Join Kevin Callahan for an in-depth discussion in this video What is a fixed-layout ebook?, part of Creating Fixed-Layout Ebooks for the Kindle.
- The two dominant varieties of eBooks are reflowable and fixed layout. The are reflowable format, which we're looking at right here, Is used for books that are largely text based. Novels, memoirs, and history books. Print design and reflowable eBook design can be related, but are not necessarily identical. And usually, they're pretty far apart, because in a reflowable book, the user can change size at will, change fonts at will. And the book changes along with all of these user generated changes.
You can even view it in Sepia. You can view it in Night view. So, print design and eBook design for the reflowable side generally are related, but not identical. On the other hand, fixed layout books and print books are identical. Text and art are positioned precisely in both, and the eBook device user cannot change font or font size. For example, look at this storybook of The Little Red Hen. Text and art are precisely positioned. Text is wrapped around art, nestled in between art.
Which we could never do in a reflowable side. In addition, fonts are embedded in a fixed layout book. Whereas, in this reflowable book that we were looking at, fonts are up to the user. So, the fixed layout book that we've been looking at is the Kindle edition. iBooks on the iPad and iPhone, Kobo, and other EPUB reading platforms use a similar format, but there are important differences. We'll look at those differences in the next video.
- What is a fixed-layout ebook?
- Good candidates for fixed layout
- Comparing the Kindle format to EPUB3
- Managing fonts
- Inserting images
- Using the Kindle Previewer
- Exporting InDesign documents for Kindle formatting
- Working with the Kindle fixed-layout template
- Using media queries