A “Fixed Layout” e-book is probably the dumbest of all e-book formats. It’s essentially a copy of an existing book’s layout, and requires the reader to pinch and pan to TRY to read it.
Still, some books are OK in that format — photo books, some children’s books, some illustrated textbooks, and some cookbooks.
To learn lots more about converting a book to a fixed-layout e-book, see the continually-updated “Field Guide to Fixed Layout for E-Book”, available in PDF or EPUB format from the Book Industry Study Group here.
For a bit more info, see Steve Werner’s post here.
Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.