If you need your text and images to appear in a specific and consistent way then fixed layout is essential to your eBook. Fixed layout formatting is perfect for children’s books, graphic novels, and cookbooks. Key features:
Frequently Asked Questions
Manuscripts with complex formatting needs are the best candidates for fixed-layout eBooks. Fixed-layout eBooks look the same on all electronic reading devices.
We most frequently get requests for —
- Children's books
- Graphic novels and comics
- Academic publications, K-12 textbooks and learning materials
- Books with complex table-based or mathematical content
- Cook Books / Recipe Books
- Scientific, technical, and medical textbooks
- Restaurant guides
- Coffee Table books
- Travel guides
- Company reports and annual reviews
- Widest distribution opportunities – accepted by and works on almost all platforms and devices.
- The reader has control over how the book will look. A reader can control aspects of the book such as font-size, page layout, etc.
- Cheaper to produce, distribute and update.
- Smaller file sizes.
- Only simple page layout is allowed. Absolutely positioned content and complex layouts are not allowed.
- No control over elements of the book. A reader controls the text size, font, line spacing and margins. The visible content on each page on an electronic reader will differe from reader to reader.
- Narrow selection of fonts.
- Total control over the look-and-feel of an eBook. Access to multi-column content, text over images, coloured backgrounds, full bleed images, double page spreads and more.
- Broad selection of fonts. A book can have it's own fonts through font embedding.
- Limited distribution opportunities.
- A fixed format eBook should adhere to certain norms to be accepted. (For example. Amazon has recently started delisting fixed-layout titles in KF8 format if the text is too small when viewed on a Kindle Fire device).
- Readability problems with small content.
- eBooks are suitable for each and every devices or app.
- Larger file size.
- Expensive to produce, distribute and update.
Fixed layout is needed only when you want images and text to appear in a consistent way on all electronic reading devices. Chances are that you do not require a fixed layout eBook.
Books that contain many visual elements are good candidates for fixed layout eBooks. The books we get most commonly for fixed-layouts -
- Illustrated children’s books
- STM books and manuals
- Coffee table books
- Graphic novels
- and other such graphically intensive books...
If you see an eBook on a Kindle, smartphone or a computer - chances are that it's a re-flowable eBook. Re-flowable eBooks feature a dynamic layout for text and images and also allow the reading device to control various aspects of the book, like it's font. This means that an eBook will look different on different electronic reading devices. This layout is the most commonly used for eBooks.
Fixed-layout eBooks, on the other hand, do not feature such a dynamic layout. In a fixed-layout eBook the exact position of text and images is defined. This means that the eBook with fixed-layout will look the same on all electronic devices. A fixed-layout eBook looks likes it's printed counterpart.