ePub distribution practices (email/cloud/url/download)

Community Beginner ,
Feb 26, 2021 Feb 26, 2021

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Hi, I recently did a report that I want to distribute to my email list as an epub.

 

My approach is this:

 

-upload ePub to cloud 

-create hyperlink to public document

-include hyperlink in email to user 

-user downloads ePub via hyperlink 

-user opens ePub via reader on their device

 

My problems are on the last step.

 

It has worked on 1/3 tests when downloaded directly to different desktop computers and opened with book reader. It has worked on 0/3 tests when downloaded to different mobile devices all Apple iPhone 10x or newer. 

 

Is their a best practices for easily distributing the ePub? Do I need to host it via a third part online store like kabaoto, Google play, or Amazon? 

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Adobe Community Professional , Feb 26, 2021 Feb 26, 2021
Have you thought of trying out InDesign's Publish Online? You can easily create Interactive publications from your InDesign document and include video, audio and animations, that can be 'read' on any device with an HTML5 browser – PC, Mac, Tablet or Smart Phone. You can even enable it so the reader can download a (static) PDF version. (The disadvantage is the user must be online to access the document and you can't monetise it.) Just a thought!  

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Feb 26, 2021 Feb 26, 2021

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Is this a Reflowable ePub or FXL ePub?

Is there a special reason for choosing this format?

Do you know the kinds of devices/readers the recipients are using?

Are the recipients reasonably technically savvie?

 

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Feb 26, 2021 Feb 26, 2021

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It is an FXL ePub. So I uploaded it into cloud. I had wanted to do an epub so I could include some rich media (like a cover theme song). In addition to my PDF. Doing some more research it appears that a QR code words reasonably well on the mobile device side. So my email contains 

 

PDF Link 

Then as a 'PS' you can view via (insert book app) by scanning the QR code.

 

My hope is to make it as easy as I can... And I welcome any suggestions! Thanks, Derek. 

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Have you thought of trying out InDesign's Publish Online?

You can easily create Interactive publications from your InDesign document and include video, audio and animations, that can be 'read' on any device with an HTML5 browser – PC, Mac, Tablet or Smart Phone. You can even enable it so the reader can download a (static) PDF version.

(The disadvantage is the user must be online to access the document and you can't monetise it.)

Just a thought!

 

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Thank you! Great idea!

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Feb 28, 2021 Feb 28, 2021

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Linkedin Learning have some excellent online video tutorials on creating Publish Online documents and you can get 30-days free access.

 

Note: Please don't include personal contact details on this public forum.

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