Friday, September 27, 2013

More Kinks, More Solutions!

So this morning I finally got around to checking the download links on this site using my wife's iPhone 5.  I'm not sure if it's an iOS7 issue, or if I just had it wrong from the start, but the link is not working the way I want it to.

When I click on the download link on my Galaxy Note 2, it immediately opens the .pdf in Adobe Reader or Kindle, whichever I select as the default.  The book is then present in my Kindle carousel or my Adobe Reader "Recent Files" list, as well as being downloaded directly to my downloads folder in my phone.  So after clicking the link, I have the file on my phone, and I don't need to be connected to the internet to read it.
On my PC, I right click the link, select "Save target as" and the file appears in my downloads folder.  That's the way I want it to work.

On my wife's iPhone, though, a simple tap took me to an error page on blog.com, which I use to host the actual files.  This is obviously not what I want.  A tap-and-hold gave me the option to "Open" the link, which displayed the .pdf in Safari.  This is better, but still not what I want.  I'm going to work on this, and see if I can't make this process easy for Apple users.  For now, check out this article for how to save my .pdf's directly to your iBooks bookshelf.  It's only one more step than what I've just outlined, but I'm still gonna work on making it even easier.  I want this to be literally no effort at all on your part.

And in the spirit of that, I'm currently researching ways to give my ebooks away for free via Google Play Store and iTunes.  I'll definitely let you know what I find out, and provide links so that you can grab my stories for free any time.  Meanwhile, I'll post the article mentioned above to the FAQ, so that anyone who wants to can still get the books as of right now.

On an unrelated note, I'd like to send  out some further props to my friend Nick, who is writing plays and getting them produced in Lawrence, KS.  Check out his work at the EMU Theater.  I'd also like to give another shout to my buddy Zach, who (I hear) lives on a boat, and rescues animals from kill shelters via airplane for a living. Check out Bryson Air on Facebook

Just like I've been sayin' people, I want to know what you're up to!  Surely you have a project, no matter how large or small, that could use a shout out on my growing social media network!  Writing scifi ebooks is what I do, and I'd appreciate any shout outs you can give me!  What do you do?  Bust a comment up in this site's ass!  Or hit me on Facebook, Twitter @ Fr Frankenstein, Tumblr, or hell, even Google+!

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