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Instructions are included with every map, but here are some answers to frequently asked questions about maps on CD, eBooks, prints and general.

There are also pages of specific help

How to open zip files
How to choose an eReader
How to load books onto your eReader
How to read eBooks on your computer or tablet

Maps on CD

Q. Can I pay for CD's and printed books by Cheque?

A. Yes you can, from a UK Bank in £ Sterling. Please make payable to Bruce Hunt and include your email address in the covering letter so that I can tell you I have received your order. My address is on the contact page.

Q. Will the CD work on my computer?

A. Yes. The example pages show you exactly what you will see.

Q. Where can I get help with printing from the CD?

A. Help is on the disc or click here.

Q. Where can I get help with copying the disc onto my computer?

A. Help is on the disc or click here.

Q. I have a touchscreen monitor, can I use it to navigate the maps?

A. Yes. Links, scrolling and zooming all work with touchscreens.

Q. Can I load the maps onto my eBook reader/PDA/Netbook/iPad?

A. Perhaps. In theory, if they have a browser installed, it should work. Try as I might, I cannot get them onto my iPad. I can get them on my phone, but small or black and white screens do not display the CD at its best.
If you can plug your computer into a TV or projector they look spectacular.

Q. How can I see a whole map without scrolling?

A. Change the zoom level. 75% will show the whole width for most screens.

Q. Internet Explorer says there is active content on the CD. Is this dangerous?

A. No. There is no active content, IE confuses some links with scripts (no other browser does this). You can disable the message by going to Tools, Internet Options, Advanced, Security, and then ticking the radio button that says "Allow active content from CDs to run on My Computer".

Q. Why are the text and map pages different widths?

A. 33% of the visitors to this site have a monitor 1024 pixels wide, 33% are 1280 pixels wide. The rest are bigger, except for 3% which are only 800. All the text and scanned text pages are a maximum of 800 pixels wide and the maps are a maximum of 1600, almost exactly in proportion to each other as they appear in the original. To preserve the detail I have made the maps as big as possible without making them unwieldy for the average user.

Q. Why don't you use accessibility keys?

A. By defining accessibility keys I could accidentally interfere with your settings.

Q. Why is the disc written, not pressed?

A. The small quantities involved make it too expensive to produce a master for pressing. It also means that any improvements can easily be added.

Q. Will there be any more maps?

A. Yes there will. They take a long time to make and even longer to test. If you would like to hear about new releases contact me.

Q. Can I use the maps in a project or commercial product?

A. Not without my permission. The copyright belongs to me. Please see the Licence Agreement, which expressly grants permission for your own personal use, and expressly denies commercial reproduction etc., of these images and information.
However, I may look favourably on requests for educational or charitable projects, and am very happy to discuss a separate licence for commercial re-use, just contact me.

eBooks

Q. Can I pay for eBooks by Cheque?

A. No. To keep the costs down and the prices low, the payment and delivery systems are completely automated.

Q. Why are there two files?

A. In case you buy a different eReader or computer in the future, or one of the formats becomes obsolete (unlikely, but you never know).

Q. I bought a copy of the epub version and now have a Kindle, will I have to pay for another copy?

A. Not if you bought it before 1st October 2016. Contact me and I will send you the other version. Also applies the other way round.

Q. Are they the same book?

A. Yes. The content of the two types of file is identical.

Q. Will the eBooks work on my reader?

A. Yes. I cannot find any that do not use either .mobi or .epub files.

Q. How do I put books on my reader or iPad?

A. Follow the instructions on this page.
For the iPad you must use Safari. Apple do not allow other browsers to download files.

Q. I have a Kindle Fire and cannot see the book in my library?

A. Follow the instructions on this page.

Q. Can I read eBooks on my Android tablet?

A. Yes, but some tablets are better than others and some Android eReader apps lack functionality. There is some help here

Q. Are there printed versions of the eBooks?

A. Yes, most of them, but not for sale here - try eBay or Abe Books. My own eBooks are too big to print and the major advantage of the search facility would be lost.

Q. Why have you discontinued the Gift Shop?

A. It was not as popular as I expected and the gift form was subject to relentless abuse by spammers.

Q. Why are there some blank pages in an eBook?

A. There are no blank pages in any of my books but some readers automatically insert one at the end of a chapter. If you don't like this, or are unhappy with your machine's formatting options, experiment with different reader software.

Q. I use Firefox and cannot save the .epub file.

A. If you you have the EPUBReader add-on installed you must disable it before you can save .epub files. Simply re-enable it afterwards.

Q. I use Internet Explorer and eBooks from other sites arrive as a .zip file, why?

A. This will not happen here because I have a fix in place. Install any other browser and try again.

Q. Will there be any more eBooks?

A. Yes there will, as quickly as I can make them. I have an inexhaustible collection of suitable, interesting, relevant or peculiar books and will spend the rest of my life producing them.

Q. A few of these books contain 'casual racism'. Why don't you remove it?

A. I know, and some have anti-Semitic or derogatory remarks about Johnny foreigner in general. Thankfully, we live in more enlightened times. What you see is exactly what was written at the time. Editing history leads to tyranny.

Q. Why are epub books slower than mobi books?

A. When a mobi file is created, the software inserts 'location markers' into the code that makes up the file. This makes it a much larger file than the same book in epub format; in some cases 10 times as big. The markers are used by .mobi readers to navigate around the book. There are no such markers in an epub so before you begin to read one the device loads the whole file into its memory and allocates pretend page numbers to navigate with. This is why epubs take much longer to open. It also means that some memory is already being used; the larger the book, the more is used. Long books are sometimes painfully slow to search. This is not a problem for Computers and iPads which have plenty of memory and processing power to cope with large epub files.

Prints

Q. I can't open the .zip file

A. Visit the how to open zip files page.

Q. The copyright of these files belongs to you, can I print them?

A. Yes, but only for your own personal use. See the Licence page for exact details.
If you require a commercial licence, please contact me.

Q. Can I share these files or put them on my website?

A. No. See the Licence page for exact details.

Q. Can I pay for prints by Cheque?

A. No. To keep the cost, and therefore the price so low, the payment and delivery systems are completely automated.

General

Q. What about my privacy?

A. I take your privacy very seriously and so do PayPal. They do not give me your Bank or Credit card details and I will not keep records of cheques once the transaction is complete. I will not contact you again unless you have explicitly requested updates nor will I pass your details to any third party. See the Terms & Conditions for the only circumstance under which I might contact you.

Q. Does this site use cookies?

A. Yes, please read the Cookie policy

Q. Is maps.thehunthouse.com the same as maps.thehunthouse.net?

A. Yes, maps.thehunthouse.com is the new name. oldlondonbooks.co.uk and .com are also part of maps.thehunthouse and exist for technical reasons.

Q. How do I stop you telling me about new releases?

A. Reply to any email on the subject or contact me.

If your question has not been answered above, please contact me



Printing

Under the terms of the licence you may print any of the maps or other pages for personal research. Please do not try to print the page you want from your browser whilst viewing it. This works for the text pages, but not the maps or other scanned images.

All of the maps and other page scans are jpeg (.jpg) files, because this is the most common picture format and can be viewed with, and printed from, almost every graphics program.

All the files are named exactly what you would expect them to be called. The files are stored in appropriately named folders (directories).

Find the file you want to print and then open it with your favourite graphics program.

"Windows Picture and Fax Viewer" (Photo Viewer) has a very good wizard that will re-size a map and print it close to life-size on A4 paper.

Copying from a CD

Under the terms of the licence you may copy the software once on to your own computer to make a back up.

Create a new folder (directory) somewhere on your hard disc you can find it, give it a sensible name, and copy the entire contents of the CD into this new folder. You can then create and store a shortcut to wherever you prefer to start from.

These instructions apply to Windows XP/Vista/7/8 but the principles are the same for every operating system.

Right click somewhere in your "(My) Documents" folder, hover over "New" and click "Folder" in the menu that appears. Rename this folder.

When the disc is in the CD drive, use "(My) Computer" to find it. Right click on it and select "Open", or "Explore". In the top menu click "Edit" click "Select All". All the files and folders on the disc will become highlighted. You can now right click and select "Copy", then "Paste" them into your new folder or drag and drop them into it.

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