e-Book Design Tips
track e-book circulation

 

 
Note: Ideas in this article describe a method of embedding obtaining limited tracking information from E-Books that you create. This potentially allows you to collect some information (example: IP address) about your users. It is generally considered good practice to disclose your privacy and data-collection policies.

In some countries, this type of disclosure may be required by law.

We are not attorneys or lawyers, so can not offer you legal advice (and nothing in this article is, nor should be construed as, legal advice). If you need legal advice, please consult with a lawyer.
 

Track E-Book Circulation
First published in E-Book Compiler Newsletter

If you release a free e-book which you allow others to distribute and pass on ("viral marketing"), is there a way to tell how many people are opening your e-book?

Yes! Although it is going to be an approximate number rather than totally accurate...

Here's how:

Make a small 1 pixel X 1 pixel image on your web site. A transparent GIF image would be ideal.

In the main page of your e-book, put in HTML code something like this in an inconspicuous location:

<IMG SRC="http://www.yoursite.com/smallimage.gif" WIDTH="1" HEIGHT="1">
What will now happen, is that every time somebody opens the e-book, the image will be loaded from your web site. Provided your web host provides logging facilities, this will appear in your web site logs...

Some important points:
  1. If you have more than one e-book, make sure that you use a different image in each of your e-books.

  2. It's not 100% accurate because it won't count if the user is not connected to the Internet when they open the page.

  3. If you want, you could even add different images to each page, and you could track which pages of your e-book are most popular. This could be very helpful information if you want to know which parts of your e-book are most popular, for example, because your e-book includes advertising links or banners.
 
Follow up Article:

Lane Williams kindly contributed 2 follow-up articles which expand on the techniques described above. See "Track E-Book Circulation Using ASP" and "Track E-Book Circulation Using ASP + Access Database".
 






 

Home: eBook Code
Design Tips
Scripts
Templates/Translations



Other Sites about eBooks

EBookApprentice.com
Learn about eBook publishing

EBookCompiler.com
Software to create your own eBooks

CoverFactory.com
Create eBook Covers with ease

EBookPower.com
Add multimedia to your eBooks

EBookFriends.com
Discuss eBooks

EBookInterviews.com
Read about other eBook authors' experiences

EBookSubmit.com
Learn about eBook marketing

EBookJungle.com
Searchable directory of eBooks



Related Links

Affiliate Programs
Affiliate Marketing Downloads
Affiliate Marketing eBooks
Affiliate Program Reviews

eBook Authoring
eBook Authoring Downloads
eBooks for eBook Authors
eBook Compiler Software
eBook Cover Creation
eBook Cover Software

Marketing
Ezine Guide
Increase Website Traffic
Internet Marketing Guide
Internet Marketing Help
Press Release Guide

Search Engines
SEO Guide
SEO Tools

Your Site
Adobe Dreamweaver
Adobe Dreamweaver Tutorials
Accept Credit Cards
Domain Names
Web Design eBooks
Web Design Tools
Web Hosting
Web Hosting Directory
Webmaster Tools Directory

 

   
Disclosure: Advertising Link(s): Our company may receive a payment if you purchase a product/service after following this link.

Disclosure: Our company's websites' content (including this website's content) includes advertisements for our own company's websites, products, and services, and for other organization's websites, products, and services. In the case of links to other organization's websites, our company may receive a payment, (1) if you purchase products or services, or (2) if you sign-up for third party offers, after following links from this website. Unless specifically otherwise stated, information about other organization's products and services, is based on information provided by that organization, the product/service vendor, and/or publicly available information - and should not be taken to mean that we have used the product/service in question. Additionally, our company's websites contain some adverts which we are paid to display, but whose content is not selected by us, such as Google AdSense ads. For more detailed information, please see Advertising/Endorsements Disclosures

Our sites use cookies, some of which may already be set on your computer. Use of our site constitutes consent for this. For details, please see Privacy.

In Association With Amazon.com
Answers 2000 Limited is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.
In Association With Amazon.co.uk
Answers 2000 Limited is a participant in the Amazon EU Associates Programme, an affiliate advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.co.uk.

Contact Us     About/Terms Of Use     Privacy     Site Map     Advertising/Endorsements Disclosures

Copyright © 2002-2015, Answers 2000 Limited