As the name suggests, the content of reflowable eBook appears to be flowing from page to page. This makes the content adapt intuitively to the dimensions of reader device’s screen without anything spilling out of the readable area. Your reader can adjust various settings for optimum reading pleasure. Settings that can be tweaked include size of font, spacing between lines, style and margins. As soon as you change the settings, the content embraces the same and reflows accordingly.
The flexible approach of the eBook ensures that same content can appear differently to different audiences. On a given device, the length of the eBook may span 200 pages while on another it may be just 50 pages.
Reflowable eBook is available in 2 formats- .mobi for Kindle readers and epub for Android, iOS, Nook and other systems. Your printed book can be converted into these versions by first converting into PDF format and then into HTML5 and CSS. This is similar to web pages.
However, if you want the styling of your eBook to be impeccable, you need to hire someone with adequate technical understanding of the eBook properties. This would result in images being positioned strategically, headings being provided in multi-level manner, lists carry bullets, and captions and links properly placed.
The technical standards governing them are constantly getting updated. The format still suffers from minor limitations like no support for complex design elements such as fixed position content or columns. Text cannot be wrapped around pictures and things cannot be locked in place. Fanciful fonts or color are not displayed by majority of Kindle readers.
This implies that you still can’t present reflowable eBook with same typographical clarity and typesetting embellishment like a normal printed book. As technical standards are getting improved, texts and embedded images can be controlled in better manner. With release of each new device, sophistication level and styling intricacy increases.
Reflowable eBooks may be suffering from certain styling related shortcomings, but they enjoy maximum popularity among readers and publishers. This is because readers can exercise significant amount of control on eBook. Due to smaller file sizes, readers can download these eBooks quickly and easily without expending much on downloading.
All eBook retail platforms support selling of reflowable eBooks. Many eBooks in fiction and non-fiction genres are published in this format. If your printed book is text only or carries in-line pictures of standard type, conversion to reflowable format can be done inexpensively. Conversion of books with complex styling may be a costly affair. A number of changes have to be done before the book can adjust to reflowable format specifications.