On Sunday we saw the launch of a new ebook making service, EbookBurn. This is a subscription based service that can help you make Epub and Kindle ebooks. Have you made an ebook over at Feedbooks? It's something like that.
Subscriptions run from $30 (1 day) to $7,200 (1 year).
Update: eBookBurn now charges per title, not subscription fee.
The service and the whole process itself is actually rather simple. When you log in (and subscribe), you are presented with a simple and easy interface. You enter the basic metadata for a book and then start building the book chapter by chapter. When working in a chapter, the interface looks like your standard word processing window (think Office 2003, not Office 2007).
When you're done with the chapters, you can then tell EbookBurn to make an ebook. You can make new versions of that ebook so long as your subscription is active, and you can still download the ebook after your subscription expires.
While fiddling with Ebookburn, I threw all sorts of junk into some ebooks. I'm pleased to report that the Epubs pass EpubCheck. That's an important detail, because you can't say the same for Feedbooks. I'm still not sold on the cost, but the validation does have some value.
On the other hand, when you factor in the labor involved in using EbookBurn, I think it might be cheaper to hire a part time specialist or invest in desktop software that does the same thing for a fraction of the cost. Sigil would be a good start, and I'm told oXygen is also good.