Fixed-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
- 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.