I specialize in creating interactive fixed format illustrated ebooks for Kindle and iBooks, but also do reflowable ePub and Mobi files with complex styling. If you have a children's book or graphic novel, an art or photo book, or any work with complex layouts, I can turn it into an ebook for you.
Use the contact page to send a query with the details of your project for a quote, or contact me through Upwork. Be sure to list the number of pages, what type of book it is, and which format(s) you want, along with any special options, such as Text Pop-Ups or Video, and your desired time frame for completion.
Please see the chart below for current rates and options, an FAQ, and sample files of some fixed layout features.
The files below provide examples of what is possible in the two main fixed layout formats. Click each link to download the file, and then open on your device. If you download from the browser on your device you should be able to open them directly, but you can also transfer them manually to your device from a desktop via USB. Use direct drag-and-drop for Kindle (they will appear on the Docs tab), and iTunes for iOS devices.
You may also open the files on a desktop application, but be aware that some features are not available on these platforms.
Features Read Aloud, Embedded Audio and Video, and Interactive elements
The iBooks format is ideal for illustrated ebooks, with the iPad devices presenting a book-friendly 4:3 aspect ratio and built-in pinch-and-zoom for text and image magnification. Apple, however, requires live text layers, though this is not strictly enforced for comics.
Amazon's Kindle platform leads the field in market share, so while the widescreen presentation of the Fire tablets is not ideal for fixed layouts, the wide distribution of devices more than makes up for it. The "Region Magnification" feature is unique to this platform, and has many uses.
Features & Options:
Features & Options:
The following are my standard rates for ebook production. Payments via PayPal only, with a minimum of half up front as a retainer and the remainder upon completion. No files will be delivered until full payment is received.
|Base Rate:||$50.00 (includes Cover, Table of Contents, up to 50,000 words and 10 images)|
|Additional word charge:||$1.00 per 1000 words|
|Additional graphics:||$1.00 per image or decorative element (drop caps excluded)|
|Per Video/Audio file:||$5.00|
|Bundle Includes:||ePub, Kindle|
|Base Rate:||$50.00 (includes cover and all support files)|
|Per page charge:||$1.00 (includes one layer)|
|Per layer charge:||$1.00 per each additional layer (i.e. text or image pop-ups)|
|Per Video/Audio file:||$5.00 (epub only, for iBooks, Google Play, and Kobo)|
|Read Aloud:||.10¢ per word (iBooks only; audio narration must be provided)|
|Interactivity:||$10.00 per page element (i.e. stamp, drag, animations)|
|Bundle Discount:||Half price for 2nd format (discounted from lowest price format)|
|Base Rate:||$1.00 per page (text only, graphic design & styling included)|
|Per image charge:||$1.00 (includes graphic design & layout, such as word wrap)|
|Specifications:||PDF/X-1a:2001 or High Quality for Web|
For a detailed quote please use the Contact page to send a query for your project and I will respond as soon as possible.
If supplying a custom font for embedding, its licensed must allow for distribution, either freely or with a purchased license.
All images should be in RGB JPEG format for Kindle, up to 1.5 Mb per image as an upper recommendation (although up to 5 MB is allowed), in the resolution of your choice (150 ppi is a good choice). For iBooks fixed layouts images must contain no more than 5 million pixels each. PNG with transparency is supported in ePub and iBooks, but not on Kindle.
Audio for narration can be submitted in any format, but mp3 or m4a are standard. I can convert audio files if necessary. This is true of video as well, but accepted formats for iBooks are m4v or mp4.
If used, ISBN's must be provided along with the ebook content, as it will be added to the ebook metadata as its unique identifier.
Resolution, on the other hand, is how many pixels are in the image, measured as dimensions, such as 1200x800. Given that display resolution continues to increase, it is best to add the largest images you can, especially if your readers may want to zoom the page. The largest Kindle currently is the HDX 8.9 with a resolution of 2560x1600. To allow for zoom a full page image should be 1.5 times that, or 3840x2400 (if you use that aspect ratio). Unfortunately, however, Apple limits total image size to 4 million pixels, which even 2560x1600 exceeds. The largest resolution that can be used in iBooks (at their 4:3 ratio) is 2309x1732, so a nice, even 2300x1725 would suffice. You may submit different size images for iBooks and Kindle if you wish.
A further consideration is the file size of each image. Amazon restricts this to 5 Mb per image, but that is excessive, and each image should be kept below 2 Mb for performance reasons, with 1.5 Mb being a good upper range. File size varies greatly depending on the content, but images that are too small become fuzzy when zoomed to full screen or larger, so a happy medium is in order.