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eBooks: Standard vs. Fixed

Here are a few tips to help writers understand the differences between the two.

eBooks: Standard vs. Fixed

Mar 07, 2014

Roselyn Waiyaki
eBook Specialist

When it comes to eBooks, a lot of writers don’t know the difference between different eBook formats/layouts, and which layout would be best for their book.

Here are a few tips to help writers understand the differences between the two.

Standard Layout
• This layout is best for books that have limited or no illustrations and images.
• Standard eBooks have reflowable text, which is a continuous stream of text that adjusts when the font size is changed.
• Size and style of fonts can be adjusted to meet personal preferences.
• Conversion costs are lower for standard eBooks.

Fixed Layout
• This layout is better for books that have several photos and illustrations, like children’s books.
• The text is not reflowable. The idea is to keep it as close as possible in resemblance to the printed version. This could be seen as both a pro and con because, while you lose the flexibility the standard layout offers, you preserve the look and quality of the print version.
• You can add value to fixed eBooks and create an experience outside of the printed book by including interactive features.
• Conversion costs will be higher for fixed eBooks compared to standard eBooks.

These are just a few things for writers to consider when deciding which eBook format/layout to use. Your publisher or eBook converter can recommend what format is best for your book and show you samples of each type. BookLogix offers an eBook workshop, eBooks 101, that is perfect for writers considering an eBook edition of their book. Check out our workshops schedule at


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