Tales by Trees

It was such a delight to work on creating the eBooks for Tales by Trees, a series of illustrated fairy tales for grown-ups that have been compared to J. R. R. Tolkien and Grimms’ Fairy Tales.

Written by award-winning author Iiro Küttner and featuring illustrations by award-winning graphic novelist and visual artist Ville Tietäväinen, each book is a fully self-contained story, combining fantasy, nature, wisdom, wonder and folklore.

carp1The Carpenter

It was said that in his hands wood ceased to be wood. In his hands it turned to gold, to beautiful dreams and works of philosophy. – The Carpenter

The emperor’s chief master cabinetmaker is given an order to make whatever his own heart most desires. He knows immediately what he needs to build. But the challenge that he faces has serious consequences on his life and the people he loves.

The Knight

By day the air over the distant mountains seemed to swirl as if stirred by the motions of mighty wings. By night the firmament was black and eerily devoid of stars. As if the very stars had taken fright, fearing that all too soon the dragon’s hunger would reawaken from its age-long sleep. – The Knight

A young Knight who spends his entire life preparing for a battle against the Dragon. The task proves difficult since time passes at a highly accelerated pace in the Dragon’s cave. Ultimately only love can defeat the monster.


The Seafarer

One branch of this giant tree gave man shelter, another gave him fire. The third branch helped men to cross the waters and conquer the entire earth. It was from parts of this branch that ancient people had shaped the first seafaring craft, and it was from its sprouts that came all trees fit for building ships. – The Seafarer

A Prince goes to the seaside every day and dreams of sailing away. The sea means everything to him. But as his city is surrounded by desert, it has no ships nor are there trees to build any. The Prince decides to trade his crown to three seeds which are said to be from the Great World Tree itself.

sea1Fixed-layout conversions

All three of these Tales by Trees titles were converted into fixed-layout formats. These formats allow us to closely replicate the original and allow for a more complex layout than reflowable eBook formats, including features like full-bleed graphics, background images, double-page spreads, and multi-column text.

trees_kindleipadWe’re often asked about the optimum page sizes or aspect ratio for fixed-layout conversions since there are many different devices and screen dimensions that readers may use to view your eBook (we have more information about that here).

For their titles, Tales by Trees decided to send us two input documents, one sized for conversion to ePUB 3 and then another sized for the KF8 and PagePerfect conversions. Though this meant some minor modifications to the layout, it ensured that the pages better fill the screen of different sized devices and also that everything lines up correctly for those systems that support two-page view.

Most compatible ePUB 3 devices, such as iPad, iPhone, Google Nexus and Kobo Arc, allow readers to switch between viewing the eBook as single pages or as two-page spreads. Most devices that support fixed-layout ePUB 3 also allow users to zoom in and enlarge specific areas of the page, meaning readers can enlarge both the text and illustrations. Though the KF8 format doesn’t allow readers to enlarge the text unless the file contains Kindle’s pop-up text feature, readers can still tap images to enlarge them and see the incredible detail that’s gone into the stunning illustrations in all three of these Tales by Trees titles.


The eBooks for all three Tales by Trees titles are now available on all major eBook retailers’ sites. To celebrate the release of The Knight and The Seafarer, The Carpenter is currently available at the special price of $0.99/£0.99/€0.99 for a limited time.

You can learn more about Tale by Tress by visiting their website or following them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


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