Standard Reflowing Ebook Conversion

Please refer to your quote for which of the following products your project entails.

ePub—standard/reflowing
This is the most important format as it is an open industry format, supported by the Apple iOS devices (iPad, iPod touch and iPhone), Android devices (phones and tablets), Kobo, Sony Reader, Barnes & Noble Nook, most mobile apps (Stanza, Aldiko, Shortcovers), and many other eBook readers.

Mobi—standard/reflowing
Mobipocket is an eBook format supported on the Amazon Kindle ebook devices and tablets.

What does standard mean? It is a reflowing format following the two major standards in the industry: Standard ePub and Standard Mobi. There are no fixed pages and objects cannot be positioned on a page. Instead the ebook reflows depending on the user’s device, screen size and text size and font choices. These are the most widely accepted, user-friendly and easy-to-distribute formats. These prices include a table of contents, cover insertion, publishing details page and meta-data.

At time of quoting we need to know about the format we will be converting from, the level of complexity in your book, the level of support you will need and whether or not you wish to include enhanced features such as audio or video. Some books have only basic formatting, such as a novel, others have medium-complexity. For example:

Tables, graphs, flowcharts Marginalia [will be converted to centred box sections] Images with captions
Lists [bulleted or numbered] Footnotes [will be converted to end notes] Image credits [will be horizontal, under images]
Pull quotes [will be centred] Poetry Math equations
rendered in MathType
LaTex or as images,
appropriate]
Shaded sections, boxes etc. Special font requirements [Fonts you wish to be embedded need to be signified by you]  

We are also able to work on highly complex standard ebook conversion jobs, but these need to be specified and included in the quote. High complexity is time-consuming and requires flexibility on your behalf to understand how it can best be achieved for ebook formats. This includes things like:

  • Face to face consultation and planning meetings
  • Technical support and extra communication for non-computer users
  • Index (see extras on page 1)
  • Complex tables with captions, long notes and sources
  • Figures (image with caption and hyperlink to/from text)
  • Mathematical equations (boxed and inline)
  • Complex nested lists and tables
  • List of tables & figures in front matter
  • Unsupported entities (symbols that are not allowed in the standard)
  • Glossary with links
  • Large and complex diagrams.
  • Index footnotes links
  • Index Table Figure links

We do our best to honour the spacing and formatting from the original print version with a view to also making it look as good as possible on the ebook device in question. If you would prefer for us to take a more direct role in the design of the book please ask for our Ebook Design service instead.

Understanding Reflow
When you are used to working with print books it can be hard to adjust your thinking, but please remember that ebooks are a reflowing format.

An ebook is similar to a web-page, both in the way that it is coded (behind the scenes) and in the way it will reflow to fit the screen it is on. Try resizing a website browser window to see the text move around.

There is no set page or position on a page. Widows and orphans cannot be controlled in ebooks. The exact position of headings, images and sections of text can only be controlled in limited ways such as inserting page breaks before headings. All text-based elements will move and change depending on the size of the text each person has their device or reading software set to. Most people reading ebooks are used to these idiosyncrasies with ebooks. Indeed, they are part of what make ebooks so wonderful and flexible to use and read on a huge variety of devices.

It is important to avoid using columns in the standard reflowing ebook formats. Columns are only achievable by using tables and this is likely to make it hard to read, especially on smaller devices that break up the tables. If column layout is important for your book you may need to consider a Fixed Layout eBook instead.

For more information about fixed ebooks versus reflowing ebooks see this YouTube tutorial.



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