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.

Phone Call Alert! 

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Due to the COVID-19 onslaught, we currently cannot take incoming phone calls.  

 

A notification about phone calls:  due to the COVID-19 plague, we've significantly increased our incoming inquiries--nearly double our usual volume--and the number of incoming inquiries by phone has been literally overwhelming.  Although most writers will say that their call "will only take 15 minutes," the truth is, that after 10 years of doing this, most author inquiry calls take an hour.  45 minutes at best. I'm currently receiving 7-10 calls/day, and due to that, I've had to stop accepting incoming phone calls, which my voicemail will tell you. You can leave a message--I can't call you back without one--and if a call is needed, I will of course call you.  But we have very complete and extensive email replies, handouts and our website is very informative. Almost all the questions that I receive during a call are actually already answered on our site, or are, in fact, publishing questions, not questions about our services, what we do, what we offer, or the like.  I already handle between 90-130 emails/day, as it is. I can't handle that many emails and take 7-10 hours of calls each day. I can't. So, in order to be able to answer this huge email volume, to help the greatest number of people, with my time, I've had to stop accepting calls.  I'm sorry, but that's just how it is. I'm in the process of setting up a call-appointment function, for free 15-minute calls to answer questions from new prospective customers and longer paid sessions for folks who generally want consulting on "publishing," generally (and for prospective kids' book publishers, as a special category of paid consulting).  But that functionality isn't yet set up. I hope to get that working the 3rd week of July, sometime.  

Thank you for your understanding.