Q: What is TWP Digital?
A: TWP Digital is our eBooks and mobile apps development division. We harness technology to transform traditional print projects into engaging digital books in the form of apps and industry standard eBooks for the customers of tomorrow. From books and comics to annual reports and catalogues, we believe in enhancing the reading experience through the use of technology. TWP Digital is also engaged in education technology by turning quality educational content into enriching and engaging digital content for students to have an entirely holistic learning experience.
Q: What can TWP Digital do for me?
A: Our strengths and experience lies in the following services:
Fixed layout and reflowable eBooks for B&N Nook Devices, Amazon Kindle Fire, Apple iBooks, Kobo Reader
Enhanced animated ePub3
Read aloud & text highlighting
Animations & Interactivity using current programming technologies
iOS/Android universal apps
2D and 3D animation
Interactive game design and development
Professional narration services
Sound FX and music design
Annual reports apps
Company portfolio & enterprise apps
Digital Rights Management (DRM) solutions
Q: What are the different devices the eBooks developed by TWP Digital can be delivered to?
A: We provide conversion services from native InDesign, PDF or Quark files into formats for B&N Nook Devices, Amazon Kindle Fire, Apple iBooks, Kobo Reader, Adobe Digital Editions and industry standard ePUB2 and ePUB3 formats. Find out more from our sales consultant.
Q: What is the difference between an eBook and a mobile app?
A: eBooks look and behave in a similar manner to traditional books. The pages of an eBook turn on a digital device like a print book. They are usually accessible using an eBook Reader on native devices or using a desktop eReader. Some typical formats of eBooks are .epub, .ibooks, .mobi, .kf8, .pdf just to name a few. Mobile apps are ‘applications’ on mobile devices. They are ‘apps’ you download on your Android or Apple Devices. ‘Apps’ is a cool-sounding name for the traditional name ‘Applications’ that runs in an Operating System’s environment. There are limitations to what you can do with an eBook as opposed to a mobile app as your functions and features are already limited by the eBook formats and the reader you want your eBook to be read on. Conversely, mobile apps typically run on Android, Windows, Blackberry or Apple Operating Systems that provide a wider range of development capabilities for programmers.
Q: How do I publish my eBooks and put them up for sale?
A: Most eBooks can be listed directly with the eBook retailers (Amazon, B&N, iBookstore, Google Books). Alternatively, engaging an eBook aggregator that provides listing services saves you the hassle of doing it yourself. A book aggregator may offer other services besides distribution, including eBook conversion and marketing services.
Q: Can TWP Digital list my titles for me?
A: Unfortunately, we do not provide listing services. However, we can advise you on how to go about submitting your works to the eBook retailers, and can also check your files for errors prior to submission.
Q: What are enhanced eBooks?
A: Enhanced or animated eBooks use multimedia elements (audio or video) or animations to interact with the content, bringing words to life and creating a more engaging reader experience.
Q: Do I need an eBook aggregator to publish my apps?
A: You can upload the apps yourself provided you have a developer account to the appropriate app retail spaces. We also offer app submission upon its development - we can help you publish your apps too.
Q: How are my eBooks protected during distribution?
A: When the eBook is listed in the appropriate online retail store, you can specify the type of Digital Rights Management (DRM) control you would like in place to prevent unauthorised copying and abuse. As a publisher/author, you specify the parameters, which are also dependent on the retail store. For example, the download limit across devices per purchase, the number of concurrent reading sessions at any time and so on. Please refer to the specific retail eBook stores for their full terms and conditions. While it is common for DRM to be available at the retail end, there are DRM free options - free public domain titles or those that the rights holder has granted to provide full access.
Q: I am not sure what enhancements I can use in my eBook to engage my audience further, can TWP Digital help?
A: Certainly! While we can develop based on your specifications or completed storyboard for an eBook or app, we can also provide storyboarding services that share our experience in best practices for eBooks and app development.
Q: What is an e-PDF?
A: E-PDF is basically a PDF without the crop lines. It is of a lower resolution so as to be suitable for web publishing as opposed to printing. Many vendors convert a PDF to an e-PDF manually, page-by-page. We have a patented technology that does this conversion automatically, in batches, thus reducing the time required considerably.
Q: What are web-based eBooks?
A: These are eBooks that can be read and shared through a browser environment. A connection to the Internet is required for any reading to take place.
Q: What is the difference between PDFs and apps?
A: PDF is a file format meant to transmit two-dimensional documents in the most faithful manner. Apps are a bundle of functions and features that provides users with more engaging experiences through a high degree of interactivity.
Q: What is the difference between 'interactive' versus 'enhanced'?
A: Enhanced eBooks typically refer to the inclusion of multimedia elements as components of the eBook, with little interaction beyond the activation of these elements. Interactive eBooks have a greater degree of engagement that goes beyond activation, where users can interact with the contents of the eBook such as playing a game, specifying character movement, manipulating a 3D environment and other exciting possibilities.
Q: Is there a minimum resolution required?
A: 1680 x 1080 would be ideal for images, to ensure maximum quality across different screen sizes and resolutions.
Q: Does it make a difference to digital publishing if the files are in CMYK or RGB?
A: RGB colours will be able to accommodate any colours produced in CMYK format and therefore RGB is the preferred format for digital publishing.
Q: Will color (like color photos) look the same on different devices?
A: Generally, yes, because we will calibrate it to suit the different devices. However, we must recognize that devices have limitations.
Q: Can you ensure IP protection for my books?
A: Our technology allows us to protect each eBook as it is delivered online to the customers through real time encryption. Our DRM technology is on par with what other advanced companies such as what Adobe is providing.