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What is a fixed-layout EPUB?


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Digital Publishing Fundamentals

with William Everhart

Video: What is a fixed-layout EPUB?

There is another type of EPUB that doesn't quite fit the typical description: the fixed-layout EPUB. So, what is so special about this form of EPUB? Primarily, its content is not re- flowable, but yet the text is still accessible to the reader. This allows them to search, copy, and bookmark that text. The author has greater control over the layout of content, including full-page and two-page spread imagery. At first glance, the fixed-layout EPUB can be easily mistaken for a PDF document, because the display is very similar.

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Digital Publishing Fundamentals
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Devices like the Apple iPad have changed the way the world consumes media, and now anyone can adopt a digital publishing model and share their content with an audience. This course clearly defines the terms and types of digital formats, including EPUB, iBooks, ebooks, "enhanced" EPUB, and PDF, as well as their pros and cons, and helps you decide which media type best matches your content now, and which type you might want to migrate to in the future. The course also provides an overview of a typical digital publishing workflow and the software setup you'll need to get started.

Topics include:
  • Is print dead?
  • Understanding digital publishing terminology
  • Comparing an EPUB to a fixed-layout EPUB
  • Publishing with PDFs
  • Understanding the benefits and shortcomings of ebook apps
  • Working with InDesign, Word, and iBooks Author
  • Understanding distribution options
  • Selecting a publishing format
Subjects:
Design Digital Publishing
Author:
William Everhart

What is a fixed-layout EPUB?

There is another type of EPUB that doesn't quite fit the typical description: the fixed-layout EPUB. So, what is so special about this form of EPUB? Primarily, its content is not re- flowable, but yet the text is still accessible to the reader. This allows them to search, copy, and bookmark that text. The author has greater control over the layout of content, including full-page and two-page spread imagery. At first glance, the fixed-layout EPUB can be easily mistaken for a PDF document, because the display is very similar.

Authors can use typical Desktop Publishing features like text wrap and object positioning with the confidence that it will be respected in a fixed-layout EPUB. This is great for documents were the layout is just as important as the content is to its effectiveness. Designers love the idea that their vision is maintained, no matter what device is used by the reader. And readers love the look and feel of the advanced layouts. Fixed-layout EPUBs can be much more than just a linear stream of words and images.

You can regain control over the display of your content with fixed-layout EPUBs. So don't go judging an eBook by its file extension. You may be surprised at what's waiting for you behind the cover. If the layout of your content is critical to your message, then perhaps a fixed-layout EPUB is right for you.

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