More an more people are buying smartphones, and Facebook is the number one app. In Cambodia, the biggest mobile phone company gives “unlimited Facebook” for US$0.50/month. Anything hosted by Facebook is “unlimited”, but people will have to pay for data to follow links to external sites. We produce a radio broadcast in local languages and I host the recordings on a website but nobody was following links from Facebook because they’d have to pay extra (and my host’s content distribution network isn’t as fast as Facebook’s). I started converting the audio files to videos so that they could be hosted directly on Facebook, and our Facebook page went viral.
So, It’s pretty important that all of the content be hosted on Facebook servers. I think that means that we’re limited to either plain text, photos, or videos. For a book with audio, a video would be ideal. For a book without audio, a photo slideshow or a “Canvas” in Facebook terms could work.
Here’s the steps to publish:
- Sally finishes creating a book in Bloom. and clicks the “Publish to Facebook” button.
- Select between options such as “Publish as Video”, “Publish as Canvas”, or “Publish as Photo Album”
- Bloom does some conversions in the background
- Meanwhile, the user logs in to Facebook, types in metadata, etc.
- When the conversion is complete, the user clicks publish, and the “book” is published to either their personal newsfeed, or (better) to a “Books in Our Language” page on Facebook, with a link to their personal newsfeed.
Joel sees that Sally published a new book, or, because he’s following the “Books in Our Language” page, he sees an alert there. If it’s a video, then it will begin autoplaying as soon as he scrolls to it. If it’s a slideshow/album/canvas, I’m not sure exactly how it will work.
I see that it is possible to upload PDF files to a “Group” in Facebook, and doing so would create a post in the Group’s timeline, where a potential reader can either “Download” or “Preview” the PDF. If this post contained a picture of the book’s cover, it might attract a few clicks, though it doesn’t seem to be the most attractive option.