The format ePub3 Fixed Layout is ideal when you need to create an "exact replica" of the layout you created for your book originating, for instance, from a PDF or a JPG file.
Why couldn't you just publish a PDF then?
Because PDF is a format made for print, preventing a good visualisation on digital reading devices and, most of all, because it won't be accepted for publication in international stores.
While the EPub3FXL is not only built specifically for digital reading but also is accepted in all international stores.
Nota bene: Amazon decided to accept for now only three categories of Fixed Layout ebooks:
- Children books
- School/University books with a complex formatting.
For all the other types of ebooks with pictures (more or less) but made mainly of text, a reflowable ebook will be needed to be published on Amazon; Otherwise, the ebook will be blocked by the store.
How to read a FXL?
Being a Fixed Layout format (as opposed to the reflowable one like ePub2, read more information on how to choose the ebook format you need), the recommended reading devices to read them are tablets and computers, with tools like Readium.
Most eReader don't support ePub3 Fixed Layout because of the technology they use, built specifically for text (with some exceptions like the Kobo Aura).
The ePub3 reads like a printed book, only in digital. It can be read in double pages or one single page.
How to make an ePub3 Fixed Layout?
There is two possibilities given by StreetLib:
- One is free, using our online editing tool StreetLib Write. You'll use the tool autonomously, but if you have a doubt or question you can always ask for our help at email@example.com.
- You can also pay a fee and ask for StreetLib professionals to build your ePub3 FXL. In this case you'll need to give us a PDF file, the fee is €1.20 per page and the order will take up to 10 working days to be delivered.