Once in a great while, a company shows up on the radar screen of life that delivers what it promises. Then you run into a company that delivers more than it promises.
That is the case with Bookow.com.
I'm technologically fairly savvy, but formatting, uploading, proofing, finding errors, fixing errors, uploading and repeating was making me crazy. I've turned my book formatting over to the pros before and, let me put it this way, I have spent a lot more on book formatting and received far less than full value. Far, far less.
This time, I submitted an MSWord .doc file to Bookow, followed the simple instructions and got exactly what I was looking for. No, seriously - I fed the file in at one end and in a matter of a couple of minutes it shot out the other fully formatted and ready for upload.
I made a few changes to the original document a few days later and sent it through the Bookow formatting engine again (no charge of course). This time, I mucked it up. Badly. Steve stepped in, set things to rights and I was back on the road. This guy is a lifesaver.
Use Bookow for your book formatting needs. You may regret a lot of decisions in life. This won't be one of them.
- K. Francis Ryan, Author of Echoes Through the Mist
I am an idiot. People don't get any more befuddled by technology than my good self. I am, however, a pretty good writer. So, I do what I do best and let other folks do what they do best.
The trouble is, Steve at Bookow takes "best" and pushes it by a factor of 10 to produce stunning, fully formatted documents ready for upload. His chronic overachieving is ruining the formatting business for other companies who try to compete with him.
What they don't know is, they are not in the same business. While they are busy trying to provide a service, Steve is delivering perfectly formatted books every single time and doing it in minutes.
For me, Bookow is the way to go - this time and every time.
- Aaron Aalborg, Author of They Deserved It
As the founder and CEO of a small publishing company, I needed a typesetter and format specialist who could create a professional product in a short amount of time. I asked Steve Passiouras of bookow.com to complete a publication project for me, and the result was excellent.
Steve's typesetting was beautiful--there is no other word for its elegance of form. The formatting changes that he implemented enhanced the entire layout of the book, and its professional quality surpassed that of the larger publishing houses.
Steve has my highest recommendation for book formatting, typesetting, and cover design.
- Dr. Norene Moskalski, Divinity Press
Steve of bookow.com saved my book from an early death and me from many more weeks of misery. Friends and fellow writers have spoken about how easy self-publishing was for them. Sure, writing was not difficult, but formatting was beyond my grasp, especially because I needed to insert images. CreateSpace community did help me learn to re-size images for my book, but the formatting kept me stumped.
I saw bookow.com on CS forum and emailed Steve. He has worked with me, answered my many, many emails and even caught a few errors in my document. The care and concern he took with me and my book were fantastic. I wish I had emailed him months ago and saved myself the agony of trying to format.
I recommend bookow.com to anyone struggling with the self-publishing process. Spend your time and energy on writing and let Steve handle the rest.
- Diana Amann Cruze, Author of A Life in the Day of a Lady Salesman
At a time when customer service seems to be sorely lacking, I feel like I struck gold in finding www.bookow.com. The help you provided me went above and beyond.
The software you created for formatting and page numbering is brilliant and now that I'm more seasoned (thanks to you), I know the process will be even easier the next time around.
Using your service has saved me time AND money.
Thanks again, Steve - you're the best!
- Maureen Barberio, Author of Gettin' Out of Bullytown
In today's daily grind of poor products, lousy service and exhorbitant prices, it is a pleasure to find a gem such as Steve's incredibly easy and powerful ISBN barcode creator. The only thing that I've found to be even better is Steve himself! First, about the ISBN barcode creator: It allows pricing information in the barcode which is a real plus; it's very simple to use; the barcode shows up instantly for easy download; it's crisp and sharp; allows scaling within the allowable limits of 80 - 200 percent, and if you need help (which you won't) Steve will personally walk you through it. Oh yeah, the price: it's free. No strings at all.
But I did see where Steve offers ebook formatting services, so I contacted him by email and uploaded my book design. He got back to me immediately and thoroughly answered all my questions plus gave me loads of valuable advice. We exchanged a few emails, and I enjoyed our conversations as much as using his wonderful barcode creating tool. What really lead me to contacting Steve were all the glowing testimonials. Well, here's one more.
Thanks for putting some enjoyment - and efficiency - into my daily grind.
- Chaz DeSimone, graphic designer
Steve completed the conversion on time, on budget, and every last detail was covered. I would not hesitate to use his services again.
- Michael Boyink, Author of Building an ExpressionEngine 2 Site for Small Business
As the owner of an independent publishing company, using web-based software like bookow.com to format our available titles quickly and easily was wonderful. Within minutes, we had professional typeset books that were ready to be published in both eBook and print versions.
We highly recommend this fantastic automated service to Indie authors and other online publishers.
- Alexandra Crawford, Editorial Director of Moonlight Publishing
Steve was great to work with - formatting eBooks can be daunting to a first-timer like me, but Steve was there from start to finish with personal, considerate service.
I'd be happy to recommend Bookow.com to anyone who needs a quick, manageable approach to preparing their eBook. Thanks, Steve!
- Ryan Gielen, author of Love Bomb and the Pink Platoon
I highly recommend bookow.com for their service of formatting of PDF, Mobi, and EPub files for authors who wish to self-publish.
I struggled to do the basic format for Kindle and also for Smashwords. I was extremely discouraged by the experience. I then looked around for formatting services, most asked me to submit my document for a quote and then the job may take days to complete.
What bookow.com has is a software that automatically convert a word.doc file into the desired self-publish formats. The process takes seconds, not minutes, almost instantaneous.
After reading the PDF file, I discovered a number of errors in my manuscript, some were typos, some were just additional editing. With Bookow's service, all I had to do is make the correction on my word.doc file and upload it again. It was so simple that it was like magic. No painful back and forth that will both waste time and money.
The best part is the customer service. Steve was extremely patient with me. He answered my questions within minutes. I never had to wait for a response. And in the end every thing turned out nice. The typesetting looks beautiful. I am very grateful for bookow.com.
Thank you again Steve for all your kind help.
- Sheng-Shih Lin, author of Daughter of the Bamboo Forest
For the past few days I have been helping steveoz beta test and debug his website www.bookow,com and I have to say that it will be a godsend to everyone who hasn't a clue about preparing their manuscript for publication.
I think the most important feature is that you can take a single spaced Word document with no headers, footers, margins or formatting (except for chapter titles) and within seconds of uploading your manuscript have a fully formatted PDF file downloaded to your computer is all of the standard CS trim sizes.
And the end product is more akin to an InDesign than Word PDF. Don't ask me how he does it, I am only interested in the end result and it is fantastic.
It is truly unbelievable. Once a title has been listed, you can reload the source file with corrections as needed and create an updated PDF instantly.
Bookow.com is the "Why didn't I think of that" solution to the endless number of authors who are struggling to get their Word documents formatted and ready for submission to CS.
You can go to www.bookow.com right now and download the submission guidelines and a copy of The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells to see just how fantastic this website is.
- Steven W. Johnson, author of Not Much of a Crime
I just wanted to thank you for your service, I cannot believe how easy it was to self publish my Seniors Travel Tips book using both of your services.
It was affordable and easy - if I can do it, anyone can do it.
The book looks so professional inside and out. The cover is great and the inside looks professional.
I highly recommend your services to anyone.
- Bronwyn White, author of Seniors Travel Tips
Michelle, as the author of that book Steveoz has just turned into an e-book, I agree, he did an amazing job. The book needed, and now has, 1,550 hyperlinks as well as challenging diagram and table issues.
Steve did the e-book conversion in 9 days, with about a dozen exchanges of emails as I progressively made life more difficult for him. This came after CS Services in effect turned down the job (they quoted, I asked them if they would be handling the diagram and table issues, and they just didn't reply).
Yesterday I ran Steve's epub file through epubcheck and received a tick, then uploaded the mobi file to Kindle without any queries or delays.
- Geoff Chamberlain, author of Understanding Strategy
I ran into problems trying to get my family history book in a file and format that was acceptable to CreateSpace. I contacted Steve and within just a few days, he provided me with a file that worked beautifully.
He redid my maps and pictures and designed a lovely cover for my book. I just got the proof and I couldn't be happier.
I'd gladly recommend Steve. You can trust his word and you can trust his work!
- R James Abbott
Thanks for a great service.
- William Horden
'Thank you' for your professional but kindly help over and above the call of duty.
We are looking at a reprint maybe in the next couple of weeks if the books continue to sell at the rate they are going!!
Have received soooo many compliments re format of the book.
Thanks for your previous help and looking forward to working with you again.
- Val Schache, publisher of Irene Gleeson'sDance of the Tragic Heroines
What great service!
- Judy Price, author of Sudden Deception