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01. IN WHAT FORMAT DOES AKAKIA PROVIDE ELECTRONIC BOOKS AND HOW TO READ THEM?

02. HOW EASY IS IT FOR ME TO PUBLISH AN ELECTRONIC BOOK?

03. HOW EASY IS IT FOR ME TO PUBLISH A PRINTED BOOK?

04. WHAT DOES THE BASIC AMOUNT OF £300 COVER?

05. WHAT DOES THE AMOUNT OF £200 FOR THE PRINTED PUBLISHING COVER?

06. ARE THERE ANY ADDITIONAL CHARGES? WHAT ARE THE ADDITIONAL OPTIONAL SERVICES?

07. I WANT TO ORDER SOME PRINTED BOOKS. CAN I DO IT?

08. DO I HAVE TO FILL UP THE FORM TWICE FOR BOTH AN ELECTRONIC AND A PRINTED EDITION OF A BOOK?

09. IF I HAVE A BOOK IN THE TWO VOLUMES OR IN TWO LANGUAGES, DO I HAVE TO PAY TWICE?

10. I HAVE WRITTEN A BOOK IN GREEK / ENGLISH. HOW CAN I TRANSLATE IT?

11. WHAT FILES SHOULD I SEND IN COMPLETING THE PUBLISHING APPLICATION FORM?

12. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO HAVE MY BOOK PUBLISHED?

13. CAN I SELL MY eBOOKS THROUGH AKAKIA?

14. WHO ELSE MAY SELL MY eBOOKS;

15. CAN I SELL MY PRINTED BOOKS THROUGH AKAKIA?

16. WHO ELSE MAY SELL MY PRINTED BOOKS?

17. AT WHAT PRICES CAN I SELL MY BOOKS?

18. WHAT WOULD BE THE PROFITS FROM MY BOOK AND HOW WILL I RECEIVE THEM?

19. HOW CAN I PAY FOR MY ORDER?

20. WHEN WILL I RECEIVE THE BOOK(S) I ORDERED AND WHAT ARE THE SHIPPING CHARGES?

21. CAN I RETURN THE BOOK(S) I ORDERED?

22. CAN I CANCEL MY ORDER?


01. IN WHAT FORMAT DOES AKAKIA PROVIDE ELECTRONIC BOOKS AND HOW CAN I READ THEM?

AKAKIA provides electronic books in .mobi format for eBook readers such as the Amazon Kindle, in a .pdf format for PCs and Pads such as the iPad or Android tablets and of course, in an .epub format for the most of ebook readers, such as Sony Reader, Kobo, Binatone, BeBook, Nook and Displex.

Accessing and reading electronic books by AKAKIA is possible on any computer, desktop, notebook or netbook, provided that the required applications are properly installed and running. Three of the most popular applications are the Adobe Digital Editions (www.adobe.com/uk/products/digital-editions.html) for .epub files, the Amazon Kindle for PC (www.amazon.co.uk/gp/kindle/pc) and the Amazon Kindle for Mac (www.amazon.co.uk/gp/kindle/mac) for .mobi files as well as the Adobe Acrobat Reader (https://get.adobe.com/uk/reader) for .pdf files. Another interesting application for .epub files is the ReadPoint reader of the Greek company ReadPoint (www.readpoint.com/applications). The electronic files published by AKAKIA have been successfully tested on the world’s most popular eBook readers. AKAKIA strongly recommends the Amazon Kindle, probably the most popular eBook reader, which seamlessly supports its own .mobi files and has no problem reading Greek characters. In addition, most of eBook readers support the .epub files in which AKAKIA embeds the Greek Fonts. Amazon has created a free application for iPhones or Smart Phones with Android OS, which can be found on the websites of (www.amazon.co.uk/gp/kindle/pc), Apple, or Android Market, respectively. By installing the Amazon Kindle application on a Smart Phone, a customer may purchase and download electronic books directly from Amazon. This application seamlessly supports all .mobi files of eBooks issued by AKAKIA, including seamless reproduction of Greek characters. Most Smart Phones support .epub and .pdf files as well. AKAKIA Publications does not sell electronic books with DRM lock enable through its website, because AKAKIA does not in any way endorse the complexity, the required installation or purchase of computer programs by the user and generally, any further associated problems causing dissatisfaction by the user. Users should also be aware that the Adobe Digital Editions application for reading .epub files, has an important limitation. The application does not properly support Greek .epub files that have no pre-installed Greek fonts. For example, in Unicode files, accented Greek characters are not supported. This is a problem that surely needs be resolved, because most of the available Greek .epub files, at least those that are available free of charge, do not include fonts. AKAKIA embeds fonts into the .epub files in order to avoid any possible problem! Should there be any problem with accessing and reading files prepared by AKAKIA Publications or any incompatibility of such files on an eBook reader, we would be very grateful if you could kindly email us accordingly.

02. HOW EASY IS IT FOR ME TO PUBLISH AN ELECTRONIC BOOK?

At AKAKIA, the publication of electronic books includes only two steps:

1. Filling out and sending the Publishing Application form along with your file, and
2. Paying the basic amount of £300 and/or the amounts of optional additional services, if applicable.

03. HOW EASY IS IT FOR ME TO PUBLISH A PRINTED BOOK?

At AKAKIA, the printed publication is considered as an added service to the electronic edition. It also requires only two steps:

1. Filling out and sending the Publishing Application form along with your file, and
2. Paying the basic amount of £300 plus the amount of £200 for the printed publication, and/or the amounts of optional additional services, if applicable.

04. WHAT DOES THE BASIC AMOUNT OF £300 COVER?

The amount of £300 includes the issuing of a unique ISBN by Nielsen ISBN UK, the set-up for the electronic edition under the professional specifications of a published electronic book, the creation of appropriate electronic files and the distribution worldwide.

05. WHAT DOES THE AMOUNT OF £200 FOR THE PRINTED PUBLISHING COVER?

The amount of £200 includes the distribution and sale of the Printed Publication of the book from Amazon and AKAKIA website, printing and sending 6 copies to the National British Library in compliance with the Law and the printing of a copy for AKAKIA archiving purposes.

06. ARE THERE ANY ADDITIONAL CHARGES? WHAT ARE THE ADDITIONAL OPTIONAL SERVICES?

There are additional optional services, which carry additional charges should you choose to take benefit of them. If upon completing the Publishing Application form, you also select copyright protection by CopyrightHouse.co.uk, an extra £100 is added; if you select the Cover Creation by AKAKIA option, you should add an additional charge of £100. If you wish to send us your own cover, it has to be created by a graphic designer in Photoshop (PSD), format 300 DPI. It must be 0.32cm larger than the desired in each side (right side at the front cover, left side at the back cover, up and down at the front cover, the back cover and the spine), for example 14.32cm x 21.64cm for a printed book which is going to be published in 14cm x 21cm. Αll elements in front and back cover must be aligned with the printable area (for example the 14cm x 21cm area). The spine will be created by you as well, after the setup is finished and you will be informed about the final number of pages, since its width must be the number of pages multiplied by 0.00572008cm. Furthermore, at the back cover, you must leave a space 5.93cm (height) x 4.06cm (width) where the barcode of the book is going to be placed. All elements (text, images) must be placed into separate layers. Finally, you must own the copyrights of every image you may use and you have to send us the fonts you may have used as well. Any file that does not meet these specifications, will not be accepted and you will be charged for the creation of the cover. If the cover follows these specifications but AKAKIA Publications believes that it's not professional or hasn't any commercial value, the publisher reserves the right to create another one, without any further charges. If the book contains more than 500.000 characters (including spaces) or / and 20 images, photos, tables or diagrams in total, the author must contact AKAKIA Publications at publications@akakia.net before sending the application, to get a special offer. Otherwise, the simple text, up to 500.000 characters will not be charged more and there are 4 charging categories: 1. Text and B&W Images / Photos [+£60.00], 2. Text and B&W Images / Tables / Diagrams [+120.00], 3. Text and Colour Images / Photos [+£180.00] and 4. Text and Colour Images / Tables / Diagrams [+360.00]. Furthermore, it has been explicitly stated in publishing application that if the book contains more than 500 footnotes / endnotes, you must contact AKAKIA Publications at publications@akakia.net before sending the application, to get a special offer. Otherwise, the first 50 footnotes / endontes will not be charged and there are some specific charging categories: 51 - 100 [+£15], 101 - 150 [+£30], 151 - 200 [+£45], 201 - 250 [+£60], 251 - 300 [+£75], 301 - 350 [+£90], 351 - 400 [+£105], 401 - 450 [+£120] and 451 - 500 [+£135].

07. I WANT TO ORDER SOME PRINTED BOOKS. CAN I DO IT?

The Author may order as many copies as they want for themselves at a very low cost, by sending an email to AKAKIA.

08. DO I HAVE TO FILL UP THE FORM TWICE FOR BOTH AN ELECTRONIC AND A PRINTED EDITION OF A BOOK?

No. I order to issue the same book in both electronic and printed form, you only have to fill in the online Publishing Application once, selecting "Online and Printed Publication" and paying the basic sum of £300 plus the sum of £200 for the printed publication, and the charges for any optional additional services. While requiring a different ISBN, the electronic and the printed edition do not require different set-up, so setup is done only once. Thus, AKAKIA issues the second ISBN free of charge and proceeds with the next steps for both editions.

09. IF I HAVE A BOOK IN TWO VOLUMES OR IN TWO LANGUAGES, DO I HAVE TO PAY TWICE?

The cost for a book divided in two volumes or issued in a second language, is double. This is because a second volume is considered a different book, let alone a book in a different language. Thus, each book receives its own ISBN and the set of volumes receive an additional second joint ISBN called SET ISBN, so that when sold together (as in an offer) the joint ISBN and not the volume-specific ISBN is automatically selected. Thus, for each additional volume or any translation of a book, a separate set-up is required, and so a separate Publishing Application form should be completed on line followed by a separate deposit of any required amount.

10. I HAVE WRITTEN A BOOK IN GREEK / ENGLISH. HOW CAN I TRANSLATE IT?

AKAKIA can undertake the translation from English into Greek and vice versa, always following a written agreement via email to the author regarding the cost of translation. An author interested in translating their work, must inform AKAKIA via email accordingly.

11. WHAT FILES SHOULD I SEND IN COMPLETING THE PUBLISHING APPLICATION FORM?

If while completing the Publishing Application form you select the "Cover Creation by AKAKIA" option for your book, then all you have to do is upload the file with your text in .txt, .doc, .docx, or .rtf format. But if you already have a book cover saved in a .jpg or .png format, then you should upload both text and image files together in a compressed file format .zip.

12. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO HAVE MY BOOK PUBLISHED?

With respect to both Electronic and Printed Books, once AKAKIA receives the electronic files and the required payment it will need 30 to 40 working days to complete the set-up procedures, to issue the ISBN, register the title with the National Library of England and the creation of the appropriate files for sale.

13. CAN I SELL MY eBOOKS THROUGH AKAKIA?

Of course you can! Once AKAKIA prepares appropriate files for the electronic edition of the book, your book will automatically and immediately become available for sale on the online store and www.akakia.net, www.akakia.co.uk and www.akakia.gr.

14. WHO ELSE MAY SELL MY eBOOKS;

All AKAKIA Publications' eBooks are available in the most and largest eBook Shops globally (e.g. Google Play Books, iBookstore, (iTunes), Kobo, Odilo.es, Scribd, 24symbols.com, Barnes & Noble, Bookline.hu, Bookmate.com, casadellibro.com, ciando.com, CNPeReading, e-letoltes, E-sentral.com, Ekonyv.hu, Elefant.ro, Gardners.com, ipubs.hu, Libri.hu, Lira.hu, overdrive.com, playster.com, redshelf.com, rockstand.in, Tolino, tookbook.com, tradebit.com, MyEbooks etc).

15. CAN I SELL MY PRINTED BOOKS THROUGH AKAKIA?

AKAKIA distributes and sells printed books through its website for Greece and Cyprus market, and via link through Amazon sites for the rest of the world.

16. WHO ELSE MAY SELL MY PRINTED BOOKS?

All AKAKIA Publications' Printed Books are available in all Amazon's websites (where Amazon sells print-on-demand published books). For Greece and Cyprus, all AKAKIA Printed Books are available via its website.

Any Bookshop or Bookseller, in Greece and Cyprus, who wants to order Printed Books of AKAKIA Publications, must contact AKAKIA Publications.

17. AT WHAT PRICES CAN I SELL MY BOOKS?

The selling price of each electronic book will be chosen by the author when completing the online Publishing Application form and AKAKIA sets as a minimum selling price the sum of £3 for each book. The selling price of the printed books will be set by AKAKIA Publications, depending on the production and printing costs.

18. WHAT WOULD BE THE PROFITS FROM MY BOOK AND HOW WILL I RECEIVE THEM?

AKAKIA will deposit 70% of only the net profit from the sale of electronic and printed books in British Pounds. In other words, the commission of the relevant service providers (Paypal, Bank Account etc) and / or the respective online retailer that manages the sale and the production online (ie. Amazon) will be deducted, including any withdrawal charges from AKAKIA’s Paypal Account to a bank or other Account if the author does not have own Paypal Account. AKAKIA recommends to all authors intending to submit their works for publication to AKAKIA, to create a Paypal Account, so that AKAKIA can easily deposit their profits. This will avoid the process of issuing cheques or other forms of money transfer, that are time consuming and burden the author with additional costs. Author’s profits are calculated twice a year (January to June and July to December), whereby at the end of each period, profits will be deposited in the author’s account.

19. HOW CAN I PAY FOR MY ORDER?

AKAKIA Publications offers you the following payment options:

1. Payment by phone via credit/debit/prepaid card
2. Direct deposit via online banking
3. Cash on delivery
4. Payment via PayPal
For whatever query or clarification regarding the available payment options, you can email us at publications@akakia.net

Details regarding payment options

1. Credit/Debit/Pre-paid card

1.1 Credit/Debit Card

Towards the final stages of your order based on the items in your basket, you will be asked to select a payment option. If you choose ‘credit/debit/prepaid card’, we shall contact you by phone at the contact number you have submitted during the registration stage, to complete payment.
Please note that AKAKIA does not collect nor saves your card details in any way. The customer card is used solely for the purpose of paying for the purchase of products from the website akakia.net and is charged only with the specific amount accruing from the specific transaction / order, while its details are not saved. This means that each time you will be making use of your card to purchase products from akakia.net, you will need to re-enter your card details.

1.2. Prepaid Card

AKAKIA Publications offers you the option of paying via prepaid card (VISA or MASTERCARD) which carry a limit determined each time by their owner. Prepaid cards offer the possibility of choosing the credit limit the customer wishes to have on his prepaid card. Using those cards to buy products from akakia.net follows the same process of entering card details as in the case of credit / debit cards.

2. Direct deposit via online banking

Payment of your order can be done by direct deposit on the designated AKAKIA Bank Account via on-line Banking.
During the confirmation stage of your online order, you will be asked to select a payment option. If you choose ‘by direct deposit via on-line banking’, you will be requested to make the deposit of the required amount within a period of three (3) working days, otherwise your order will be cancelled.
You may make a deposit of the amount of your order to the Bank Account of AKAKIA Publications, by completing the name and surname fields of the order form (Depositor) and the title of the book(s) you have ordered in the description field. Completion of the above field is required.

3. Cash on delivery (Cash only)

Payment of your order can be paid via the cash-on-delivery option. This option applies only for orders within Greece and only for amounts not exceeding three hundred euros (€300). At delivery, you will be asked to sign the receipt and pay the courier the designated amount in cash (cheques will not be accepted). Please note that couriers cannot give change or make refunds if the amount given exceeds the amount owed, so you must always make sure that you have the correct amount on hand during receipt of your order. For orders in Cyprus, the cash-on-delivery option does not apply.

4. Payment via PayPal

In your order based on the items added to your basket, you will be asked to select a payment option. If you choose ‘payment via PayPal’ you will be automatically directed to the official PayPal website where you can make your payment using you PayPal account details.

20. WHEN WILL I RECEIVE THE BOOK(S) I ORDERED AND WHAT ARE THE SHIPPING CHARGES?

Deliveries take place during working days and hours (Monday to Friday, 09:00-17:00) except Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays.

Options and charges for postage and handling are automatically calculated in our system, according to the delivery address and always appear before the confirmation/completion of the order.

Signing the receipt is required at delivery. Please register a delivery address where someone will be available to sign the receipt. In case you are unable to receive the order during working days and hours at your home address, you can register a different delivery address during completing your order form. Please make sure that someone will be available at the delivery address you have selected, as signing the receipt is required for delivery.

Please allow 2-3 working days for deliveries via courier within Attiki. Shipping: £2,50
Please allow 3-5 working days for deliveries via courier to the rest of Greece. Shipping: £3,75
Cash On Delivery*: add £2.08 to the above shipping charges.
*Only for orders within Greece.

Shipping charges for Cyprus: £10,00

GREECE – Free shipping on orders above £41.65*
CYPRUS – Free shipping on orders above £49.99*

* Applies to payments made via credit card or via bank deposit/transfer. Cash on delivery is the only payment method charged extra.
If order exceeds £41.65 in value and Cash on Delivery method is chosen as a payment method, then an extra charge of £2.08 for delivery within Greece is applied.

 

21. CAN I RETURN THE BOOK(S) I ORDERED?

You can easily and simply return any item of your order, either because you simply changed your mind (right to withdraw), or because you noticed a fault with item during delivery (faulty item).

The right to withdraw

You have the right to return the item you have purchased from AKAKIA Publications within a period of fourteen (14) days from the date of purchase. A required condition for the return of an item is that the item be in its original state. The cost of postage for the return of items is paid by the customer and a charge of €5.00 is applied for any returns from your home address.

Faulty item

In case the item delivered to you is faulty, you can return it to us within a period of seven (7) days, so that we may replace it with a new one. In that case, the cost of postage for the return of items from your home address will be paid by AKAKIA Publications.

Wrong item

In case you have been sent the wrong item, we will naturally proceed immediately to rectify the error, sending the correct item at no charge whatsoever to you for the replacement.

For any returns, please email us at publications@akakia.net

22. CAN I CANCEL MY ORDER?

Cancellation of an order can be done only if the order has not entered the delivery stage. Upon confirmation of your order, you will receive a confirmation email. At this stage you can cancel your order by email publications@akakia.net. You will also receive an email when your order has been payed and dispatched and can no longer be changed as well as upon completion of payment whereby you will receive an invoice by email.