View Full Version : A Question About External Linking


MoonBuggy
12-18-2010, 04:46 PM
Hi, I've had a bit of a search but I couldn't find an answer to this particular question: is it possible to embed a link to another local file (but one which is external to the ePub), and will the B&N nook respect this?

Basically, I've been putting together simple ePub files listing the series order of some books in my collection - that way I can check on the nook to see which one comes next when I finish reading - but it seems like it'd be a much more elegant way to manage the library if these lists could link to their respective books. Is this going to be possible?

Adjust
12-18-2010, 06:37 PM
I guess if it's for you own personal use, then I don't see why not.
as for it knowing where the link goes, ie
<a href=".../moonbuggys harddrive/">nextbook</a>
then I'm guessing it would have to be pluged into your computer.

or if you have them stored on a web server type of thing.

MoonBuggy
12-18-2010, 07:10 PM
I was planning on using links within the nook's filesystem, not my computer's filesystem. The problem is, all the examples I've seen use relative paths within the ePub itself - I don't know how to force an absolute path outside the file.

theducks
12-18-2010, 11:36 PM
I was planning on using links within the nook's filesystem, not my computer's filesystem. The problem is, all the examples I've seen use relative paths within the ePub itself - I don't know how to force an absolute path outside the file.

I suggest you try just a bunch more ../ to back out of your EPUB into the file system.
(see if that works)

I use Sigil, so my path tends to be: bookname.epub/OBPS/Text/file.xhtml
dot dot slash would look for another part in Text

so you might try ../../../otherbookname.epub (assuming the books are in the same folder)
By NOT using an absolute path (starting with a slash,you don't need to know where in the file system your book folder is, only where it woud be relative to your book.

I am almost positive, this will cause issues with epub-check, even if it did work:rolleyes:

Jellby
12-19-2010, 04:48 AM
I wouldn't be surprised if it doesn't work at all. See this article (http://blog.threepress.org/2010/10/21/developing-an-epub-linking-spec/) for a future possibility.

theducks
12-19-2010, 10:40 AM
I wouldn't be surprised if it doesn't work at all. See this article (http://blog.threepress.org/2010/10/21/developing-an-epub-linking-spec/) for a future possibility.

:chinscratch: You obviously have your finger on the pulse of things.
I keep falling in the trap of: "epub is just a digital replacement for paper books" :smack:

If you add Video, links to (external)) cites, don't you have a Web browser instead?

MoonBuggy
12-19-2010, 01:08 PM
Thanks for the help guys; it doesn't seem to work, but it was worth a try! I didn't realise that there wasn't already a framework in place for external linking, but I guess with any luck the suggestions in that article will be implemented in some fashion.