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How to design fixed layout EPUB

Learn how to make an eBook with rich imagery and elaborate layout that looks just like the InDesign document without writing code. (Try it, 9 min)

FromAnne-Marie Concepcion

How to design fixed layout EPUB

9 min

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Create a highly visual eBook and preserve its layout in the EPUB format. Sound like an oxymoron? It's not. 

If you’ve designed an eBook that’s heavy with graphics in a beautiful layout, chances are you’d like to maintain its appearance when you export it to the EPUB format. Now you can. You’ll learn how to create an EPUB document that stays true to its original design while preserving live text, complex layouts, rich media, and interactivity. By the end of the first video, you’ll understand the differences between the two versions of EPUB: reflowable and fixed-layout.

View a reflowable EPUB (0:26); View a fixed-layout EPUB (1:46)

Learn how to create a ready-to-publish, fixed layout EPUB.

Now that you know the differences between a reflowable and fixed layout EPUB, you’ll learn how to create a fixed layout EPUB that is ready to publish to the Apple iBookstore.

Prepare for export to fixed-layout EPUB (1:18); Export to fixed-layout EPUB (1:37); Select fixed-layout setting (1:42); Add viewing apps (2:55)

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Anne-Marie “Her Geekness” Concepción

Anne-Marie is a digital publishing expert. She owns Seneca Design & Training, a cross-media design studio that develops print, PDF, and ebook projects for clients. Together with biz partner David Blatner, she runs, InDesign Magazine,, and their annual Print + ePublishing Conference. Follow her on Twitter @amarie.