Which languages does Babelcube support books being translated into?
Over 15 destination languages are available.
The languages available are based on our ability to provide sales channels. Are we missing a language you would like? Let us know.
Where will the translated books be available?
We will sell your books through numerous sales channels:
Will my book be available in a printed paper version as well as a digital ebook?
Yes. Through Amazon’s print on demand services, your book will be available in a printed paper version and sold through Amazon. Your book will also be available in a digital ebook format through global retailers as well as local online retailers that cover specific regions and countries.
How can I generate the files needed to publish the book as a paperback?
When publishing your paperback you have two options: use the PDF file automatically created by our system or provide your own PDF file. If you decide to use our file, the book will be printed in a size of 5" x 8" and printed in black & white (the cover can be in color). If you want to print your book in another size, in color, or a different format from the one we automatically generated, you should upload your own PDF file. You need to follow the instructions found here. If you need more information you can also watch this video.
How much does it cost a rights holder to have their book translated?
It is free! Before you make book sales, there are no costs. Translators and Babelcube are compensated via a share of the royalties from sales of the translated book. What’s the catch? There isn’t one.
Who owns the copyright of the translated version of the book?
The rights holder of the original version of the book, typically the author or publisher, maintains the copyright of the translated book, including the associated material such as the cover.
What rights to the translated book does Babelcube have?
Babelcube owns the distribution rights for the translated book for the first five years. After which, the rights holder can decide to continue using Babelcube’s global distribution network or sell the book via any alternative method they choose. This ensures the translator(s) will be fairly compensated for their efforts.
When posting a book’s profile on Babelcube, what am I committing to?
Nothing! Your book’s profile will be viewed by translators searching for a book they wish to translate. However, it will only be translated upon your approval. There are no costs for posting a book’s profile.
What do you mean by Rights Holder for a book?
As the rights holder, you must hold the rights for the translated work. If you have signed a contract with a publishing house or if you represent an author, make sure that you hold the rights to publish a translated version of the work in the territories you use Babelcube for distribution.
What does Babelcube offer translators?
Babelcube offers benefits to translators with a wide variety of goals.
Why do translators have an option to pair up to form a team?
Translators have the option to work as a team with another translator for a number of reasons:
What are the team roles for translators who have teamed up?
Each translating team will have two roles:
Can I offer to translate a book by myself, without a team member?
Yes. There is no obligation to work with another translator. However, some authors may decide that they only want a translating team.
How is the price of a book created?
The rights holder (author or publisher) sets the book price. This is one of the steps done when publishing a book at Babelcube.
How do I change the price of a book?
The rights holder (author or publisher) can change the price of a book by republishing the book, which is done by going through a short process at Babelcube.
What price can I use for my book?
We recommend a price for an ebook of $2.99 to $9.99 in USD, although any price between $0.99 and $39.99 is possible. Our recommendation is based on $2.99 to $9.99 being the sweet spot for the highest royalty share from some retailers.
Pricing should be higher for paper books. Babelcube has an online calculator to guide you when you price your paper book.
Free books are not possible due to retailer restrictions created by some retailers.
How are Rights Holders (Publishers and Authors) and Translators compensated?
All parties are compensated through a share of the royalties from book sales (Net Sales Receipts). These parties include the Rights Holder (publisher or author), translator(s), and Babelcube. Net Sales Receipts means the monetary amount received by Babelcube from sales of each book, less any cash incentives, distribution costs, promotional discounts, sales or use taxes, excise taxes, value-added taxes, duties, and returns.
How and when will I be paid?
Babelcube will pay you via your PayPal account. If you don’t have a PayPal account, you can set it up in couple of minutes here and link it to your bank account.
Babelcube will pay you each month when your account is over the $10 threshold. If your account is below the threshold, its balance will be carried over to the next month. The threshold is due to the transaction costs.
Our sales and distribution channels have differing payment terms. The majority pay Babelcube about two months after the sale of a book. When Babelcube receives the funds, it will be included in the next payment calculation we run for you.
Is there withholding tax?
US persons will not have withholding tax deducted once they have provided their tax identify information.
Non-US persons will have withholding tax deducted at a rate of 30% of royalties unless they qualify for a reduction.
Some countries have a tax treaty allowing for a reduced withholding tax. You can see if your country has a lower withholding tax in the Copyrights column in the US Internal Revenue Service tax treaty table. To receive the lower withholding tax, you must provide Babelcube with either a) your Foreign Tax Identification Number or b) your US Tax Identification Number (TIN). Through a questionnaire on Babelcube’s website, you will submit the IRS W8 form online to provide the necessary information.
How do I obtain a US Tax Identification Number (TIN)?
Non-US persons are not required to have a US TIN in order work with Babelcube. However, if your country has a tax treaty allowing reduced withholding tax and you don’t have a Foreign Tax Identification Number, you can apply for a US TIN, which could be an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) or Employer Identification Number (EIN).
Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)
You can apply for an ITIN by filing an IRS Form W-7, Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number.
General ITIN Information
Form W-7 Instructions
Employer Identification Number (EIN)
You can apply for an EIN by filing an IRS Form SS-4, Application for Employer Identification Number.
How to Apply for an EIN
Form SS-4 Instructions
Will I receive a record of my royalty income and withholding taxes for US tax purposes?
If you provided Babelcube with a US Tax Identification Number (TIN), you will receive a US IRS Form showing your royalty revenue and withholding taxes for the prior calendar year. US persons will receive a 1099-MISC and non-US persons will receive a 1042-S.
Can I see the Translation and Distribution Agreement?
You can see an example of the Translation and Distribution Agreement here.
How long is the agreement with Babelcube?
Once a translation begins, the rights holder grants Babelcube the exclusive license to distribute the translated book throughout the territories agreed upon for five years, followed by the option for annual renewals.
When can a rights holder (e.g. publisher or author) check the translation?
Rights holders have two approval points, where they can review the translation: a) after the first 10 pages have been submitted as a sample (cancel if unsatisfied) and b) at the end of the book's draft translation.