Fixed layout would let you use a multi state object but I can’t think of any straight forward way to do this with reflowable.
Appreciate the quick response. Fixed layout is really not a good option for a novel. High percentage of folks read on a phone, largest numbers by far read on Kindle and even a kindle fire is a really small screen. I doubt i will ever do a novel as fixed layout. I even have a hard time justifying books with lots of images as fixed layout. It still isn't well accepted, and eliminates too many readers.
I am wondering though, if the footnote idea would work.
I didn’t say it was a good choice, only pointing out that it’s the only choice for epub if you want that type of interactivity.
I’m sure something can be done, but I doubt it’s something you can do with InDesign. Someone who knows better might come along.
I reckon hyperlinked footnotes are the way to go. I suggest you produce a shorter test reflowable text ePub (and convert it to mobi) before you commit yourself.
That feature is not available on all readers so it's imperative to test it. I certainly hope this isn't something that the OP promised and is simply exploring at this point.
I suspected as much. I'll test the foot notes idea. Though, yes, I have my doubts about it working on all readers—particularly kindle. This ebook stuff isn't for sissies.
No, I have not told them I can do it. They've asked for the feature and I told them I'd have to do some research. People think ebooks are magic. The dark arts teacher was missing when I went to magic school.
Possibly, I'll get them to go for a regular reflowable version (all one language). And then spring for an "enhanced" version too—fixed layout with multi-state objects (which sounds easy enough). It would be a good test to see if that's even something anyone would care about. I kinda doubt it. Thing about all these gee-whiz-bang things we can do is that the aren't really very marketable in the real world of publishing. (Few of us have National Geographic as clients.)