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eBook Format Options

Fixed-Layout vs Reflowable eBooks Which Format Is Right For Me?

The Reflowable eBook

The reflowable eBook layout is what most fiction writers and non-fiction writers should choose when deciding between eBook conversion layouts.

This format is the best for publications that have a simple, one-column layout and mostly include text. If you have some small images, they should be embedded between paragraphs.

This layout is accepted by most of the devices, so it offers authors a larger distribution opportunity. This eBook format also offers the readers some control over the text, only limited by their e-reader’s capabilities. However, this also means that authors have little control over how their content will be displayed and they are also somewhat limited in their font use.

The Fixed-Layout eBook

The fixed layout eBook format is the one you need for graphic-heavy publications or if you want your text to be multi-column or have any other design related needs.

These eBook formats are mostly used for cookbooks, illustrated books such as children’s books and technical publications. It’s the digital equivalent of typesetting.

The fixed layout offers total control over how you display your content, it doesn’t give readers any options to change up the fonts, spacing, margins or text size. However, this might lead to reader discomfort if the text size is too small.

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Whether you have a printed book or a digital file like a word doc we can convert your book into all the different available eBook formats. A standard conversion includes both of the main formats – ePub and mobi (Kindle).


Fixed layout eBooks are great for Children's Picture books, Photography books and other books that are image intensive with a complicated layout. Ebooks by Design offers a full range of fixed layout options.

Book Cover Design

Unlike the saying, books do get judged by their cover so top quality cover design is important for your book. First impressions count and our designers will make it a good one.

Website Design

A well designed website is essential for every author in today's electronic world, and a good website can be an important part of promoting a book and its author. EBooks by Design can create and design your website for you. Contact us for details.

Ebook Marketing

Need some advice about advertising and marketing your book? All books need some promotion. Without it your book can be lost amongst the thousands of other books published every year. Our marketing page gives you hints and tips.

Quicker Service

Not only this, when you choose to opt for eBooks, the overall time which is entailed from the moment you submit the manuscript to the final release gets a whole lot shorter. Traditional book formats required quite a lot of time for printing and the whole process had a long waiting time.

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Reflowable/Standard Format:

Works with most devices and retailersSimple, one-column pages only
Readers control the display of textNo control over text display
Smaller file sizesCan only use specific fonts
Cheaper to produce and updateNo heavy design or graphic elements
Effective Copyrighting

Fixed-Layout Formats:

Total control over text displaySmaller number of retailers and devices
Can use graphics and design elements heavilyReadability problems might occur
Multi-column pages availableLarge file sizes
Supports most fonts (device dependent)More expensive to produce and update

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