof for a final edit, and six finished copies after siqn off of the final edit galley proof.

Q. What happens if the independent publisher / author, finds additional edits after the first galley is signed off and returned to Daytona Press?
A. The independent publisher / author may have an additional galley proof to edit text for a fee of $25.00. This fee will not include any additional finished copies.

Q. May I purchase additional copies of my book?
A. Of course! Additional copies of a standard book may be purchased based on per page price of $0.03 or 50% of the suggested retail price, which ever is less.

Q. How many additional books may I purchase?
A. There is no limit. You may purchase any number from one on up.

Q. Is there a shipping charge for ordered books?
A. Media Rate shipping charges are assessed based on weight rounded to the next higher pound plus tracking plus $2.50 handling fee. If picked up on-site, there is no shipping charge.

Q. How will Daytona Press accept payment?
A. Daytona Press will accept cash, check, money order, or Visa and Master Cards.

Q. Tell me about ISBN / EAN Bookland barcodes?
A. The ISBN / EAN barcode is a unique machine-readable identification number, which marks any book unmistakably. A supplimental price code number can be added to the barcode, signifying the price of the book.

For 30 years the ISBN has revolutionized the international book-trade. 159 countries and territories are officially ISBN members.

By assigning a unique ten-digit number, soon to be thirteen-digits, to each published title, the system provides that title with its own, unduplicated, internationally recognized "identity". Publishers, booksellers, libraries and other participants in the book industry use ISBN to identify publications in order to expedite their handling and retrieval. ISBN ensures that ordering, inventory control and accounting are executed more efficiently.

The ISBN number is, in effect, the master catalog number, accessed from the "Books in Print" database, used by all book retailers. You can specify that number on any of the online retailers to find a certain book. The "bricks and mortar" book stores can quickly find a book for you if you know the ISBN number, too.

Q. How do I obtain an ISBN?
A. The author may apply for ISBNs by going to R.R. Bowker or Daytona Press can assign one of its ISBNs and deliver an assignment to the author.

Q. What is a publishing services provider?
A. A publishing services provider allows you to publish your book. You are the publisher. We provide the support and infrastructure necessary to accomplish this goal. Acting as a "back office," our staff handles the design and layout of your book. Once finished and approved, we traffic and fulfill all book orders.

Q. Is this vanity publishing?
A. No. Vanity publishers will charge you thousands of dollars to print large quantities, 100 or more, of books they will not help you sell. Daytona Press does not require you to purchase any books. Also, since vanity publishers use the printing technology of traditional publishers, their costs are inherently high. Daytona Press uses modern computer and digital or short-run printing technology to keep costs down, freeing up resources to provide a wide array of services. Vanity publishers provide a one-time service.

What Daytona Press does that a vanity publisher does not:

  • process book orders and book fulfillment
  • payment of royalties
  • indefinite availability
  • lifetime support

Q. What is short-run digital publishing?
A. Short-run printing means exactly what it implies: we print books as they are ordered. We use modern technology to store and print your book in electronic form, removing the need for a warehouse and large print runs. This method reduces two of the greatest costs in publishing, allowing more authors to publish and to have their books remain in print forever.

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