Draft2Digital Formatting Improvements

draft2digitalThe jury is still out (my own private jury) on this ebooks distributor, Draft2Digital. Their M.O. is noteworthy–trying to offer the best of what Smashwords does as in distribution to retailers while eliminating the worst of the Smashwords experience as in formatting hoops, delays and formatting hoops. Follow-up to a recent blog post on Draft2Digital–this email below just came on recent improvements:

As many of you are aware, we provide a free formatting and conversion service for your Word documents. Thanks to our beta testers, we have made many improvements to this system over the last several months. Most of these changes have been minor and released as they were completed, but starting today you’ll see this as well:

  • Preserve Scene Break Symbols – We now preserve the symbols you use for scene breaks while still recognizing that it is a scene break.
  • First Line Indent – We no longer indent the first line of a new chapter or scene in accordance with industry standards.
  • Whitespace Scene Breaks – Whitespace scene breaks are now smaller and can be used in places where a small amount of whitespace is desired.
  • User Provided Table of Contents – We can now use an embedded, linked table of contents to detect your chapters. We still do not require a ToC and will generate one for you, but some authors prefer their own.

Note: None of your existing projects will be updated to use this new styling unless you “Save & Continue” on the Acquisitions step of your book. As always, we strongly encourage that you preview any book that you make changes to before approving them for distribution.

We have also made some other changes you might be interested in:

  • CreateSpace Formatting – We have made major improvements to our CreateSpace formatting. Please take a look and tell us what you think!
  • User Provided Epub Repair – We now repair many more common user-provided ePub errors caused by many popular ePub creation programs.

We always welcome your feedback, criticism, and suggestions.

Kris Austin
President and CEO
Draft2Digital, LLC

Makes me wonder how well those documents look after their conversion process. I actually haven’t checked, have you? Mine are probably fine because I learned proper formatting from Smashwords. Yours? Sounds like everyone might want to inspect that D2D ebook they sell on iTunes.

How has your experience with D2D been? Jury still out? Leave a comment.

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2 Responses to “Draft2Digital Formatting Improvements”

  1. Catana Says:

    Thanks for the update. I’ve been considering D2D for distribution, but discussions on Kboards have had me hesitating, for exactly the points you quote. I just started first line formatting according to publishing standards and wasn’t looking forward to having that wiped out. I’ll still publish with Smashwords, for onsite sales, since a coupon is the easiest way to offer temporary pricing for an individual or a selected group.

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