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    Are there ANY ebook viewing 'counters'? (How many times an ebook has been opened)

    When people pass on your Viral Free ebooks, how can we tel how many times the pdf is being opened(viewed)? - not Downloaded from a site, but opened

    some sort of counter enbedded in the ebook?

    (I dont mean how can we count the amount of times a PDF is 'downloaded' from a server,- or how many times the pdf has been downloaded from a webpage,)

    but how many times a pdf has been 'opened' /viewed


    Some sort of image counter/when the image is loaded live from wherever it is hosted, it shows as a count ?

    ie- if the ebook is opened 8 times- in 8 separate IP addresses, the image will be shown 8 times, showing that the ebook has been viewed 8 times.

    (These are PDF ebooks)

    That sort of service/system. ?

    or any other system? /recommendations ?
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    If you create your own ebook software, a simple wrapper around an embedded web component for example, you can have it make a request to your server which can log those requests.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eyes2005 View Post
    Some sort of image counter/when the image is loaded live from wherever it is hosted, it shows as a count ?
    If you can achieve this (by remote linking to an image) it would indeed work. Each server requst for that image would be logged by your web host and from there you could determine how many genuine hits it recieved (which would indicate a file opening request for the image).

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexDawson View Post
    If you can achieve this (by remote linking to an image) it would indeed work. Each server requst for that image would be logged by your web host and from there you could determine how many genuine hits it recieved (which would indicate a file opening request for the image).
    Thanks. Can you give some more detail on this idea, or other ideas,

    in a bit more detail in a programming view, (if you know how, that is)

    or anybody else ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by eyes2005 View Post
    Thanks. Can you give some more detail on this idea, or other ideas,

    in a bit more detail in a programming view, (if you know how, that is)

    or anybody else ???
    It depends what kind of ebooks these are.

    Are they PDFs? Are they executables with embedded PDFs? Are they executables with embedded webpages?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Grossman View Post
    It depends what kind of ebooks these are.

    Are they PDFs? Are they executables with embedded PDFs? Are they executables with embedded webpages?
    yes, pdf ebooks-

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    I looked into this a few years ago. I would have to find my information on it, but from what I recall, I dropped it because I could not find a way for it to be done. I would like to know if you do find something.

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    I have seen many people tracking their ebooks but can't find out either how they did so.

    I basically think they may be tracking the ebooks downloads or may be watching out for some invisible image attached into ebook and see how many times the image have been accessed ?

    Ebooks get spread out really well on the internet.
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    There are commercial services that do this (search pdf tracking), but you could also do this via pdf javascripting. A possible approach would be to use the in built soap or Net.HTTP api's to attempt logging a view to an external web service. More info on the PDF Javascript api is available at http://www.adobe.com/devnet/acrobat/javascript.html

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    Is there anyway of using google analytics to do this ?- to track image impressions ?


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