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Illustrated and Fixed Layout Books

Distributing illustrated books can be tricky. Actually, distributing any fixed layout book can be tricky, especially on Kindles and in the Kindle app.

PDFs: The Perfect Format for Illustrated Books

Your illustrated (or fixed layout) book is guaranteed to look its Sunday-best to readers if you distribute it in PDF. PDFs are designed for fixed layouts, so the format is perfect for illustrated books.

If you want to also distribute an EPUB file alongside your PDF, there are a few things you need to know so that your readers never download a broken book.

Illustrated EPUBs

Fixed layout EPUB files aren’t usually a problem for readers. Most EPUB devices and reading apps will display your book’s formatting correctly.

Readers will always see your beautiful book as you designed it when you distribute a PDF.

Broken Formatting in Illustrated Books

The Kindle For iOS app was updated in late 2023 to support illustrated books when a proper EPUB is converted with Amazon Send to Kindle.

How to Add a PDF

To upload a PDF to a book that you have created on BookFunnel:

  1. Click Books on your BookFunnel dashboard.
  2. Click the book title.
  3. Click the Upload Book Files button to manually locate the PDF on your computer, or simply drag-and-drop your PDF.

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