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Cover for Issue 03EXPERIMENTAL!

Click this Dropbox link to go to the Issue 3 folder and download your favourite format!

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* When you download the file, you will get something that looks like SciFiRomanceQuarterly-Issue-03.epub_1.zip or SciFiRomanceQuarterly-Issue-03.mobi_1.zip

These are NOT zip files. Just use your computer’s “Rename” option in File Manager to remove the “_1.zip” extension.

If you’re using Windows and can’t see any file extensions in whatever folder you’ve downloaded to^, follow these steps (Windows 7):

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Go to “My Computer” and navigate to the folder where the file is located.
  3. Choose Organize in the top-left then “Folder and search options”.
  4. Under the “View” tab, uncheck the box that says “Hide extensions for known file types”.
  5. Click “OK”.

If you’re using Windows 8/8.1:

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Go to “My Computer” and navigate to the folder where the file is located.
  3. Choose “View” along the top of the Explorer screen and check the box that says “File Name Extensions”.
  4. You should now be able to see the filename in all its glory. Rename, removing anything after “.epub”.

If you’re wondering why you can download a PDF easily but not do the same with EPUB or MOBI files, it’s because the EPUB and MOBI formats are considered to be possible virus files. (Ironic, when malware can be inserted into PDF but I digress.) The only way around the problem is to add a “.zip” extension to the files.

(^ As Ask About Tech points out, this is a flaw in the Windows operating system, as it allows for malicious files to be executed without giving you proper information. Please see the article for a pictorial tutorial and further thoughts on this.)

 


 

 

26 Comments

  1. Hi, I would like to receive your newsletter please.

    • Hi Carolyn. We’re working on a subscription service at the moment. For the time being, you can always download the issue or see it in full flip glory at Issuu! :)

  2. Was bemoaning the lack of short fiction romance zines in a comment at another site when Heather Massey responded by letting me know you were about to go live. OH HAPPY FRAKKING DAY!

    Just read cover to cover. Liked the reviews, loved the articles (read Johanna Lindsey way back in the day – who knew she had a sfr out there?Space barbarians? I’m in!), and loved loved loved Knox’s story. Never thought I’d find a zombie hot, but Zed’s definitely not your Romero zombie.

    This has been needed in this genre for so long. Kudos on a job well done. Now I’m going back to reread and wallow in the sfr goodness like catnip before zipping over to Amazon to spend next week’s grocery money on some of the titles mentioned. I might be eating ramen next week, but I’ll have plenty to read. ;)

    Looking forward to seeing the next issue in February.

  3. Thanks for your kind words, Jennifer! Our personal opinion is that, as our first issue, this one is a bit light (esp. on new releases), so look out for us to kick major bottom in future! Happy re-reading! :)

  4. Thanks! The cover looks awesome.

  5. I love that you have it in multiple formats instead of just PDF!!!

  6. Help! I’m on a Mac & have tried to download the epub several times but I can’t seem to remove the .zip to “turn it into” an epub. Instead of downloading “SciFiRomanceQuarterly-Issue-02.epub.zip” (from your instructions), what downloads is “SciFiRomanceQuarterly-Issue-02.zip” & simply removing the .zip doesn’t work. Neither does changing the .zip to .epub. I’m very good with computers but this issue has me stumped! I did download the PDF & that worked fine but I’d really like the epub to read in Bluefire on my phone. If you don’t have any bright ideas, I’ll upload the PDF to Bluefire but I’d really rather have the epub (she whined =D). Do you have any idea what I’m doing wrong – or what is going wrong?

    PS I love SFRQ – it’s great to have a spot to get SRF ideas – & thank you so much for all your hard work. It is much appreciated!

    • Hi Sarah. I have checked and the link definitely leads to “SciFiRomanceQuarterly-Issue-02.epub.zip”.I don’t know why you seem to only be getting a “.zip”. Is this an Apple thing, like Windows, where it tries to save a file without giving you the decision on how you’d like to save it? And it should work with just changing the extension, unless the file was corrupted on download. Would anyone who uses Apple like to weigh in? I use Linux, so I’m useless in this regard, tbh.

      We’ve had a lot of problems with the multi-formats other than PDF and flipbook. The team and I may have to rethink this…

      Kaz!

  7. Hi Kazi – Thanks! I don’t *think* it’s a Mac thing – I’ve never had it happen before (the computer trying to decide something like this for me – I hate that about Windows!!). If it’s any help (or, more likely, just adding to the confusion), the first edition downloaded as a “zipped” epub perfectly – but long enough ago that I have no clue why it worked but this didn’t. The only thing I can think of is that I might have downloaded it on my Mac Air laptop, which is running Mountain Lion (aka OS 10.8), whereas I tried downloading issue 2 on my Mac Mini desktop, which is running the newest (& quite buggy – grrrr; I really miss Steve Jobs – things *worked* when he was alive & the updates had purpose other than to look different or appeal to hipsters; really, I’m not bitter =D) OS, Mavericks (aka OS 10.9). I will try it later today & will report back. It might , or might not!, give you a clue as to what is going on; at least you’ll know it is or isn’t a specific type of Mac or a specific OS!

  8. Ok, let me try this again:

    I said “I will try it later today & will report back. It might , or might not!, give you a clue as to what is going on; at least you’ll know it is or isn’t a specific type of Mac or a specific OS!” – & meant:

    I will try downloading Issue 2 on my laptop to see if it works there & if it does, it might be that the new OS, Mavericks, is the issue. I’ll let you know what I find out!

  9. PS Sorry about spelling your name wrong! As a Sarah “with an h”, I’m sensitive to misspellings so I apologize for the typo!

    PPS And I’m apparently quite long-winded, too!

  10. UPDATE – it is indeed an issue with the most recent Mac OS – 10.9, aka Mavericks. I downloaded the issue on my laptop (Mac Air) running Mountain Lion (aka 10.8) & it downloaded as “SciFiRomanceQuarterly-Issue-02.epub.zip” & I was able to remove the .zip & voila, I have an epub. There’s something about Mavericks that isn’t playing well with the “.epub.zip” formatting — but I have no clue what it might be. Now I just need to remember a) to download issues on my laptop & b) not to update the OS on my laptop (at least until I absolutely have to).

    • Good lord, this is beyond ridiculous, Sarah! What IS the problem with all these operating systems??!! It blows my mind that my FREE operating system can perform so much better and more predictably than operating systems people pay for. Grrrr.

      Thanks for taking the time to troubleshoot the problem like this. I’m leaving this comment thread so that other Apple users can see what happened and also, hopefully, find a solution to this problem. But it looks as if you’re up s*%t creek without a paddle if you have only one Apple machine loaded with Mavericks.

      Take care and no probs on the name! :)

  11. To be fair, Mavericks (10.9) was a free download – & I think now we see why!! I was reading a Mac forum the other day trying to figure out Mac Mail issue (mostly Verizon’s fault) & someone commented “No wonder this was free. If we’d paid for something this buggy, imagine the screaming!”. =D

    And also to be fair, I have never, ever had any issues with Mac OS’s before (& I’ve been using nothing but since the early 90s) . The latest OS & iOS, though…

    • Sorry, that argument doesn’t wash with me. Linux is a free download as well and we still scream (and rightly so) when something breaks from one version to the next. Especially when it comes to equipment you depend on, “Free” doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to complain.

  12. Hi Sarah,

    I’m having the same problem with my Mac. Thanks for posting, I now know enough to give up. I’ll DL it at work on my PC.

    Chloe

  13. I’ve spent 15 minutes trying to download the epub version, and it tells me there’s no file to save. I even did the file explorer thing for the folder I was trying to save it to, but it still won’t work.

    I don’t want the PDF version, either. I’m not sitting at my computer to read it, I want it on my Nook Simple Touch.

      • Rachel, don’t click the link directly or it will give you a “File Not Found” message. I tested the following on my son’s laptop. He’s running Windows 8.1 Here’s what you do:

        1) Right-click the EPUB link and choose “Save Link As…”. Let the file save.
        2) Using Windows Explorer, go to the folder where you downloaded the file.
        3) Choose “View” along the top of the pane, and check the “File Name Extensions” box.
        3) Rename the file, getting rid of any text after “.epub”. (It should look like “_1.zip”)
        4) Sideload to your Nook.

  14. Alrighty. Chrome doesn’t know what to do with the zip extension. So I switched to Firefox.

    I can download the file, and I’ve renamed it. But when I try to open it I get nothing. System still thinks it’s a zip file, despite having the zip extension removed. I even tried renaming it as it saved the file, and it still doesn’t work. I run my library via Calibre, and all attempts to open the file in Calibre don’t work. There’s nothing there, and it’s not loading the cover art.

    I had no problems getting the first issue when it came out.

  15. Love the option of downloading from Dropbox – thank you!

    • Glad it worked, Sarah. From Issue 4, I’ll use the Dropbox-only option and leave the o/s-specific issues to you users. ;)

  16. PS Chloe – glad I could help. Maddening, isn’t it!

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