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jthorn71

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Making the same title available in fixed layout AND regular layout
Posted: Jun 19, 2013 8:14 AM
 
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I've searched the formatting forum for this, but no luck.

Is it possible to create two .mobi files for a single title so that one can be fixed layout and the other for other devices OR can you create two separate titles and designate one fixed layout for Fire and the other for all other devices?

I'm trying to help a friend take advantage of the beautiful fixed layout children's book while not alienating people that can't view it on other Kindle apps/devices.

Here is the current title as fixed layout only.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DD24YDG/

Thanks!
racagnac

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Re: Making the same title available in fixed layout AND regular layout
Posted: Jun 20, 2013 1:47 PM   in response to: jthorn71 in response to: jthorn71
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Using the @media tag, you can define different formats depending on the device. It is explained in detail in the kindle publishing guidelines and, at least for simple css formats, it works :-)
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Re: Making the same title available in fixed layout AND regular layout
Posted: Jun 20, 2013 3:06 PM   in response to: racagnac in response to: racagnac
 
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Thanks! I'm going to take a look at the guidelines right now...
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Re: Making the same title available in fixed layout AND regular layout
Posted: Jun 20, 2013 3:27 PM   in response to: jthorn71 in response to: jthorn71
 
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I'm pretty sure that I'm utterly confused now. In this post:
https://kdp.amazon.com/community/thread.jspa?messageID=550276&#550276

punchy asks:
Does anyone know if you can download a fixed layout book to Kindle for PC from the Amazon store? I know you can view the content by sideloading it, but I'm thinking that you're restricted to downloading to a Paperwhite or Fire when purchasing a fixed layout book.

man2010 answers:
Amazon has not made that option available yet, i.e. nobody can purchase and download a fixed-layout ebook to Kindle for PC or Kindle for Mac. It is noteworthy that Kindle for PC now supports region magnification, so it may be added to the Amazon.com store soon. Most fixed layout ebooks become available for these devices only:

•Kindle Fire
•Kindle Fire HD
•Kindle Cloud Reader
•Kindle for iPad
•Kindle for Android

I am guessing "Kindle Fire HD" also includes HD 8.9". If a fixed-layout ebook is selling well, Amazon will also make it available for Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Keyboard, and "Kindle".

In the Kindle Guidelines found here:
http://kindlegen.s3.amazonaws.com/AmazonKindlePublishingGuidelines.pdf

Page 56 is talking about "media queries" in CSS. Does this mean that if I add @media amzn-mobi AND @media not amzn-mobi to ALL of the CSS in ALL of my html pages, my fixed layout title will be viewable on ALL Kindle devices and apps?
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Re: Making the same title available in fixed layout AND regular layout
Posted: Jun 20, 2013 4:35 PM   in response to: jthorn71 in response to: jthorn71
 
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Media queries work for CSS files and built-in CSS, but they don't work in the OPF file, which determines if your ebook is fixed layout or not. Therefore, you can't make a Kindle book that is either fixed-layout or reflowable depending on a device. There is no need actually. The tide is turning and now fixed-layout ebooks are available for purchase on the majority of Kindle devices (and in some Kindle reading apps). The "available only on these devices" list now normally shows:

Kindle
Kindle Touch
Kindle Paperwhite
Kindle Fire
Kindle Fire HD
Kindle Cloud Reader
Kindle for Windows 8
Kindle Keyboard
Kindle for iPad
Kindle for Android

In the above list, "Kindle Fire HD" means both Fire HD and HD 8.9" devices. "Kindle Keyboard" means Kindle 3 (manufactured since September 2010), and "Kindle" means Kindle 4 (manufactured since September 2011) and Kindle 5 (available since September 2012). The "available only on these devices" list for your ebook will expand gradually to include all of the above (within 2-3 weeks).

I would recommend making two versions of your fixed-layout ebook: standard quality (all pictures around 100KB) and high quality (your current version). You can price the standard quality edition at 99 cents.

I don't recommend making a reflowable version of your ebook available for sale on Amazon. You can have text-only pages (such as TOC) in a fixed-layout ebook, but it's impossible to add full-screen images with region magnification to a regular Kindle book. On the newer devices (Kindle 3 and later) customers can use the zooming function (to manually expand each image to full-screen view) and in Kindle for Android, customers can pinch, stretch and drag each picture far beyond the full-screen view. These options, however, are less convenient. Another inconvenience is that in regular Kindle books two landscape pictures can end up on the same portrait-oriented screen and vice versa. These pictures will look too small and illegible and this kind of ebook looks unprofessional.
jthorn71

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Re: Making the same title available in fixed layout AND regular layout
Posted: Jun 20, 2013 5:19 PM   in response to: man2010 in response to: man2010
 
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Fantastic! That really helps to clarify. Making the "standard" quality title seems to be the best way to go for me in this situation.

Thanks so much for the help!
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