Fixed Format Ebooks

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ebook pic Fixed Format EbooksFixed-format ebook is a popular choice for book makers who want to preserve their design and layout when publishing in ebook form. Unlike standard re-flowable ebooks that simply have a top down vertical flow with very little design capabilities (think ebooks read on text readers like the Kindle), a fixed-format ebook retains all of the design images and artwork in place with the text in appropriate spaces (think ebooks displayed and read on the Apple iPad®).

Although fixed-format, also known as fixed-layout, ebooks are the best vehicle for most book types, they are particularly well suited to:

  • Children’s books
  • Cookbooks
  • Graphic novels and Manga
  • Photo books with captions
  • Scientific, technical, and medical textbooks
  • Any book in which the placement of image with text is key to the flow or story.

Most designers prefer a fixed-format ebook capability because they have put a lot of effort into their design, and want to keep the integrity of that design when publishing their ebook.

With Blurb, you can convert a book you have designed for print to a fixed-format ebook, or you can design your fixed-format ebook from scratch using Blurb’s plug-in for Adobe® InDesign®.

The fixed-format ebook is not just a PDF, but a fully functional HTML-based ebook that you can sell in Blurb’s online bookstore and read on an Apple iPad.


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  1. My interest is in creating and publishing an Ebook, in a fixed format. It will have both text and photographs in equal proportion.

    A book layout has already been created, including cover, in PDF format, using Adobe Photoshop Elements 10.

    Questions arising are:

    Is it compulsory to use “In Design” – which would be added expense.

    For the pages, is there a standard size that needs to be used?

    My pages are 1400pixels wide (approx 13.35cm) X 2600 pixels (21cm) high – but this can be adjusted if required.

    Is it required to have an ISBN, which I don’t have at this stage.

    There is a domain name registered, but the website yet to activate. Can it be used to direct customers to the Ebook?

    There is a paypal a/c available – can this be used for customers to purchase the Ebook – if so, how is this displayed and activated?

    Please be gentle with me – it’s my first time!

    Regards, :) george

      November 8, 2013 – 6:01 pm   Permalink
  2. Hey George,

    Congrats on getting that far! You can create an ebook using Blurb BookSmart which is a free download. Just create your book, upload it, and instead of placing an order create an ebook. There’s some info here:

    For the size, we suggest Standard Portrait, as it’s the closest to the iPad screen size. You may need to make some adjustments of your graphic files.

    You don’t need an ISBN, that’s up to you.

    You can absolutely direct people to your ebook for sale on the Blurb bookstore.

    Blurb can make payments to Paypal. It’ll run all through our Bookstore, so no one will really see that it’s a Paypal account.

    If you need more info, just drop our Support Team a line here:



    By Kent
      November 11, 2013 – 11:28 am   Permalink
  3. Thanks very much, Kent. Using the BookSmart formula. I’ve managed to get a print and Ebook up and running as of 11/11/2013.

    However, I seemed to have missed the area where I can add ISBN info (no, I don’t have one yet) and a copyright statement. Is it now too late to do this and will it stop me advertising & selling the products elsewhere?

    :) george

      November 11, 2013 – 2:18 pm   Permalink
  4. Hey George,

    I’m not a lawyer, so I can’t advise you specifically on your copyright. In general, a work is automatically copyrighted when you create it, however having a copyright page certainly doesn’t hurt. The ISBN is necessary to sell your book in some bookstores—-it depends on their policies.

    You can re-edit your book and add the copyright and ISBN, in most cases. Our Support Team can provide you with more details here:



    By Kent
      November 22, 2013 – 3:39 pm   Permalink

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