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eBook Conversion Formats

As you prepare to convert your title into an eBook, one thing to consider is if your content should have a fixed or reflowable format.

Fixed layout formats are typically designed for printing and include PostScript and Adobe PDF. A majority of PDF files have a fixed layout, but some PDFs contain extensions to make them reflowable. The content of fixed layout files is displayed the same way it will appear once printed. Images, words, paragraphs, and columns are positioned at fixed coordinates within a page, and the size of the page is imposed.

Reflowable formats are designed to be displayed on a variety of screen sizes as the content changes depending on the device. HTML and plain text are "reflowable" formats.

Example fixed and reflowable pages

When to use reflowable file formats

When to use fixed layout file formats

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