Kathryn M


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  1. 8 months ago
    Tue Jan 19 21:22:46 2021
    K Kathryn M started the conversation Manual Read-Aloud Set Up Not Working.

    I have a page where the text and audio are replicated from an earlier page. I want to manually set up the read-aloud by using the same smil and audio assets generated for the earlier page, so I don't have to re-sync it. When I do this, the audio is embedded in the page, but the highlighting doesn't occur. It's definitely enabled for the project - it works on other pages.
    I have to resync the audio using the wizard, which defeats the purpose of being able to set it up manually.
    Am I missing a step?

  2. Tue Jan 19 21:16:36 2021
    K Kathryn M posted in PDF Export.

    I've also had requests from customers (school teachers) to be able to do this. It would be a good feature to add.

  3. Sun Jan 10 09:30:42 2021
    K Kathryn M started the conversation Quiz Activity.

    Is it possible to change the line spacing of the answers in a quiz activity?
    I like to use 36px font size for the answers as my books are for early readers. But when I do this, the bottom of the 'check' and 'reset' buttons disappear. And I would like to space the lines further apart - e.g. when I use 36px font in the text on page, I set the line space to 52px.

  4. Sun Jan 10 08:57:53 2021

    How many frames are in your animation? And is the audio embedded in the animation, or separate? Angelo advised me to use video instead of animation for my books, which I've finally realised is good advice and switched to that. I had 72 frames in each of my animations (1 per page). The video file is a much smaller data package than the animation, and doesn't interfere with the timing of my audio read-aloud narration. There are some settings when you embed video to make it work the same way as an animation - I can let you know about those if you think that would be a solution for you.

  5. Wed Jan 6 08:35:01 2021

    Hi Nadine, are you using Books app on a MacBook laptop, or on an iPad? I have a similar issue with Books on my MacBook Pro (the read-along narration doesn't play in sync with the word highlighting), but the timing is fine with Books on any iOS device.
    I am still trying to figure out if this is an issue with the Mac OS Books app, or if an adjustment could be made to Pubcoder to resolve the issue.

  6. Thu Dec 31 11:27:49 2020
    K Kathryn M started the conversation xPub file not exporting all localizations selected.

    I have one project for which the xPub export refuses to include the French localization, despite it being selected in project settings. When I open the file in Pubreader on both iPad and Galaxy tablet, and use the flag option to select available languages, French is not an option in the list. All my other projects successfully export all localizations selected. I can't see any reason why this one isn't behaving properly. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I could check?

  7. Tue Dec 29 06:04:34 2020

    :-) Happy days both ways... and yes, I'll let you know if I find a trick for the splash screen.

  8. Sun Dec 27 22:45:12 2020
    K Kathryn M posted in Maximum Image Size in Apple Books.

    I agree, iOS is still the best device for interactive eBooks. But from my website analytics, iOS users are a very small part (only about 10%) of my website visitors. Android devices account for over 35%. So...
    I've managed more testing this morning; the bug with Pubreader on my old Android tablet seems to have resolved itself (yay!) so I could test that. Everything works fine - you can't zoom, but I don't want people to zoom anyway, so...
    The Android app versions aren't working - the file sizes with the animations are huge, and the pages are loading really slowly, plus the narration isn't playing.
    So I have an android solution now to offer using Pubreader - good enough for a start. I'll keep working on the Android apps.
    I'm not sure about the rules on this discussion forum regarding self-promo, and don't want to contravene anything. But if you want to look at my website, google 'Reading's a Breeze! dot com' :-)
    Happy to have found a fellow Aussie trying to untangle all these threads of technology!

  9. Sun Dec 27 22:24:53 2020

    LOL no - not cheap. I'm originally from Melbourne, and my most ready-made accessible market for these books is Melbourne/Australian schools, for their language programs. I have been working in languages education for about 30 years, as a consultant for the last 10 years, so have good contacts. I finished my PhD (Applied Linguistics) in July this year, so these books are my post-PhD project. For the Australian market, I figured an American accent narration wouldn't sell well, so yes; I'm doing an Australian English version. But I know for some in the UK, they'll want that accent, and even here in NZ (where I now live), some would prefer NZ to Aus, I think. Plus I'd really like to offer them in te reo Māori.

    My consulting work has diminished this year, so I've had time over the last few months to work pretty hard on these books. I now need to go get a day job though, so it's going to mean late nights from here on. It's been a big investment - about $2.5K so far, in illustrations/animations, translations, narrations, and advertising, but as of December I'm starting to sell subscriptions and a smattering of individual books. Still a long way to go to get out of the red! I'm hoping to build in 2021 (the day job is not intended to be a permanent gig - just keep funds flowing while I build the eBook business), but that remains to be seen. Even though I love the writing and loathe the marketing, I've got a couple of people working on texts now so I can focus on business development (and the day job).

    I moved aboard a 40ft catamaran 4 years ago with my amazingly supportive, retired partner who keeps me plied with tea, coffee, wine and generally takes care of everything while I try and find ways to earn money from the back of the boat, so I can enjoy the lifestyle with him in the years while it's still possible. So I've had no commuting, even pre-COVID. It's amazing how much more productive working from home is (even/especially when home is a boat). The last 4 years have been great - circumstances are a changing a little now, but hopefully the eBooks will be a part of many more great years to come.

  10. Sun Dec 27 22:04:37 2020

    Hi @Phil, thx for the info. I got my son to test the xPub file using Pubreader on his Oppo A series smartphone, running Android 10, and he reported it worked well. I'm still trying to get him to test the Amazon app for me, but he's gone surfing... ;-P So I probably won't have any luck there for at least a week. I'll try to get son #2 to test, and report back. On a positive note, the app has finally become available for testing on Google Play (took days, not hours) and apart from opening to a tiny thumbnail of the app icon while it loads, then to the Pubreader page, it works perfectly, even on my old Galaxy A6 tablet. So progress!
    I just need to figure out how to make it open to a decent size thumbnail or other display while it loads.

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