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Author Topic: New feature! eBooks of Plaza stories  (Read 2761 times)

Offline webnik

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New feature! eBooks of Plaza stories
« on: April 04, 2019, 02:19:36 AM »
I'm experimenting with offering all the Plaza stories as downloadable eBooks (free of course), for reading offline.
As a first step, please could you download this TEST BOOK and let me know how well/badly it works on your ereader app, software or device:
(removed link - testing has finished)

the book is in epub format, which works on almost all devices (iPhone/Pads, Android, Nook, Kobo, computers, etc). For help with ebooks this page looks useful https://www.wikihow.com/Open-EPUB-Files.

If you use a Kindle, you'll need to use this mobi format file instead:
(removed link - testing has finished)

Any problems? I'll need to know exactly which device and which version of the ereader software you are using please.

(My plan is to build this feature into the existing story search engine, so you can find a selection of stories by your favourite author, or with certain tags, and then download a custom ebook of just those stories.)
« Last Edit: May 11, 2019, 03:10:19 AM by webnik »

Offline taurired

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Re: New feature! eBooks of Plaza stories
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2019, 02:45:23 PM »
This is great idea! (I download stories I want to read and manually convert them anyway).

I usually use Bookfusion (both as web app and mobile apps) as reader.
Bookari (android reader app which I also use)
Both works fine with test epub file.


Offline M_Ink

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Re: New feature! eBooks of Plaza stories
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2019, 10:51:54 AM »
Works fine with Android 6 Marshmallow and Moon+ Reader Pro. Good idea!

Offline ace35

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Re: New feature! eBooks of Plaza stories
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2019, 10:54:45 AM »
I also think this is a great idea, so far I have used the default reader in Windows 10 and had to hunt one for Chromebook and found an extension called EpubReader  that works well.

Offline Gabrielle

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Re: New feature! eBooks of Plaza stories
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2019, 07:45:20 PM »
 Love this idea thank you.

The trial book worked fine.
 
Sending Mobi to Kindle is quick and simple. There are no problems reading the book.
Gabrielle

Offline Zephyr

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Re: New feature! eBooks of Plaza stories
« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2019, 10:15:39 AM »
Love the idea, looks good. Some of the to-forum links are broken but they are broken on the actual page in the site as well (specifically, the forum feedback link in "Belinda's". Other than that, outstanding.

Offline CoolerThanCool

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Re: New feature! eBooks of Plaza stories
« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2019, 03:16:34 PM »
Seems fine in Nook and Calibre

Offline taurired

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Re: New feature! eBooks of Plaza stories
« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2019, 07:35:18 PM »
How soon this feature will be in production? What can we do for it?

Offline webnik

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Re: New feature! eBooks of Plaza stories
« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2019, 08:27:56 PM »
How soon this feature will be in production? What can we do for it?

Pretty soon! I was just waiting for more feedback from users about whether they'd use it, and what type of ereader they had.

One thing that would really help is if someone can contribute a graphic to use as the ebook covers? It should be a 1618px wide x 2500px high PNG, and have room for me to automatically add the book title/author name. I was thinking perhaps a larger version of the "bottom + handcuffs" graphic that is used on the Plaza pages, "Gromet's Plaza" in large text, and "Adult"/"18+" graphic? But that is just an idea.

(The same graphic will be used for all downloaded ebooks, so at the moment there won't be a different cover graphic depending on what type of stories they are.)

Offline webnik

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Re: New feature! eBooks of Plaza stories
« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2019, 01:04:40 AM »
Just to get a bit more interest, I've now added a little 'download as eBook' button in the search page results. Is it obvious enough?



(All it does at the moment is bring you to this forum discussion.)

Offline Tom

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Re: New feature! eBooks of Plaza stories
« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2019, 02:28:12 AM »
Windows 10, self-loaded into MS Edge.
Not problems

Offline taurired

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Re: New feature! eBooks of Plaza stories
« Reply #11 on: May 01, 2019, 02:52:37 PM »
Suggestion: why not add it not only to search engine to but to stories themselves (if story is multipart one - all currently published parts should be downloaded)?

Offline webnik

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Re: New feature! eBooks of Plaza stories
« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2019, 12:10:42 AM »
Suggestion: why not add it not only to search engine to but to stories themselves (if story is multipart one - all currently published parts should be downloaded)?

Good idea, thanks  :) I'd like to add that sort of thing, as well as generally improve the navigation within multipart stories.

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Re: New feature! eBooks of Plaza stories
« Reply #13 on: May 02, 2019, 12:13:19 AM »
This is my attempt at an ebook cover:

Offline taurired

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Re: New feature! eBooks of Plaza stories
« Reply #14 on: May 02, 2019, 01:26:19 AM »
Suggestion: why not add it not only to search engine to but to stories themselves (if story is multipart one - all currently published parts should be downloaded)?

Good idea, thanks  :) I'd like to add that sort of thing, as well as generally improve the navigation within multipart stories.
Btw, can something be done with stories like Weekend Maid? it's listed as 1-2-3-4-5-6a-6-7... but story logic is 1-2-3-4-5-6(end), 6a is alternative to part 6 and part 7 follows 6a and not 6