Although you are using the same manuscript for your print and eBook files, the two will not look the same, as their functionalities differ.
A dynamic eBook (generally in ePUB format) employs real-time flowable text that allows you to read it on any eReader and adjust the font size and style to fit your reading preferences. There is no set pagination with a dynamic eBook because the number of words displayed per page can change based on user settings and the screen size of the device. Therefore, the answer to this question is: no.
There are several elements that do not translate properly into a dynamic eBook:
- Drop Caps: While they look beautiful in print books, the fact is they won’t necessarily look as nice in eBooks. When converting your files to eBook, your drop caps must be converted to images to ensure that they remain the correct size and font. Once this is done, we cannot guarantee that these images will align in the proper location on all devices.
- Emoji: (small digital image used to convey emotion, such as a smiley face) While certain platforms, such as iBooks, can display emoji, the truth is that there are many eReaders that cannot display them and will omit them altogether. We recommend excluding them from your manuscript.
- Fonts: No matter what font you use when creating your manuscript, you are still limited to the fonts in the eBook device’s font library. These libraries are typically very basic and may not be able to display the same font as your print book. This means that the Century Gothic you used for your print book may be substituted with Arial on your eReader.
- Justification: Using full justification in your manuscript may cause irregular spacing in between words, as the eReading device adjusts the word spacing so that the text can fall flush with both the right and left margins.
- Text wrapping: Most eReading devices cannot accommodate text wrapping and will separate the image from its corresponding text. This can result in your image falling somewhere out of context.
- Image captions: Due to the reflowable nature of the eBook, we cannot guarantee that the captions will stay with the images on every device. Though we can attempt to apply code to your eBook file to discourage the caption from separating, the end result ultimately lies with the eReading device. Some will simply separate the image and caption in order to maintain the reflowable nature.
- Back cover: eBooks do not typically include a back cover. The purpose of the back cover is to entice readers to purchase your book. With eBooks, the readers will not see the back cover until after they have already purchased it.