Fixed-layout eBooks are a popular format for eBooks today, especially for children’s eBooks and for complex non-fiction like cookbooks and textbooks. Unlike standard eBook files, these eBooks can keep the same layout and designs as their print book counterparts, and can sometimes contain enhancements that make them more interesting and interactive. These eBooks are not PDFs. They are fully-functional HTML-based eBook files in every way, however, the specific styles and layouts used in these files are not re-flowable like standard eBook files.
This project for Alliance Graphics is for Apple’s iBookStore, we took the original content supplied in QuarkXPress and created an ePub file that matched the layout and formatting as closely as possible to the print layout using HTML, CSS, and embedded fonts. The end result is an iBooks-ready file with searchable text, beautiful design, and high-quality graphics, that looks just like the print book.
You can download the book here and load it into iBooks on your iPad to see it in action.