7 Replies Latest reply on Apr 13, 2012 12:33 PM by keriflur

    2.99 ebook has only ONE page?

    compulsivereaderTX

      The Dress of the Season  

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      This ebook has no description and is listed as having only ONE page for 2.99. I'm sure this is a misprint and hope for the authors sake that B&N fixes it.

        • Re: 2.99 ebook has only ONE page?
          javabird

          You could always download a sample and see how many pages the table of contents has :smileyhappy:

          • Re: 2.99 ebook has only ONE page?
            Ya_Ya

            compulsivereaderTX wrote:

             

             

            This ebook has no description and is listed as having only ONE page for 2.99. I'm sure this is a misprint and hope for the authors sake that B&N fixes it.


            The way "page numbers" are determined when an epub is created means that thiscould be entirely possible, IIRC.  If there were no chapter breaks et al... then the book will think it only has one page, even if it has the contents of a 100+ page printed book.

            Doug can explain better and I could be mistaken - but I remember him pointing out that page numbers mean little more than nothing in an epub as they are currently determined...

              • Re: 2.99 ebook has only ONE page?
                MacMcK1957
                Maybe it's a really, really good page.
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                  Tim40744

                  Ya_Ya wrote:

                  compulsivereaderTX wrote:

                   

                   

                  This ebook has no description and is listed as having only ONE page for 2.99. I'm sure this is a misprint and hope for the authors sake that B&N fixes it.


                  The way "page numbers" are determined when an epub is created means that thiscould be entirely possible, IIRC.  If there were no chapter breaks et al... then the book will think it only has one page, even if it has the contents of a 100+ page printed book.

                  Doug can explain better and I could be mistaken - but I remember him pointing out that page numbers mean little more than nothing in an epub as they are currently determined...


                  I think you're pretty close. Part of the Amazon description: "This is a work of 31,000 words (approx. 100 pages)." Add a couple zeros to the one... :smileytongue:

                • Re: 2.99 ebook has only ONE page?

                  compulsivereaderTX wrote:

                  The Dress of the Season  

                   

                   

                   

                   

                   

                   

                   

                   

                   

                   

                   

                  This ebook has no description and is listed as having only ONE page for 2.99. I'm sure this is a misprint and hope for the authors sake that B&N fixes it.


                  Does it have any pictures? :smileyhappy:

                  • Re: 2.99 ebook has only ONE page?
                    patgolfneb
                    It seems to me that a one page book is if not a download issue, is a possibility an intentional intent to deceive. After all any reasonable definition of a book starts with it being a lengthy piece. Descriptions like short story, novella or even short fiction capture writing not long enough for a book. I think it is reasonable to expect the seller to make you whole, and they can deal with the publisher. I would definitely contact my local consumer protection agency if they don't. Any boilerplate agreement is unenforceable if there is intent to deceive.
                      • Re: 2.99 ebook has only ONE page?
                        keriflur

                        patgolfneb wrote:
                        It seems to me that a one page book is if not a download issue, is a possibility an intentional intent to deceive. After all any reasonable definition of a book starts with it being a lengthy piece. Descriptions like short story, novella or even short fiction capture writing not long enough for a book. I think it is reasonable to expect the seller to make you whole, and they can deal with the publisher. I would definitely contact my local consumer protection agency if they don't. Any boilerplate agreement is unenforceable if there is intent to deceive.

                        I think in this case it was more of a tech issue - the pub obviously knew there was an issue, which is why the description states that the book is 31,000 words and that it equals out to approximately 100 pages.

                         

                        I've seen enough published novellas and short stories to know that a lot of those are sold as "books", and this "book" was $2.99, so I don't think there's an intent to deceive here.

                         

                        If this was referred to as a novel, or if the "pages" were really short so that they could report that there were 300 of them, then I would agree the pub was being deceitful.