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How to create a fixed Layout ePub?

Mar 8, 2013 8:15 AM

I'm trying to create a photography book to sell as an ePub and on the kindle store - I've made plenty of iBooks and published them in the iBookstore - unfortunately one has recently been rejected because of Apple's censorship rules. My books look exactly the way i want them to in iBooks and want to recreate them as closely as possible to sell as mobi and epubs. I've noticed that unfortunately there doesn't seem to be a program similar to iBooks Author for making epubs... I've tried InDesign CS6 for epubs but moved to Pages as I thought it might be simpler.


So far I can't find any thing that explains step by step how to make fixed Layout epubs - in any program- usually I use but they only have fixed layout epubs for the iBookstore. My knowledge on inDesign and iBooks author is quite good but my knowledge on HTML is limited. Is this accomplishable?

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    Mar 8, 2013 8:51 AM   in reply to Bettn_

    This is very new territory and the field is changing rapidly. Anne-Marie's title on is the only one I know of. It looks like you've watched it already.


    As far as I know, you DO need to know about HTML to accomplish Fixed Layout EPUBs.

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    Mar 9, 2013 1:51 AM   in reply to Bettn_

    Here are some links that might be useful for you to get you started with fixed-layout ePubs:

    How to Create Fixed-Layout iBooks by R. Scot Johns

    Field Guide to Fixed Layout for E-Books a free ebook on the ins and outs of Fixed Layout EPUB (I found it only today so haven't read it yet)

    EPUB 3 Fixed-Layout Documents


    ePubCrawler -- InDesign to Fixed Layout EPUB converter. (a tool for converting InDesign documents to fixed-layout ePub. It worked very well for me: I had to make only small adjustments to CSS styles).

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    Mar 9, 2013 5:41 AM   in reply to Kasyan Servetsky

    Great resources, Kasyan. The best is the one you found yesterday, "Field Guide to Fixed Layout for E-Books". It's up-to-date and includes information about different EPUB/eBook readers. I've just bookmarked that source for the next time we get a query about Fixed Layout eBooks.

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