It's a feature of iBooks. It's nothing InDesign can control.
The highlighting feature in iBooks is only available for reflowable EPUBs but not for fixed layout EPUBs.
That's a big bummer to hear! I am creating a textbook for children that needs to be fixed layout and half of the pages have questions that I need for them to be able to answer on the epub page. I was hoping they could just highlight the answer. Do you have any suggestions for a work around?
Thanks for your help!
Oops - not true. You can select text in FXL.
The cases where we have seen this fail is when there is something overlapping the text frame (such as an empty rectangle), or when the text frame is forced to be rasterized.
You'll have to look at the markup to see if the latter happened, or there may be a warning about this too during the export.
Douglas, it will let me select the type, but then only gives me the choices of copy, define, or search. It won't highlight the type. Any other thoughts? Thanks!
I also couldn't see a Highlight option in iBooks on an Adobe-created InDesign CC 2014 file.
I couldn't find any of my FXL ebooks that would support Highlighting or Notes, whether they were created from ID or not.
Sorry guys... Wish I'd seen this earlier. I could've told you that highlighting and note taking capabilities are disabled intentionally in fixed layout EPUBs and Kindle KF8 books.
The only time you will see an FXL book that does support highlighting is if is in either B&N or Amazon's "Page Perfect" or "Page Replica" format - which is basically just a packaged PDF of sorts that can be read through Kindle and Nook apps (Other college book apps like kno.com and the old CourseSmart support Page Replica, too. CourseSmart was recently merged in with VitalSource, however, so I don't know what they are doing these days WRT page replicas). iBooks does not support any sort of print page replica. It's EPUB 3 FXL or iBooks Author only for Apple.
Thanks to all of you for your insight. I need to re-think how I am going to approach creating my textbook in ePub so the student can highlight answers. Maybe I can create something that looks fairly decent in flowable layout. Lots to think about.