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Old 10-11-2010, 07:00 AM   #1
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Problem with sample size

I am at my wits end with this problem; can't get a reply from the Apple forums or Lulu (the publisher).
Basically, I have illustrated books on ibook and they are selling pretty well despite the fact that the sample you can download is just the cover. I seem to have no control over the sample size and I can only imagine how many sales I am losing as no-one can see the interior pages of the book.
Lulu have a preview option in the project section of the website but this seems to be for web viewing only on their site; it has no effect on the sample a potential customer downloads from ibooks.

My books are currently in the children/teen chart and figure prominently in the 'new and notable' list of the kids category. I would like to maximise this exposure but no-one seems to know how to fix this.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. If you want to see the problem I have, search for Paul Woodward and download a sample of any of the 17 books there.
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Old 10-13-2010, 06:47 PM   #2
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Apple have now contacted me and are looking into this as it is a problem at their end...nothing to do with Lulu.com
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Old 11-04-2010, 09:39 AM   #3
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Splinters, did you ever get your issue resolved? I'm in the same boat, and very interested in what you found out. Thanks!
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Old 11-04-2010, 07:17 PM   #4
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Nope, still no resolve to this. I am wondering now if there is something in the epub file; contents, metadata.plist etc. that has to be edited to affect the sample.
Anyone got experience of this?
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Old 11-05-2010, 04:07 PM   #5
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Finally a result from Apple. It would seem Lulu are supposed to link their preview with the bookstore but don't seem to be doing so. Waiting on a response from Lulu now.
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