Enhanced Ebooks

Enhanced eBooks include interesting features like embedded media (audio and video), interactivity, audio book (Media Overlay/narration), and more. Both reflowing and fixed layout ebooks can be enhanced (or not).

Feeling out of your depth? Before delving into the topic of enhanced ebooks, you might like to read more on reflowing ebook conversion, ebook design and a fixed layout ebooks first.

Multimedia we can handle

  1. Video
  2. Audio books standalone (Audible)
  3. Audio books within ebooks (Media Overlay)
  4. Interactive form fields (and answer check)
  5. Field population (eg. Insert Your Name Interactive Ebooks)
  6. Sound effects (and buttons)
  7. Animation
  8. Custom interactivity (Javascript / HTML5 in epub3.0 supported by Apple)

Both ePub and Amazon formats can be enhanced, although support for enhanced Amazon formats is limited to certain devices and apps, so it can complicate the sales and marketing of such books.

An enhanced ebook adds great value to your product, but it also comes with some extra challenges, particularly when it comes to device support and distribution. Unfortunately the publishing industry is still plagued by format wars and licensing complications that mean not all devices can support enhanced features, such as audio and video.

We will help you manage this for your project from the outset (at quoting stage). We will also advise you if we feel your interactive ebook plans are too complex and you should instead consider developing an app. Ebook enhancements are multimedia features that are limited to specific eBook devices and apps. Apple iBooks currently has the best support for enhanced ebooks. Kobo supports Media Overlay (read more about this on the FAQ).

We started using Amazon’s Interactive Ebook multimedia text book format in 2016 with Amanda Greenslade's children's book Myra and the Magic Motocycle.

Should I include forms in my enhanced ebook?

The first thing to determine for yourself is if you think your readers really would want to fill in the forms you mentioned on their iPad. Currently Apple iPad is the only device and ebook vendor supporting fillable forms.

You can check out some of our existing projects with forms below. They come in two types:

1. Include one or more forms for filling in on Apple iPad

These can be (a) hand-coded using JavaScript in HTML5 for epub 3.0 or (b) created with Apple iBooks Author, depending on the needs of the layout and forms and the design workflow.

These can be (a) hand-coded using JavaScript in HTML5 for epub 3.0 or (b) created with Apple iBooks Author, depending on the needs of the layout and forms and the design workflow.

• The Bible The Big Picture

While we are keen to work on an Apple iBooks Author project, with forms and other interactive features, this program is so easy to use that we find most authors DIY. It may take a fair amount of time, but it is a good way to work, if you are the creative visual/design type of writer. We often come in more towards the end with one of these projects where our customers have encountered a hurdle (eg. with video formats or distribution). We can assist you with your Apple iBooks Author project to get it that final way to the finish line. Or we can design ebooks from scratch using this powerful ebook design program for Mac.

2. Include hyperlinks to download the forms as PDFs so they can be printed and filled in on paper

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