If your book is a children’s book, with two page spreads, yes, we can make those pages work in what are called Fixed-Format eBooks. Fixed-format books are, as of this writing, (and still, as of May, 2015, when this article was updated), device-specific.  This means that a book made for the Kindle Fire device will only work on that device.  It can't be used on for iBook or for Nook.  A NookKids’ formatted book will only work on Nook, and so forth.  Generally speaking, this format is almost always used strictly for children's books, at the time of this writing (September of 2012), although, at the time of updating, it is making increasing inroads in textbooks and cookbooks, as well as some coffee-table books.  See below for some splendid examples!


The lovely Fox and the Fawn, demonstrating Kindle's
The lovely Fox and the Fawn, demonstrating Kindle's "pop-up text" to enhance readability. This is a Fixed-Format Book.


Two page spreads cannot at this time be incorporated into a book that is normally formatted on the rest of its pages.  This means that if your book is reflowing throughout, we cannot make a single two-page spread and insert it in the middle of the book.  An ebook is either all fixed-format or all reflowable.  It cannot be both mingled together.


Here, you'll see two different "fixed-format" versions of the same book.  The vertical format displays "The Big Galoot," by renowned radio personality Shadoe Stevens', in Kindle Fixed-Format for the Kindle Fire device.  The red "text" box is a pop-up text box that the child can swipe with her finger to advance through the book, paragraph-by-paragraph or page-to-page.  Below that is the same title, this time in the iBooks e-reading application on the iPad.  In this view, it is rotated (the device is turned horizontally) to display a "two page spread." 


Shadoe Stevens' The Big Galoot--the red box is the Kindle display of the pop-up text for this book.
Shadoe Stevens' The Big Galoot: the red box is the Kindle display of the pop-up text for this book.


The Big Galoot, now on iBooks, in landscape view.
The Big Galoot, now on iBooks, in landscape view.




Fixed Format books are expensive to make, and as stated above, are limited in usage to very specific devices.  For an author to put her book on three platforms, like Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the Apple devices, she'll need 3 different versions of the same book.  The results can be very spectacular, and you can embed audio in both the NookKids' books and the iBooks-versions.

Remember our Fallen

Memorial Day, originally called "Decoration Day" was created
to honor those who have been slain in defense of the US.

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As many of our returning customers know, we close on the holidays to recharge our batteries, as we're normally open 6/days/week.  As a former servicemember, I feel strongly that Memorial Day should be observed--and remembered.  

We'll be closed, administratively, from 5:00 p.m, the night of May 24th 2019 through the morning of May 28th 2019.  Production will be full-tilt boogie while the office is closed, but in Admin, phones will not be answered and emails will only receive auto-replies until we're back on our regular schedule. Books that are in production will be shipped, fear not.  

Thanks, and have a happy and safe--and memorable--Memorial Day.
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