Please consider this an RFP for a long term relationship for the conversion of hard copy books to be converted to ePub and sold on the various online bookstores. There are over 10,000 titles to be converted. You should expect workloads of about 25 titles per month until we are satisfied and can move at a faster rate.
The process will be that hardcopy books will be scanned in our US office. The resulting images will be OCR-ed using our software or your own. Your staff will perform the verification of the OCR results and any formatting required for ePub creation. This also includes capturing of metadata to be used for each retailers search functionality.
It is likely that many titles will also require some level of graphic design work to enhance (or totally redesign) the front and back covers.
The finished ePub titles will then need to be submitted to the online retailers. We are intending to do this process in our US office, but are willing to discuss outsourcing this work as well.
Things required in your response:
Pricing Model Conversion:
We expect to receive pricing per keystroke or per page. Per title does not seem fair as the number of pages per title will vary. Pricing per hour is not of interest because we will have no manner to monitor and correct for ineffective operators. Pricing per keystroke is our preference because it is the most exact. However, we understand you may not have a system capable of logging keystrokes. Therefore, pricing per page would be acceptable as it is a blend of your expectation of average keystrokes per page. If you have another pricing method, we are open to your ideas. However, we wanted to provide all with our preferences.
Pricing Model Design:
What is your rate for design services such as updating or correcting scans of cover art? A per hour rate for this type of work is acceptable (billed in quarter-hour intervals).
Operational Model Conversion:
Tell us about your operations. What are you current processes? Do you have written SOPs available for review? What software package are you using for OCR? How are batches tracked? How is accuracy ensured? Will we use your software for scanning or will we use our own? How are your operators trained? How are your operators monitored for quality? Are you prepared to perform an online demonstration of your process?
Distribution Operational Model:
If you are interested in this part of the project, tell us about your process?
What else do you want to tell us? Do you have slides and marketing material, References, white papers and/or case studies? Hear is your chance to impress us. Tell us why your organization is a great fit for this work?
- Failure to provide the above will result in me simply deleting your response. I will take it as a sign of poor communication abilities.
- I indicated $10,000 as the budget because a response was required. We do not have a fixed budget for this project.
Thanks in Advance.