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About Digital Textbooks
Choosing a Digital Format
Fixed layout or Reflowable? How do you choose which format is right for your course? We price both formats the same, and both work with most mobile and desktop devices and allow for highlighting, bookmarks, and student notes. While similar, there are key differences:
Fixed Layout ebooks are static, with text in a fixed layout that mirrors that of the print book. Page numbers will reflect the numbering in the print edition. Complex formatting (like that of cookbooks or children’s books) will appear the same as they do in the print version. The font size can’t be changed, but users can zoom into a portion of the page. They are best viewed on large-screened devices like laptops and tablets.
Choose fixed layout when:
- It is crucial that students are able to reference material on specific page numbers
- The text has numerous visual elements like illustrations and photographs that need to hold a fixed layout
- Students are primarily using their laptops or desktop computers to access their digital books
Reflowable eBooks are mutable, with text that adjusts to the screen size of a user’s device. Font size can be increased or decreased for ease of reading on mobile devices or e-readers. They often include more interactive features than a fixed layout ebook, such as live hyperlinks to web sources, footnotes, a linked table of contents, and more. Reflowable eBooks also often integrate better with accessibility software, offering a better user experience.
Choose reflowable when:
- Students are primarily accessing their digital books via their phone or e-reader
- It’s important to the course to have interactive features built into the text
- Students need to be able to enlarge the size of the text rather than zoom in
- An academic accessibility office would prefer the use of a reflowable file
We highly recommend that when adopting a book for a course, you request both formats be made available through your institutional bookstore so that students can choose the best experience for themselves.