Canadian Electronic Library

dèsLibris Additional Services

désLibris offers Canadian content owners free online ebook distribution and optional priced digital conversion services.

Publishers and authors seeking to maximize ebook quality, discovery and distribution may take advantage of these additional services:


Combining automation and proprietary technology, we are able to offer publishers high quality, rapid turnaround and low prices.

See HTML before you buy
Every title in the desLibris catalogue has been converted from PDF to HTML5. These are visible to member publishers on their dashboards.
Exact quote; simple ordering
Using the simple order form on the dashboard, select the titles and formats required, get a binding price, and place your order.
Rapid delivery
Your converted ePUB files will be delivered within one week; rush orders are accepted for more rapid delivery
Guaranteed quality
The Fixed Layout ePUB will reflect exactly the PDF. Where this is not the case, corrections will be done without charge.
Added features
Every title converted is bookmarked with chapter and section headings

Every book title available for distribution on desLibris has been rendered in HTML5 from a print or other PDF supplied by the publisher. Fixed layout ePUBs are simply “packaged” HTML. So the book that you see on desLibris is an exact rendering of the Fixed layout ePUB you will receive. The Reflowable ePUB version will be different only with respect to page layout, which is what makes it “reflowable.”

Say goodbye to:

Font copyright issues No copyrighted fonts are used in the process even though we preserve the original appearance of the printed products. There is no font obfuscation necessary.
Source files All work is done from PDF; no InDesign or source files are required.
Excessive review time For Fixed Layout, 100% correspondence to PDF is guaranteed.
Math and table problems Where these are present in the PDF as vectors/text, they will be delivered as HTML coded text, enhancing clarity and functionality.
Vendor hassles Fixed layout ePub files can be uploaded to all major vendors.
Language issues The process is language-agnostic. Right to left languages are easily converted.


Format Description Price
POD Print on demand formatted to Lightning Source specs $ .10/page
Web-Enhanced PDF PDF enhanced with navigational aids like bookmarked and tiered Tables of Contents and linked Index entries $. 25/page
Fixed Layout ePUB (2 formats/files included)

Fixed Layout ePUB provides accurate correspondence to the PDF supplied (works with iOS, and Kobo)

Fixed Layout MOBI is a fixed layout format with Kindle compatibility (best suited for content that requires fixed layout)

$. 70/page
Reflowable ePUB (2 formats/files included)

Reflowable ePUB provides device-adapted correspondence between the original PDF and the final eBook files. (Works with all platforms that accept ePub files)

Reflowable MOBI provides Kindle compatibility across devices.  

$. 70/page
All ePUB Formats above   $. 80/page
All Formats Above  All ePUB, POD and Web-Enhanced PDF $1.00/page
XML XML is the foundation of all formatted text. Publishers should maintain a richly-tagged XML file for every book in stock, because this is the generic format which will be usable regardless of current standards and styles. Add XML to any order. $ .10/page
Hardcopy  Surcharge for conversion from hardcopy $ .25/page

Prices are based on the source file being provided to CEL at content owner's expense.

The most common source file is PDF, but we can work from InDesign or Word (although extra charges may apply.)

All prices are in Canadian dollars.

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This option is designed for publishers who have completed their book in PDF, but need help in the creation of epub formats and metadata.

This package includes everything needed to submit ebooks to distributors like Amazon, Kobo or Smashwords. Or to a print-on-demand service printer. Once conversion is complete, distribution of epub and metadata to distirbution partners may be done through the Publisher Repository.

Under this option, Publisher supplies:

  • ISBN
  • PDF
  • Basic Metadata

We provide:

  • Enhanced PDF
  • POD-ready PDF
  • Reflowable and fixed layout epub
  • Full Onix metadata

This service item is available to all desLibris publishers for any title in the system. See here for submission instructions.

Distribution through CEL/desLibris is optional. All distribution choices may be set using the Manage Titles module on the Publisher Dashboard.

To order, go to your Publisher Dashboard and select Order Conversion. From the menu of items, choose "Discovery Package." Or work from the TItle Management module as described here.

After order placement you will receive an email confirmation; the materials (epub and metadata) will be delivered within a week to 10 days.

If you are starting with a manuscript (you have not yet produced a PDF,) use our Composition Service to get your book to the distribution stage.

More on Metadata
To learn more about metadata for publishers, read this book available for free on desLibris:

All Publisher Accounts have access through their dashboards to a repository of all their digital files on desLibris. This may be used as a backup or a way of sending selected digital files and metadata to partners and distributors through FTP or popular drive services.

  • Multiple distribution options
    • FTP
    • Google Drive
    • DropBox
  • Tracking of Distributed Content

Other Notes

Publiq gives publishers a subscription-based model for monographs in their catalogues.

Many monograph publishers have specialized series of interests for selected audiences.

Subscriptions provide new revenue lines for monograph publishers who have been limited to distribution of single titles in PDF and ePUB formats. Subscriptions:

  • Provide content groupings of interest to institutions and individuals
  • Build continuity with user communities
  • Simplify purchasing. One order/payment gives users access to many titles
  • Provide recurring revenue

Built on the desLibris universal reader, publiq provides simple access for users on any device or online medium, while at the same time providing DRM protection.

The system can be configured for IP-authentication (best for institutional access) and password access (for individuals.)

Library licensing may be limited to single-user access.

“Buy this book” links may be set in the library environment for individual purchasing.

The service is accessed by users through the publisher website. A publishers’ publiq site is open to the public for previewing; paid registration is required for viewing fulltext.

Get started without risk
a token-based pricing system allows publishers to control both pricing and customer access, but it also eliminates front-end risk, because costs are incurred only as new subscriptions are sold.

desLibris offers a new option to publishers for licensing content directly to institutions, instructors, students or others requiring single or multiple copies of copyright materials for course use.


Total publisher control; all transactions are controlled by the rights owner. Sales receipts flow directly to the rights owner’s account. There are no intermediaries and hence no discounts.

The simplicity of the licensing process promotes legal usage and reduces losses from secondary sales.

Get started without risk

Here’s how it works:

  • Content owners / publishers may load and display titles available for licensing on their branded Publiq site for exposure to interested licensees. All titles available through Publiq are also included in preview form on desLibris.
  • Individuals or institutions seeking licenses for classroom or limited-term use may submit requests through the site.
  • On the online request form, licensees indicate the terms of their request, including desired start and end dates, number of licenses required and any other special needs. Complete books or individual chapters may be licensed.
  • Requests are routed to publisher order desks, where pricing is set and permission granted. Upon receipt of payment or agreement, publisher provides a token to the licensee which unlocks the licensed content under the agreed-upon terms.
  • To redeem the token, licensees access the book through desLibris or Publiq, using the free desLibris/SONY e-Reader app to access the licensed content, downloading it for personal use under the license terms granted.
  • With a widget supplied by desLibris, publishers may also run licensing from their own websites.

In order to submit a book for inclusion in desLibris Open Access, the content or copyright owner must allow distribution under a Creative Commons license. More information on Creative Commons.

When you register with desLibris as an Open Access Publisher/Contributor, you will be asked to accept the terms of the "Attribution-NoDerivs" license to your book. This license allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to you.