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HELP - my new ebook needs ages to load

auction24 Dear all....

I need some urgent advice how to minimise the loading time of the ebook created with Active Ebook Compiler 4.22. The file  itself is not to big (2 MB). I know I have compiled about ~60 HTML pages ...and the graphics are all in a reasonable size (< 30 k). Any help would be highly appreciated, since it's a free ebook and people on the internet are not very patient..so I am afraid they not bothering open it ?? What can I do ??
Cheers and Thanks for your advice ..

Posted on: 12:26 pm on November 19, 2005
Storyman Thomas,

You mention loading time, which I take to mean the time it takes for you to upload the file to the server.

It isn't unusual for an upload to take longer than downloading the same file size. Of course it is going to vary  depending on the type of service (DSL, CABLE, Dialup, etc.). Most Internet service providers will give you two speeds; one for download, the other for upload. Check to see if your upload and download times are different.

You might also want to zip the file. The zip program I'd suggest is free (both zips and unzips) is the 7 Zip Project.


Before offering the zipped file on the Internet please experiment with it and have friends (who are familiar with zipped files) open the zip file on their machines. Sometimes there is a lot of difference in the size of the unzipped and zipped file. You'll just have to try it to know for sure.

The best practice is to offer both a standard version and a zipped version for download. You want to avoid creating an additional obstacle for someone who wants to look at your ebook.

Posted on: 5:12 pm on November 19, 2005
auction24 Hi again ..
thanks for your tips ...I'll follow them too. But with loading time I meant the time from double click to actually see the book. That takes very long ...as I said ..it's only 2 MB and I have created even bigger ebook (10 MB) which loads faster than that one...I am not sure...I have the feeling it has something to do with the numbers of html pages compiled into the exe file..It's really wired ...

Thanks again for your reply ...I'll definetely offer a zip file.

Posted on: 12:16 am on November 20, 2005
Storyman Thomas,

Are you using any Activ Script? Maybe the preloader?

If it is just straight HTML, and no additional code is involved, well, that is strange.

I really don't know if this is the problem, but have cleaned out the spyware lately? Also, do a search for *.tmp files, then remove them (it is really best if you start windows in the safe mode because it reduces the number of tmp files created). When the computer is shut down improperly all of the tmp files continue to exist until deleted. 99.9% of the time it is safe to delete tmp files. The reason this could be a factor is that when windows starts one of the first things it does is load up all of the tmp files. As a result the unnecessary tmp files use up memory, which in turn could cause your system to slow down.

Posted on: 3:33 am on November 20, 2005
EBookCompiler You need to give us a clue what the difference between the SLOW and FAST ebooks are?

Could it be that the "SLOW" ebook, is downloading something from the Internet when it starts? e.g. a link to an image on a web site

What about scripts?

What kind of files, and how many of each type in each ebook

Maybe try making a dummy ebook, with just the index page from the slow one's index.htm, and see if that's slow (which if it is tells you it's your index.htm or something in it)

Posted on: 9:47 pm on November 25, 2005

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