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eBook Sets

fatherunit Setup:
- 5 unique ebooks that are part of a set (imagine vol 1 - 5)
-  password protect each ebook
-  provide buyer option to buy whatever combination of volumes desired (1 alone, 1&2, 2&3, 1&2&3, 3&5, etc)
- ebooks prepared in Activ Ebook Compiler (AEC)

Question: if I'm reading the multiple passwords help file in AEC correctly, it appears that the buyer must initiate the buying process from the ebook itself to pass the password id # to the payment processor, which then passes the buyer on to my website page that corresponds to the password id #.

This setup appears to limit the buyer to purchasing a single ebook at a time, and does not allow purchasing ebooks in multiple-ebook sets / packages.  This single ebook purchase limitation does not promote the ability to provide discount price structures (e.g., "buy 3 for the price of 2".

Is there a workaround for this situation?
Ideally when the buyer purchases a multiple volume set they'd receive a single email providing the passwords for each ebook volume.

Payment processor: Plimus (www.plimus.com) which provides a wonderful capability of issuing password lists that I upload.

Thank you in advance for any ideas.

Posted on: 11:18 am on March 22, 2011
rlemire fatherunit;

I may be wrong -- but I think Activ E-Book uses the ESBN number to identify each eBook as unique. That means each ESBN (eBook) has it's own password ID#.

A trick I use to allow customer's to "freely" activate a new version (upgrade) of an existing eBook is to make sure the "upgrade" uses the original "aep" file (keeping the same ESBN number)

I'm pretty sure this same technique could be used for 5 volumes (1&2&3&4&5) but that would not work for 1&2, 2&3, 1&2&3 etc.

The only solution that I could see (very complicated) would require planning for multiple sets ahead of time. Each "set" would require it's own ESBN ID#.

ESBN1 = 1&2, ESBN2 = 2&3, ESBN3 = 1&2&3, ESBN4 = 3&5

As you can imagine -- that would require a lot of time and effort.


Posted on: 4:59 pm on April 12, 2011

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