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#11  Psymon 01-01-2015, 12:48 PM
Quote Billi
Could you perhaps reasonably divide the fourth volume into two or shrink the size of the illustrations?
Well, I suppose I could go back and re-do all my many images and add more compression to them to make them smaller in size, but then I'd be sacrificing image quality JUST so that I could load my book up here. I suppose it might be different if my intention in creating them was only to load them up here, but that's not the case -- and, if anything, as time goes on, I can well imagine that that particular book will only increase in size, if/when I add in more and more pictures (which I can see happening).

Oh, well. I guess I'm just out of luck -- as is everyone else here -- as far as sharing my wonderful, amazing, utterly incredible books here goes.
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#12  Jellby 01-01-2015, 02:45 PM
As a last resort, "compress" your file with a tool that lets you split it in chunks. No need to modify the book, but a bit less convienient for users, as I did here.
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#13  Psymon 01-01-2015, 03:04 PM
Quote Jellby
As a last resort, "compress" your file with a tool that lets you split it in chunks. No need to modify the book, but a bit less convienient for users, as I did here.
Ha ha, I zipped it up and lost a whopping 2 kb off the 23 megs.
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#14  DaleDe 01-01-2015, 06:22 PM
Quote Psymon
Ha ha, I zipped it up and lost a whopping 2 kb off the 23 megs.
Zipping isn't the solution. An ePub is already zipped. The poster was indicating that splitting the file could be useful.

Dale
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#15  Psymon 01-01-2015, 06:39 PM
Quote DaleDe
Zipping isn't the solution. An ePub is already zipped. The poster was indicating that splitting the file could be useful.
Yeah, I did catch that Jellby mentioned that (and did that), but isn't that expecting a bit much of others, to not only unzip (or un-rar) the files, and then have the knowledge -- never mind inclination -- to put them together? I mean, WE know how to make ebooks, but if I post these to the "get your free ebooks" forum here, I'm sure there's a lot of readers out there who just enjoy reading ebooks, but haven't the first clue how to put them together if they're "taken apart."

I also thought it was interesting, actually, that Jellby loaded up multiple zip files, each under 20 megs (the limit, apparently), and yet all in the same post adding up to much more than that -- so I can't load up one file if it's more than 20 megs, but I guess I could load up 100 or 1000 (hypothetically) that are less than that, all in the same post.

Why not just raise the limit for ebook uploads? Surely I'm not the only person who (along with Jellby) has wanted to load up a book that's bigger than that (and not because its "designed badly" or something, but simply because of the size of it, or the number of images or whatever)?
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#16  Jellby 01-02-2015, 04:51 AM
Quote Psymon
Yeah, I did catch that Jellby mentioned that (and did that), but isn't that expecting a bit much of others, to not only unzip (or un-rar) the files, and then have the knowledge -- never mind inclination -- to put them together?
Others don't have to do anything special: just download all pieces, and unpack the first one with to right tool (winrar, winzip, 7z...), it should automatically pick up the following parts and give you a single unpacked epub file as a result. You could also use other dedicated file splitter tool, but others are less likely to have it already installed.
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#17  HarryT 01-02-2015, 04:56 AM
Quote Psymon
Why not just raise the limit for ebook uploads?
Because downloading large files puts a real strain on the server, and the site owner has indicated that he doesn't wish to increase it.
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#18  Psymon 01-02-2015, 02:59 PM
Took some fiddling -- that is, self-tutoring (as I'd never done this before), but I managed to split my epub into separate zip files. Before I do load them up here, though, I am a bit curious about what Harry was saying...

Quote HarryT
Because downloading large files puts a real strain on the server, and the site owner has indicated that he doesn't wish to increase it.
I can certainly understand concerns about bandwidth, but as Jellby mentioned, when he ran into he same problem he just loaded it up in separate zip files -- so in the end, there hasn't been any "relief" on the server, it still adds up to the same amount of downloads, with the only difference being that it's an extra pain for the end user having to unzip/merge the zips files. So in the end, it would seem that this limit on file size has accomplished nothing at all but to create an inadvertent pain for people. :/

Not that I'm going to convince the site owner to change his mind and increase the limit (although it doesn't hurt to suggest it, at least!) but at the same time I suppose I have to wonder what's wrong with just providing a link where people can download the files -- assuming that the person posting intends to leave the files there "forever". That would give the MR server a bandwidth load of... zero! Well, apart from the 1kb text file that makes up the person's post, of course.

Also, not to complicate this even more, but with this current series of books I've done (one volume in particular) I can see that in time other things will be added to it (it's an anthology), or changes made, and if I have it on my own site that's easy enough to do -- but if I load it up here, then I have to remember to re-load up the newer version if/when one arises...

AND, I also noticed with past uploads that if/when I do upload a newer version, it re-sets the "counter" showing how many people have downloaded the file (even if I gave it the same name), i.e. uploading a new version re-sets that counter back to zero.

Any thoughts? Again, I certainly don't expect anyone to just up and change the way everything has been done here (for years and years, no doubt), but I guess I can't help but wonder about these various things.
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#19  DaleDe 01-02-2015, 04:20 PM
Longer files have more download failures which require more resources I believe.
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#20  Hampshire Nanny 01-02-2015, 05:08 PM
Quote Psymon
AND, I also noticed with past uploads that if/when I do upload a newer version, it re-sets the "counter" showing how many people have downloaded the file (even if I gave it the same name), i.e. uploading a new version re-sets that counter back to zero.
It seems that a lot of the uploaders simply include a line of text saying how many times the prior version was downloaded.
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