This article is part of a series about creating and publishing reflowable electronic publication (EPUB) documents from InDesign files. Reflowable EPUBs are the most popular e-reader format for digital books and magazines, allowing the reader to optimize the content depending on the display device.
Now that we have your interest, let’s break down electronic publications in relationship to InDesign.
When you eport your InDesign document to EPUB, you choose whether to make your final output fixed or reflowable. In this article, we’ll discuss the differences and help you to make this design choice.
A fixed-layout EPUB has a stationary design which cannot be changed by the reader. It has selectable text that looks much like a PDF and can be uploaded into an iBook store.
Fixed electronic publication layouts can be useful where sophisticated design is important, and where you want to maintain strict layout and font choices. With this type of publication, there is no reader customization and no zooming in and out at all. You can, however, add interactivity like animations, slide shows, and audio to fixed-layout documents. Some examples for which you might choose fixed layout might be brochures, children’s books, and photo essays. At this writing, the fixed format is best for iOS; it is still troublesome for Android, and Kindle (MOBI format) also has some problems with it. In many ways this layout structure is easier to export, but keep in mind that readers who expect to customize their document may find reading it frustrating. Read the rest of “2. About Electronic Publications” »