Join Anne-Marie Concepción for an in-depth discussion in this video Evaluating the advantages and challenges of fixed vs. flowable EPUBs, part of Creating a Fixed-Layout EPUB.
So if you're trying to decide if a certain publication should be a fixed-layout…EPUB or not, let's go through the specific advantages of making it into…a fixed-layout EPUB, and also some of the challenges you need to be aware of.…The main advantage of using a fixed- layout EPUB is that, it's an EPUB, in…other words it can be sold in the Apple iBookstore.…So if you're trying to decide, should we sell this as PDF, or should we sell it as a fixed-layout?…Well, you can sell it as a PDF from your own web site, but you won't be able to…list it in the Apple iBookstore, though you can open PDFs in iBooks, you can't…sell them in iBookstore.…
So the fact that a fixed-layout EPUB is actually an EPUB is a huge advantage.…And because it is a fixed-layout, you have complete control over the design…of every single page.…You have control over where the images are positioned on the page, if it's just…one background image or multiple images, you have one upper-left lower-right, you…are able to control exactly where they fall, no matter how the user turns the…
- Comparing fixed-layout and flowing EPUBs
- Replacing placeholders in the fixed-layout template
- Extracting content from PDFs with Adobe Acrobat Pro and Reader
- Using free scripts to streamline fixed-layout production
- Extracting text and its formatting from InDesign layouts
- Exporting InDesign layouts to single-page HTML files
- Adding viewport and orientation instructions
- Embedding your own fonts
- Creating faux text wraps around background images
- Validating the EPUB
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: What's new in the 11/12/2013 course update?
A: Since this title was first recorded, many commercial third-party solutions have come to the marketplace that help InDesign users convert their print layouts to the fixed-layout EPUB format. We added a video about one of these, Rorohiko's ePubCrawler, to the "Starting with InDesign" chapter.
Q: This course was updated on 7/03/2014. What changed?
A: The author added and revised movies to reflect the June 2014 updates to InDesign's EPUB handling features, including fixed-layout support and EPUB exporting options.