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IBook size and iPad limitations

504 Views 10 Replies Latest reply: Apr 21, 2012 5:02 AM by Gestaltdev RSS
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Apr 20, 2012 2:23 AM

We created a 540Mb interactive e-book using iBook Author. We are distributing it to company employees using Dropbox. I have had several complaints already that the download process seems to get stuck when you select "open in iBooks". One person reported waiting for 2 hours without success. The complaints have been coming from those using iPad 1 and 2. They are using iBooks 2.1.1 and they have more than sufficient free space on their iPad.

 

Has anyone run into issues distributing larger e-books?

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  • MichiHenning Level 4 Level 4 (1,350 points)
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    Apr 20, 2012 2:53 AM (in response to Gestaltdev)

    The way to make it work is to download the file and drag and drop it into iTunes. Once there, you can sync the book to your iPad.

     

    Michi.

  • MichiHenning Level 4 Level 4 (1,350 points)
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    Apr 20, 2012 2:15 PM (in response to Gestaltdev)

    Gestaltdev wrote:

     

    Are there any guidelines as to the maximum size file that can be deployed using the download method?

    Not that I know of. Does it work for a smaller file size? What you've run into sounds like a bug, but it's difficult to know where. Could be with Dropbox or with iBooks.

     

    Michi.

  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,215 points)
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    Apr 20, 2012 2:22 PM (in response to Gestaltdev)

    Therre are no restrictions from your server(s) - but you should do your user's a favor and warn them, etc., so they don't unknowingly run up cell charges

     

    You may want to ask them to try downloading to their computer first, and then doing a local sync to their device.

  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,215 points)
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    Apr 20, 2012 3:11 PM (in response to Gestaltdev)

    Would not be good if we made this a standard because the main users will be sales and they tend want the mechanics of downloads to be as simple and quick as possible.

    When you say 'sales'...does that mean via the store or your own servers?

     

    540mb shouldn't be that much...can you survey server logs to check for hints on that end?

  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,215 points)
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    Apr 20, 2012 3:22 PM (in response to Gestaltdev)

    Nice

     

    I'd verify the server is configured for an .ibooks file, then I'd see if a target iPad can download any other file type similar in size. I think there are some previous threads here for server config...

     

    Stick with it...you'll get there.

  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,215 points)
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    Apr 20, 2012 7:26 PM (in response to MichiHenning)

    How much traffic do you get on DB w/your books?

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