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Hello There & Welcome! My name is Cynthia Jabar.

I'm a Picture Book Author, Illustrator, Occasional Editor & Ebook Tinkerer published by Candlewick Press, FSG, Harper Collins, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt & other fancy pants publishers. I'm wicked lucky, I know. I also create & license characters & surface designs for games, sticker activity books, craft kits, temporary tattoos & other fun stuff.

But my favorite thing to do is create storytelling experiences with & for kids. I'm a self proclaimed Web Literacy Mentor that refuses to give up. My mission is to help empower kids to discover their voices, tell their own stories & become creators of content and not just consumers as they change the world for good. All while eating COOKIES! These are my notes.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Making Fixed Layout Ebooks for Children's Books

“If children are the future, then Ebooks are the future of the publishing industry,” 
- The ABC's of Kids & Ebooks

Ready to make an Ebook? 
Fixed-layout seems to be the best format for children's books because they contain so much non-flowable content (i.e. illustration,photos etc). The Ebook Architects give non coders a generous explaination of what a fixed layout might look like here and why you might need one.

Here's a free epub produced by BISG (Book Industry Study Group) called a Field Guide To Fixed Layout for E-Books. Published February 2013, it's a wealth of information about creating fixed layout Ebooks. You can download it here.

Field Guide To Fixed layout for E-books, published by BISG

Ebook Architects: Great information about what authors & illustrators need to consider before creating Ebooks
CircularFlo: Circular software that converts InDesign files to the fixed layout format "in one click". Creating a Fixed-Layout EPUB with Anne-Marie Conception
Liz Castro: Fixed Layout EPUBs For iPad and iPhone
MobileRead Wiki: Fixed layout ePub
R. Scot Johns: Kindle Fixed layout Tutorial & Book
Tim Vandevall: Create a Fixed Layout Book Without Coding

A Fantastic Resource: Going From InDesign to Ebook
By Colleen Cunningham, ebook developer, F + W Media here.


Fixed Layout Book Design Template from Joel Friedlander $27.00
Here's a video of Joels template in use from $499.00 $199 (iPad only) + $199 standard or $299 premium packages
Ebook Architects Quotes available upon request



E-Publishing & Nimble Thinking from Publishers Weekly
Rizzoli Launches First Immersive Narrative Ebook Collection for Kids at Bologna Children's Book Fair from Digital Book World



Trajectory Inks E-book Deals with Chinese Publishers at Bologna Book Fair
Frederator Hires David Wilk To Run New E-book Unit
Scholastic Adds HarperCollin's Children's Books to Storia Platform
More Than Half U.S. Kids Reading Ebooks, New Report Shows

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