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Bookmark a page in an ebook

Gerard I use Active Ebook compiler. I would like to know if it is possible for the reader to bookmark a page (or several) in an ebook compile with this compiler AND if it is possible to jump directly to a page when the ebook contents say 100 pages. The pages have no specific title apart from the page number

Posted on: 7:22 pm on November 23, 2000
EBookCompiler Welcome Gerard.  Nice to see you on the forum.

I can't think of a way to do this on the current version (this doesn't necessarily mean it isn't possible - just that I haven't figured out how).

We could certainly look at adding bookmark features to future versions, and may be this is a good opportunity to get some feedback on how bookmarks should work.

Like Internet Explorer?

So should we keep separate lists for each E-Book.  Presumably yes, to avoid confusion.

Should we save them in IE's format - does it not matter?

Would it be useful to have some kind of automatic bookmark which was the last page viewed on a particular E-Book?

Would it be useful to automatically go back to the last page viewed, or should this be under the author's control, or the readers?

What about framesets.  They are not handled well in IE.  Should we try to do anything differently?

Any other thoughts?

Posted on: 2:31 pm on November 24, 2000
Gerard Perhaps it would be interesting to have a new button on the tool bar that could store a several bookmarked pages in a list (with possibility of a commentar for each page). The last page viewed being automatically stored in a specific place (head of list) with a separation (a simple line) of those pages choosen by the reader.

Posted on: 6:58 pm on November 24, 2000
EBookCompiler Thanks Gerard for the follow up.

I think that would be neat.

I was wondering do you think the E-Book should automatically open on the last page viewed on the last session?  Do you think this should be standard or an option?  

Posted on: 11:13 pm on November 24, 2000
zaako I think the bookmaking is a VERY useful idea.
Especially as the length grows above 15 to 20 pages.
Here's my BS (Belief Statements ) on it.

-Auto open to last page viewed should be a user toggled option.

-Gerard's idea is good!
--A Single button for all bookmarks with last page on top
--Most recent down to least recent also would work.
--A user comment line (40 char or so)
---so they could note why they marked that page would be good.

-A Paragraph or sentence  level bookmark would be awesome!

--Compatibility isn't that important.
--Ease of use is!
--Each book has its own bookmarks. (Just like the "Real World")
--Simple dropdown from button or menu
--Limit it to 10 or 15 items.
--If more than this are needed, maybe the book needs reordering.

-What do framesets have to do with book marking?


Posted on: 7:24 am on November 25, 2000
EBookCompiler Welcome to the forum zaako

Nice thoughts.

Framesets come into bookmarks because of the way they are handled by browsers.  Try going to a site that uses frames and navigate to an internal page which is frame, then bookmark.  Return to the bookmark and you're back at the start of the path.

Try this:
1. Go tohttp://www.wildcomputer.com/free2fax/cover.htm
2. click say Check Coverage in the main window
3. bookmark
4. Close your browser, re-open it and then go back to the bookmark.

Neither NS or IE handle frames+bookmarks well.  I am therefore not sure it is a problem that we can resolve easily in our E-Book Compiler, but it is an issue to be aware of.

Posted on: 11:22 am on November 25, 2000
Gerard Regarding the bookmarking issue.

Perhaps should it be fine to have two buttons added on the tool bar. One to store automatically the last page viewed when a reader is leaving the book and another to allow the reader to bookmark its own pages with a commentary.

Now regarding the use of the book itself.

It seems that many people have some difficulties to understand some processes such as the password implementation or the recentring of the screen when ebooks have been made to work "properly" with a 1024 X 768 definition screen. Some, even, are modifying the font size and do not understand why it remains changed after leaving the book.

I have made an : "How to use this book" page in my ebooks.

To download a free example :http://www.geocities.com/hl-editions/ebook1.htm

I think it would be interesting to be provided with the tool bar icons (as .gif files) in order to put them near the devoted explanations.
It would be very useful as well to give with the compiler a series of small ready to use .gif files for commands such as : Home, Next or Previous page, Next 10 pages or Previous 10 pages, etc (perhaps there are other needs that will upsurge with time)

Posted on: 3:59 pm on November 26, 2000

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