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Having problems with my fixed layout EPUB export

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Hello all,

 

I worked on a book project last month about gamification in digital meetings. The book is bilingual, so I needed to put two languages in the page, left side Turkish, right side English. Almost all pages have shapes on the edges where I wrote the category name on top if it, and we have some pages with illustrations.

I already took an interactive PDF export, but my client asked to have epub as well. I've never worked with EPUB before and after I did some research I learned that I need to do a fixed layout one to keep layouts, illustrations and bilingual flow in place and I already read comments that interactive PDF would do just fine. My client was informed about this but still they wanted some EPUB so here we are.

I did the arrangements with image formats and etc. When I exported, I chose "Based on Document Setup" on spread controls and selected imaged to be exported as PNG. I exported and checked on Calibre and WOW, that didn't look like what I was intented. I also checked the export in online viewers and the problems are:

 

  • Things that I left outside the page layout are still visible. Example
  • Left page is bigger than the right page. Example

 

Now, the thing is, I checked the exports on an iPad and iPhone usings iBooks and everything is fine.
I checked in on Play Books on my Android phone, and everything is working fine.
But online viewers and Calibre seems off. I got a chance to check it in Macbook tonight, and while in windowed mode everything is as smooth as on iPad, when we went fullscreen it got stuck left pages, you can literally slide it with the mouse to see the rest of the objects that should flow to the left screen. Between the transition of the pages, again you can see rest of the illustrations and objects.

 

I've never worked with EPUB, and I don't know if these are normal or I screwed up in somewhere in my InDesign document/object settings or during the export ? If I choose "Convert Spread to Landscapce Page" on spread controls, all problems are solved, but that reduces the readability in tablets, and it's basically turns into an interactive PDF as far as I saw.

 

I'm due to send the export the client soon. I already sent the PDF and told them I had some technical problems with EPUB but don't want to keep them waiting too much, or if this export is how it supposed to be, than I need to explain it's limitations (where they can use) and a brief why.

 

Thanks in advance!

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Having problems with my fixed layout EPUB export

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Hello all,

 

I worked on a book project last month about gamification in digital meetings. The book is bilingual, so I needed to put two languages in the page, left side Turkish, right side English. Almost all pages have shapes on the edges where I wrote the category name on top if it, and we have some pages with illustrations.

I already took an interactive PDF export, but my client asked to have epub as well. I've never worked with EPUB before and after I did some research I learned that I need to do a fixed layout one to keep layouts, illustrations and bilingual flow in place and I already read comments that interactive PDF would do just fine. My client was informed about this but still they wanted some EPUB so here we are.

I did the arrangements with image formats and etc. When I exported, I chose "Based on Document Setup" on spread controls and selected imaged to be exported as PNG. I exported and checked on Calibre and WOW, that didn't look like what I was intented. I also checked the export in online viewers and the problems are:

 

  • Things that I left outside the page layout are still visible. Example
  • Left page is bigger than the right page. Example

 

Now, the thing is, I checked the exports on an iPad and iPhone usings iBooks and everything is fine.
I checked in on Play Books on my Android phone, and everything is working fine.
But online viewers and Calibre seems off. I got a chance to check it in Macbook tonight, and while in windowed mode everything is as smooth as on iPad, when we went fullscreen it got stuck left pages, you can literally slide it with the mouse to see the rest of the objects that should flow to the left screen. Between the transition of the pages, again you can see rest of the illustrations and objects.

 

I've never worked with EPUB, and I don't know if these are normal or I screwed up in somewhere in my InDesign document/object settings or during the export ? If I choose "Convert Spread to Landscapce Page" on spread controls, all problems are solved, but that reduces the readability in tablets, and it's basically turns into an interactive PDF as far as I saw.

 

I'm due to send the export the client soon. I already sent the PDF and told them I had some technical problems with EPUB but don't want to keep them waiting too much, or if this export is how it supposed to be, than I need to explain it's limitations (where they can use) and a brief why.

 

Thanks in advance!

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Beyond the Books app on iPad, iPhone and Mac, reader support for fixed layout epub is pretty bad. You can try Thorium which is beginning to show some promise. https://www.edrlab.org/software/thorium-reader

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Thanks for the tip, I installed Thorium and the reading experience is much better than other online viewers and Calibre. I'll be using in future if I need an epub reader. But even in Thorium my problem still continues.

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The worst part is that Adobe has its own epub reader and it's garbage. They should be embarrassed by Adobe Digital Editions.

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