3 Replies Latest reply on Jul 30, 2014 6:53 AM by AnneMarie Concepcion

    New Indesign (fixed layout) issue(s).

    ciarachristine

      Recently created a new ebook in CC 2014. Love that they updated for a fixed layout. However, when looking at the file in Kindle, the font is very small at 18-22 point.

       

      I have questions:

       

      Is there a work around to allow users to set their own font size (as most devices let you do).

      Or, does this require me to resize and reflow for each device (kindle, iPhone, computer, nook, etc)?

       

      And, what is the simplest way to resize and recenter 100+ pages if that is the case.

      I already tried page tool, recenter and resize, and it wont take.

       

      Thanks.

        • 1. Re: New Indesign (fixed layout) issue(s).
          Steve Werner Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          Unfortunately, Amazon's products don't fully support the EPUB3 format (they always try to go their own way).

           

          If you want users to set their own font size, you need to use reflowable EPUB. Fixed Format EPUB is to make the EPUB look as it does for a print job.

           

          Reflowable EPUB requires a lot more preparation. View Anne-Marie Concepcion's videos on Lynda.com to find out all the setup required.

          • 2. Re: New Indesign (fixed layout) issue(s).
            ciarachristine Level 1

            Thanks for that!


            We have previously coded a reflowable book to "look" fixed format. Just wasn't mentally prepared to do that for the next book.

             

            I guess the only option would be to bump the font size.

            • 3. Re: New Indesign (fixed layout) issue(s).
              AnneMarie Concepcion Adobe Community Professional

              Thanks for the plug, Steve!

               

              Cicho, one of the strengths/limitations of a Fixed Layout Format epub is that users cannot change the size of the type. It makes no difference if it's viewed on a Kindle or iPad or Kobo. The "Aa" button/icon that lets users customize font size, typeface, background color, etc. does not appear when you're reading a Fixed Layout (FXL) epub.

               

              f they could change the size of the type, then the text might reflow, but of course it can't reflow since it's not a reflowable epub. ;-D   You can think of a FXL epub like a PDF. All you can do is zoom in or out, you can't change the size of the type alone.

               

              Additionally, as Steve said, Kindles have a different way of presenting flowable and fixed layout ebooks, and the EPUB standard is not used. It would be great if Adobe could add Kindle-specific export formats, but they won't. As a rule, they only export to their own or to industry standard formats, not to vendors' proprietary ones.

               

              AM