Tech 101: Reflowable EPUBs VS Fixed Layout EPUBs

Kobo Writing Life

Last summer, Kobo Writing Life launched its professional EPUB conversion service on the Author Services tab of the Dashboard. Since then, we’ve seen one question come up a lot: what’s the difference between epub and epub fixed layout?

So here’s a short guide to determining whether your book is one or the other.

An EPUB, as you may already know, is just an eBook. There are two file formats for eBooks: EPUB and MOBI. EPUB is the global standard used in most e-reading devices (Nook, iBooks, Google and Kobo all use this format).

It’s important to note that in most cases where we say “epub”, we’re likely referring to a reflowable EPUB.

Reflowable EPUBs

This is a file where the text flows between pages, adjustable for font size, and thus not restricted to a specific page count. Increasing font size on your e-reader means the book’s page count will increase…

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