Browsing excerpts on-line… without Flash!
Our platform gives you more than just a set of excellent tools for ebook distribution: It also makes book marketing easier—for both electronic and print titles! One way of achieving this is by letting consumers leaf through publications so they can view excerpts of a book directly in the Web browser. The flipbook can be integrated into any website—a bookseller’s or that of a publisher, an author, a blogger, a library, etc.—easily (and at no cost).
We take great pride in launching a new version of this flipbook today.
The main objective of this update was to have a modern tool, capable of evolving and keeping up with Web-based practices, including mobile platforms and tablets. We were looking to set up a flipbook that works on all sorts of devices—both traditional (computers) and mobile ones (tablets). In practical terms, this meant abandoning the Flash platform to focus on a fully HTML-based solution.
The primary challenge was twofold: to ensure the most seamless transition possible for all flipbook users (close to 50,000 titles from almost 400 publishers), whatever the type of integration used, and to acquire a tool capable of evolving, to which innovative new features can be added easily over the next few months. The technical issues we encountered along the way were significant.
The process was quite a lengthy one, and I commend the excellent work done by our entire development team, with special thanks to Josyan Pierson and Nicolas St-Laurent, who put a lot of effort into this undertaking.
We are satisfied with the result and hope you like it. Obviously, a roll-out of this scope (which changes the browsing process today for tens of thousands of books!) entails a certain level of risk despite all the attention we have devoted to the execution of this project. If you observe any unusual behaviour in this flipbook, feel free to tell us about it.