Reflowable ebooks: Frequently Asked Questions

What's the difference between a fixed-layout and reflowable ebook?

A fixed-layout ebook usually contains many images exactly positioned relative to text (e.g. photo books, magazines, comics). A reflowable ebook is text-heavy and the layout is fluid and paginated according to the reading app where it is viewed. 

Why doesn’t my content look the same in BookWright as in the reflowable ebook?

BookWright is a powerful layout and editing tool showing a page-by-page fixed view of your content. When it’s converted to a reflowable ebook, the layout is streamlined and the reading app determines how much content can fit on a page. This difference allows reflowable content to be readable regardless of screen size or reader font setting. More information on how content looks as a reflowable ebook.

How do I edit my table of contents (ToC)?

Your ebook table of contents is created automatically for you and labeled with the first sentence with the largest font size in a Text Flow. More information on how table of contents are created

Why is the “reflowable” option grayed out when I try to upload my book?

In order to upload and create a reflowable ebook you must import your text content from at least one RTF file. More information on importing content from RTF files

Why are there no chapters in my ebook?

You’ll need to either break your content into separate RTF files (one for each chapter) or insert Section Break (Odd Page) between every chapter. More information on how to create chapters

Why is some text missing in my book?

If you change the height of a Flowing Text Container, some text may be cut off at the end of the Text Flow or chapter. You need to add and link additional text flow containers, and possibly add additional pages to hold the missing text. More information on resizing Text Flows.

Content may also be missing if you use too many tabs to align content to the right or center. To avoid this, format your text with align center or right.

Why don’t the page numbers I added to the background show up in my reflowable ebook?

No background content is included in your reflowable ebook. Besides this, the page numbers in BookWright will not correspond to the dynamic pages in an e-reader. More BookWright tips.

Why is the text I added on top of an image showing up before or after the image?

The ebook conversion doesn’t support overlapping containers such as text and images. A workaround for this is to import a flat image from an image editor, such as Photoshop. More BookWright tips.

Why is my two-page spread image showing up smaller in the ebook?

Reflowable ebooks are different from print and fixed-layout ebooks in that there aren’t any spreads. All the content is laid out to fit the screen. A two-page image spread will be reduced to fit horizontally on one page. More information on two-page spreads.

How do I create a table of contents with touchable links?

You can create hyperlinks in BookWright by using the hyperlink button in the text editor. Highlight the text you'd like to enable as a link, click the Create Hyperlink button and direct it to your desired location. For more information on More information on touchable links.

Why do the fonts look different in the ebook from what I chose in BookWright?

Only ebook-friendly fonts in the font list can be used in your ebook. You may also want to enable author defaults on your e-reader. More information on ebook friendly fonts.

Why do the images in my book look fuzzy or blurry?

Your images are most likely too small, stretched, or too compressed. BookWright warns about low quality images; however, those warnings generally apply to print only. It’s best to always check your content on a device or reading app to see if the image quality meets your expectations. More tips on images.

Why does the indentation look different in my reflowable ebook than in BookWright?

There are a variety of text alignment techniques that can affect how indentation looks in an ebook. We recommend using the alignment tools (left, center, right) rather than repeated Tabs, and the Indent Tool instead of repeated space keys. Avoid using hanging indents in Word. Try and be consistent throughout your whole book whichever method you choose. More information on text alignment

How do I create a caption for an image?

Place the text for a caption in a single Text Container. Move the entire container up to the image-container without overlapping them. Once the Text Container gets close to the underside of the image, the text-container should snap into place. More information on creating captions.

How do I view my mobi file on a Kindle?

Click here for information from Amazon on how to transfer files from your computer to your Kindle device. More information about viewing your content on devices is available here

How do I view my epub file on an iPad?

Install the Apple iBooks app on your iPad, download your book from your Blurb dashboard, and open in iBooks. More information about viewing your content on devices is available here.  

How do I upload my KF8 (.mobi) file to Amazon?

First, you’ll need to join Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) program. From there you can find help pages and contact Amazon directly with questions or concerns. More information on selling and distributing on marketplaces.

How do I upload my reflowable epub file to the iBooks Store?

First, you’ll need to create an account with Apple. From there you can find help pages and contact Apple directly with questions or concerns. More information on selling and distributing on marketplaces.

How do I get my book “available to the world”?

Most digital marketplaces allow you to designate which countries on their distribution network you can sell your content in. More information on selling and distributing on marketplaces.

How do I add an ISBN to my reflowable ebook?

At present, reflowable ebooks do not have ISBNs associated with them.

Why are my images out of order?

Multiple images next to one another follow the “More than one, stack it” rule. Images are stacked according to our natural reading order of left-to-right, top-to-bottom. If the order is wrong you can explicitly correct it by positioning one image at a time vertically in BookWright.

If a very large image overlaps the spine (the middle area of the two pages in BookWright), the image order may be reversed. More information on image placement and layout.

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