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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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 a deeper dive, read “eBooks 101: Standard Vs. Fixed Layout.”
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