I am putting together a puzzle book. In fact, I have been able to get the book organized into a valid
.epub format. However, when I go to view the book on Amazon's Kindle Preview, the layout is less than desirable on the "Phone" and "Kindle e-Reader" options. The content shows fine when I view it through a web browser or if I open it through Google Play from a variety of tablets or if I view it on Kindle Preview's Tablet view --- and that was how I had tested it.
The dilemma is this. The puzzle book format in order for it to make sense needs to have certain elements together. The general layout each page is this (pretend there's a stylesheet somewhere and there are
divs in various spots)
Number of Possible Solutions (with link to solution page)Puzzle Image HERE
I need for the image to not get tossed on to the next "page" (another swipe). I want each puzzle to be self-contained on one screen regardless of the device. I've tried to have the image auto resize, but this behavior isn't always reliable and if the user chooses a different font setting, auto resizing is irrelevant since the image will simply be too big.
I did some digging around on Amazon's website and found this https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/topic/A1WQ3CZGEVWE1V which effectively says that if you have a book that is image heavy then you want a fixed layout file format.
So I read Amazon's Kindle Publishing Guidelines: http://kindlegen.s3.amazonaws.com/AmazonKindlePublishingGuidelines.pdf to see what it would take to get everything converted to fixed layout file format. From what I gathered, every page has to be its own separate HTML file, with its own stylesheet. I have 100 puzzles, with accompanying solutions making this effectively a 200+ page book (intended).
Thus, my questions are as follows:
- Is the fixed layout file format, the only way to achieve what I'm after (without making the entire page itself an image)?
- Is it true that I have to have a separate stylesheet for each page for fixed layout file format? If so, why?
- Can I have <a> tags in a fixed layout book? (so that I can link to a puzzle's solution and also have a link from the solution back to the original puzzle, among other things)
I ask these questions because this looks like a considerable amount of work and if there are alternative methods in a reflowable way that aren't too much work, I'd rather that. Or if you happen to know some way of taking an existing .epub file which looks as desired in a .pdf [one puzzle on each page] and converting that to fixed layout, I would greatly appreciate a point in the right direction for how to do that.