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Old 09-01-2010, 08:08 PM   #1
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Question Question about downloading epub files

At my websites I offer free epub ebooks for download. I have noticed however that when I test my sites the file wants to download as a .zip file.

This is the scenario:

1. right click on link to epub ebook.
2. choose save target as.
3. dialogue box to save to my computer appears with the file labeled as .zip.

Now, if I manually change the file extension to .epub it saves just fine as an epub file.

See what I mean at this page: http://www.falbepublishing.com/brave...nloadpage.html

However, I am worried that my visitors may not know to do this and they are getting a confusing mess with a .zip folder download.

Should I be worried?
Why does the epub file do this but not other formats?
I have a download service that delivers my paid ebooks to customers and its links to not do this .zip thing.

Any insights people can offer would be appreciated.
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Old 09-01-2010, 08:17 PM   #2
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You need to tell your webserver what an epub is. See this post.

Having said that, I can't see any problem with your site.
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But it does work perfectly well with Firefox. It's that POS MSIE that doesn't work.
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Old 09-01-2010, 08:24 PM   #4
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I have heard of this happening on Macs, but it might also be an issue with other browsers. An ePub actually is a zip file, and its mimetype is application/epub+zip. Some browsers seem to associate .epub with ZIP. This isn't a huge issue if the file is just downloaded (as you say, just rename from .zip to .epub), but some browsers try to "help" by invoking an unzip step.
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Thanks for the advice. I suspected it was the web browser. It's nice to know Firefox isn't doing this. I'll try and figure out how to tell my server what an epub is.

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