I'm thinking of switching to eABN, but have a few questions.
How transportable are the magazines?
I would plan to subscribe to PocketMags via my Windows 10 desktop PC and download each issue to my desktop PC. Is it then possible for me to put the file on my Onedrive so that I can access the magazine from my ipad as well?
I assume that PocketMags use a proprietary reader for the magazines and that I would need this on my desktop and my iPad.
Any help/advice from a current eABN user would be most welcome.
A response from Sean Meagher, who is part of the team behind eABN
Once you have 'purchased' a magazine, you can download it onto more than one device as long as they are all connected to the internet. You cannot transfer it directly between devices but a customer can download it separately onto their iPad using the Pocketmags APP at no additional cost.
Once you have 'purchased' an edition, you can always delete it and then re-download it again if you want.
Post by supermanc2008 on Oct 10, 2020 10:30:11 GMT
I purchased a couple of magazines to try and see what they looked like, and was very disappointed. They are not PDF, you have to turn the pages, and to get to a reasonable size to read them, the pages are to big for the screen. Also when you turn the pages the magnification decreases. I think you can only search each magazine individually. I find the system very user unfriendly.
When you have downloaded them, they stay in the Pocketmags site, or at least I cannot get them out of there. Like you say if Pocketmags goes down the pan, most probably your magazines will as well.
At least with a magazine you don't need a PC etc. and you can take it away with you.
If I am doing something wrong, could somebody tell me what I should be doing. This is why I was very disappointed when A-B stopped the magazine and books CDs.
While I havent tried eABN via Pocket Mags, my experience with other magazines they sell has been very poor so much so that I no longer use Pocket mags. Issues including all the others mentioned above plus having to re download magazines after issues 'got lost'. If you do go down this route watch out for recurring subscriptions which seem to be the default when you subscribe - very difficult to stop or get money back. Chris
A response from Sue Bushell - the ABN and eABN editor
Some things seem to be searchable in Pocketmags, but others aren’t!
For instance, it doesn’t like registrations. But it will search for ‘proper’ words, such as Boeing - see attached screen dumps. It found all the Boeings in the whole magazine (my other half’s searchable Grand Designs magazine will only search on the spread he is looking at) but would not find TC-JYB (right-hand column, third line) with or without the hyphen.
We seem to have no control over what is and is not searchable at present. I am still searching around for solutions.