Are you uncertain about the difference between a fixed layout eBook and a standard (“flowable”) eBook?

There are the two types of eBook formatting: Standard eBooks and Fixed Layout eBooks.

  1. Standard eBooks (ePub and .mobi) feature a dynamic (“flowable”) layout for text and images. This means that your eBook will look different when viewed on different eReaders.
  2. Fixed Layout eBooks quite literally “affix“ images and text to exact spots on each electronic page – just like their printed book counterparts — so that they look the same, regardless of which reader you use.

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Does your eBook need a Fixed Layout?

Most eBooks do not require a Fixed Layout file and are only needed when it’s important that the images and text appear in a specific and consistent way.

These books are usually good candidates:

  • Illustrated children’s books
  • Cookbooks
  • Coffee table books
  • Graphic novels
  • Textbooks and technical manuals
  • …and any book that relies on a heavily-designed, static presentation, full-page images, or text that overlaps with images.

For further explanation, read this “eBooks 101” article.

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is an award-winning poet, songwriter, performer, and music producer who now lives in Portland, Maine after more than a decade in Portland, Oregon. His music has been praised by NPR, the LA Times, the Boston Globe, and others. Skyscraper Magazine said he is “one of the best short-story musicians to come along in quite some time.” Robley’s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in POETRY, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Beloit Poetry Journal, RHINO, Magma Poetry, and more. He is the 2013 winner of Boulevard's Poetry Prize for Emerging Writers and the 2014 recipient of a Maine Literary Award in the category of "Short Works Poetry."

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