What is Fixed Layout?

Standard eBooks (ePub and .mobi) feature a dynamic (flowable) layout for text and images. This means that your eBook will look different when viewed on different eReaders.

Fixed Layout files quite literally “affix“ images and text to exact spots on each electronic page–just like their printed book counterparts—so that they look the same, regardless of which reader you use.

Does your eBook need a Fixed Layout?

Most eBooks do not require a Fixed Layout file. Fixed Layout files are only needed when it’s important that the images and text appear in a specific and consistent way.

These books are usually good candidates for a Fixed Layout conversion:

  • Illustrated children’s books
  • Cookbooks
  • Coffee table books
  • Graphic novels
  • Textbooks and technical manuals
  • …and any book that relies on a heavily-designed, static presentation, full-page images, or text that overlaps with images.

I Fixed Layout for iBooks — Just $199 plus eBook Publishing package cost.

The technical experts at BookBaby can convert your high-resolution PDF files into an eBook with a Fixed Layout designed especially for the iBooks app. This will ensure that your eBook displays the same way whether it’s being viewed on an iPad or an iPhone. (Important: This is for iBooks only. We do not currently produce Fixed Layout files for the Kindle Fire or the Barnes & Noble Nook reader.)

How it works:

  • Purchase an eBook Publishing package ($299). IMPORTANT: You must upload your book file as a high resolution PDF.
  • Immediately following checkout, please contact BookBaby customer service to request the Fixed Layout conversion for your eBook. Call 877-961-6878 during west coast business hours (Monday – Friday, 9am to 5pm PST) or send an email to info@isitpublishing.com with “FIXED” in the subject line.
  • isitpublishing customer service will contact you with a price quote for your Fixed Layout project. Fixed Layout for iBooks is an additional $199 up to 50 pages, plus your eBook Publishing package cost. Add $3 for additional pages over 50.
  • Once you have paid the additional Fixed Layout conversation charges, file conversions take up to 10 business days to complete. You will receive a Fixed Layout proof for you to review on your Apple reading device.
  • Once you approve your proof, we will begin to distribute your eBook to iBooks.

Need help?

Not sure if Fixed Layout is for you? Call one of our knowledgeable Isitpublishing customer service representatives at our Portland, OR office to discuss your project. Call toll free 877-961-6878 Monday – Friday, 9am to 5pm Pacific Standard Time.