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Pathfinder Tales


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber

Does Paizo already have a plan to publish more of the web fiction in epub format? Since the last batch in August I think, there have been quite a lot of new stories finished, as well as "Guilty Blood" from the Carrion Crown Adventure Path:
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  • Blood and Money
  • The Box
  • Faithful Servants
  • The Ironroot Deception
  • A Passage to Absalom
  • Plow and Sword
  • The Secret of the Rose and Glove
  • The Seventh Execution

Any chance to get them as epubs soon?

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

They usually do a bunch at once, so I wouldn't be surprised to see more fairly soon.

Paizo Employee Developer

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Secret of the Rose and Glove is already out, here


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber
Mark Moreland wrote:
Secret of the Rose and Glove is already out, here

Oh, that must have slipped through when I was making the list then.

Contributor

I just looked and it appears the rest of the list just went live.

Paizo Employee Paizo Glitterati Robot

Indeed! You can find 7 new fiction ePubs here.


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber

Cool!


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber

The new ePubs don't seem to have covers the way the previous ones did. Is that intentional?

Paizo Employee Paizo Glitterati Robot

Zaister wrote:
The new ePubs don't seem to have covers the way the previous ones did. Is that intentional?

No... it isn't. How do you mean, exactly?


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber
Chris Lambertz wrote:
Zaister wrote:
The new ePubs don't seem to have covers the way the previous ones did. Is that intentional?
No... it isn't. How do you mean, exactly?

I've uploaded the new epubs to iBooks on my iPad. The older epubs show an illustrated cover, while the new ones just have the default cover that iBooks generates. They also show no cover in iTunes.

Here's a link to a screenshot from my iPad showing the effect.


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber

Any news on this front?

Paizo Employee Paizo Glitterati Robot

I haven't had a chance to check into it thoroughly, but I can't seem to find anything that would cause this at a first glance at the setup of the ePub. I'll have a more definitive answer (and a fix!) early next week when we're back in the office.


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber

Thank you!

Qadira

Paizo Superscriber

Hey - Just wanted to throw in my 2 cents that this is not an isolated issue. I am also getting only the "generic" covers for the seven new epubs. ePubs of the oldert titles are showing up fine even after deleting and re-impoting. Thanks!

Paizo Employee Managing Editor

Sorry it's taking so long to figure this out, folks--Paizo's been knocked down by snow, so most folks are working from home, but the issue hasn't been forgotten!

Lantern Lodge

Take your time to fix it thoroughly as it doesn't hinder actually reading them. It is just an aesthetic thing for me, I am very OCD when it comes to organization and appearance. I have my bookshelf on my iPad alphabetical and organized by type of book (Journal, Book, Web Fiction, Community Fiction).

But yeah, I am getting the same problem.

Qadira

Paizo Superscriber

Yes no rush. Looks like you guys are getting all ofour snow. We haven't seen any out here in Boston...

Paizo Employee Paizo Glitterati Robot

I looked into the file structure comparing the older ePubs and the new releases and couldn't find anything preventing the cover from showing up. They all display properly in Calibre. However, a bit of searching resulted in this. It looks like there might be something in iOS causing it with the most recent update. I'd take a look at that thread and see if that fixes the problem.


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber

I'm not sure it is the same issue. These new ePubs don't display with a cover in my iTunes (Mac OS X 10.6) either.

Qadira

Paizo Superscriber
Zaister wrote:
I'm not sure it is the same issue. These new ePubs don't display with a cover in my iTunes (Mac OS X 10.6) either.

Confirmed! Same here. Windows 7 latest iTunes.


This isn't an answer to why the covers aren't showing up. But this isn't a problem isolated to Paizo's epubs. I encountered the same problem when I put Valdia's Tale from Jon Brazer Enterprises into iTunes. I think it's an iTunes problem, not a Paizo problem. Anyway...

Here's a fix (that's more work for you the user).
-In iTunes get to where you can edit information about the ePub (I use the funny command key + "I" on my macbook).

-The tab on the far right should say "artwork" or "cover" or "image," something like that. Click on that one.

-Now find the appropriate ePub here on Paizo's website and click on the cover image so that it pulls up just the cover art in it's own window or tab.

-Copy the artwork and paste it into the appropriate place for the cover in iTunes.

-Repeat for each ePub that doesn't have cover art showing.

-Resync your device and BEHOLD THE AWESOME COVER ART FOR YOUR EPUB!!!

Sorry that I didn't have all the correct names for tabs and such. It's been a while since I did this. I still need to take advantage of the Three for all to pick up some more ePubs.

Paizo Employee Paizo Glitterati Robot

Aaron aka Itchy wrote:

This isn't an answer to why the covers aren't showing up. But this isn't a problem isolated to Paizo's epubs. I encountered the same problem when I put Valdia's Tale from Jon Brazer Enterprises into iTunes. I think it's an iTunes problem, not a Paizo problem. Anyway...

Here's a fix (that's more work for you the user).
-In iTunes get to where you can edit information about the ePub (I use the funny command key + "I" on my macbook).

-The tab on the far right should say "artwork" or "cover" or "image," something like that. Click on that one.

-Now find the appropriate ePub here on Paizo's website and click on the cover image so that it pulls up just the cover art in it's own window or tab.

-Copy the artwork and paste it into the appropriate place for the cover in iTunes.

-Repeat for each ePub that doesn't have cover art showing.

-Resync your device and BEHOLD THE AWESOME COVER ART FOR YOUR EPUB!!!

Sorry that I didn't have all the correct names for tabs and such. It's been a while since I did this. I still need to take advantage of the Three for all to pick up some more ePubs.

Thank you for detailing this. I found something similar after I posted the iOS link last night. I'm hoping there's a fix in the next update.

Qadira

Paizo Superscriber
Chris Lambertz wrote:
Thank you for detailing this. I found something similar after I posted the iOS link last night. I'm hoping there's a fix in the next update.

Funny you should say that...

iBooks was updated to 2.0 today. Same problem though on iPad. I also checked on the iPhone - Same issue there too, as well as in iTunes for Windows. Looks fine in Calibre. How do you like them Apples! -Pun absolutely intended.

Paizo Employee Paizo Glitterati Robot

D'oh! Ross was back in office and helped me with taking another look at the file structure for the ePubs. We made a minor change to the content.opf template that seems to have interfered with the cover image. I'm going to try to have the fixed versions up within the next few hours.


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber

Cool! You guys are the best!

Paizo Employee Paizo Glitterati Robot

Looks like this will happen on monday. An e-mail will go out notifying people who purchased the ePubs that they've been updated.


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber

Thanks again!

Qadira

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Paizo Superscriber
Chris Lambertz wrote:
Looks like this will happen on monday. An e-mail will go out notifying people who purchased the ePubs that they've been updated.

You guys at Paizo are awesome. Can you imagine having a minor display issue with an ebook from say Apple or Amazon and having it personally addressed by an employee browsing the forums? During a snowstorm that nearly shut down the company? This is why fans are so dedicated to Pathfinder. Keep up the good work. You guys prove that good customer service with a personal touch really is possible in the internet age.

Paizo Employee Paizo Glitterati Robot

And I've just pushed through the fixed versions of the ePubs. You should be receiving an email telling you the files have been updated shortly. :)


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber

Very cool, thanks! There's a slight problem with downloading one of the updates, but I thought it better to send an email to Customer Service with an exact description.

Paizo Employee Paizo Glitterati Robot

Zaister wrote:
Very cool, thanks! There's a slight problem with downloading one of the updates, but I thought it better to send an email to Customer Service with an exact description.

I just sent over a response. Thanks for bringing that to our attention!

Qadira

Paizo Superscriber
Chris Lambertz wrote:
And I've just pushed through the fixed versions of the ePubs. You should be receiving an email telling you the files have been updated shortly. :)

Thanks! Looks great!

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