5 Replies Latest reply: Dec 11, 2012 7:35 AM by Fulvio71
Fulvio71 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hello,

 

I will shortly distribute a free ibook. While I wait for it to be accepted on the ibookstore, since it is free, I will make it immediately available also from web.

Now: I've uploaded the file and we are making tests with the ipad... but once I browse to the page containing the link to the .ibooks file (takes a while) I get in front of the .ibooks file icon with the title, dimension and with two options: "open in.." or "open in ibooks".

Both links are not working.. nothing happens neither on the browser nor in the Ibook application.

It seems just a pair of dead links.

The file is quite big (around 400mb).. could this be the reason?

Anyone can help me?

Thanks

 

Fulvio


iBook
  • 1. Re: Problem on downloading .ibooks file from web-page (not from IBookstore)
    vinnyvg Level 4 Level 4 (1,730 points)

    I have placed iBooks files onlline for downloads and attached (small sized samples) in emails without problems.

    I am not sure you can actually download to the iPad direct and on my websites I give the "add file" process for iTunes and also give a Dropbox link.  The downloader does not need a Dropbox account to  download in  insert to  iTunes, but  having Dropbox on the iPad makes life easier, so maybe you  can also add a link to the Dropbox website / app.

     

    There is also the alternative to zip the file.

     

    Do you handle your own websites or do others do it for you?

  • 2. Re: Problem on downloading .ibooks file from web-page (not from IBookstore)
    gadgetgurl42 Level 2 Level 2 (175 points)

    It is possible to download an .ibooks file directly to the iPad from a website. It's how I've managed to distribute books to colleagues when the file size was too big for email.

     

    Given that it's about 400MB in size, I would suggest that it may take a while to initiate download, especially since going straight from website to iPad is over wireless; something like processing data in a print queue before starting to print??

     

    Choose iBooks at 'open in' and then just leave it. Otherwise, maybe delete and reinstall iBooks, or try on a different iPad. I'd be happy to try if you want another tester.

     

    Jenny

  • 3. Re: Problem on downloading .ibooks file from web-page (not from IBookstore)
    K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,700 points)

    Be sure to use a Wi-Fi connected iPad, not a cell connection

     

    Show an example of one of those links. Confirm you're using the .ibooks files and not .iba.

  • 4. Re: Problem on downloading .ibooks file from web-page (not from IBookstore)
    Fulvio71 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for your help,

     

    I actually found out the issue: when you get to "open with ibooks" with big files it takes at least 30seconds for the ibook app to start (we are on a agency wifi quite fast). If, in those 30sec, you re-hit the button (which is a possible behaviuor since nothing happens for a while) you are re-launching the command...and that means restart counting to 30secs. Of course this get worse as you click and click. I think this is an issue to be solved...or in some way explained under the open with button...

  • 5. Re: Problem on downloading .ibooks file from web-page (not from IBookstore)
    Fulvio71 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    By the way... if you want to see the book, here it is!

     

    http://www.esa.int/Highlights/ESA_s_first_iBook

     

    Just wait (on the download link) for the main download (3 mins) and then click ONLY ONCE the "open with Ibook"... if you re-hit the button it will take longer. Once you press the "open with" you will have to wait around 30secs for the Ibook app (updated to the last version) to start and load the book.