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Old 11-19-2009, 07:31 PM   #1
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University of Chicago Announces free Monthly ebook

The first book in the program is below. epub format

Link http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ebooks/free_ebook.html

The Birthday Book
Edited and Translated by Holt N. Parker
120 pages, 9 line drawings 5 x 7 © 2007
E-book Free! See form below (about e-books)
ISBN: 9780226099774
Cloth $25.00
ISBN: 9780226099743 Published February 2007
“[Roman grammarian and writer] Censorinus distills the wisdom of several strains of philosophy, extracting whatever seems to have any bearing on births, days and birthdays: theories of the origin of the human species, the formation of the individual foetus, the principles of astrology, the ages of man, the nature of time, eons, centuries, years, months, days and hours.”—London Review of Books
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Old 11-19-2009, 08:36 PM   #2
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Old 11-19-2009, 09:25 PM   #3
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Great! I would expect such innovative thinking for uChicago.
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Old 11-19-2009, 11:47 PM   #4
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I poked around a bit and saw that they offer a variety of "ownership" options. For $5 you can "own" the book for 30 days along with some printing and copying rights. You also have a 180 day ownership option for a higher price. For the same price as the paperback (on the few I looked more closely at) you can buy the entire book outright.
I think I like this idea. To me $5 is a reasonable amount to "rent" the book for a month. I pay almost that much to rent a movie from Blockbuster for one week. Obviously I'd check the library first, but given the types of books provided by UCP, I think this could have value.
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Old 11-20-2009, 12:18 AM   #5
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This is certainly an interesting concept. Access to academic and general interest books for a nominal rental fee. It's certainly an intriguing idea.

I had a NYPL out-of-state library card which cost me $100. That same $100 would allow me access to 20 books through this program, and I'm sure I didn't check out 20 books over the past year through NYPL. I'll certainly add the UCP website to my list of favorites.

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Old 11-20-2009, 12:41 AM   #6
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Too bad they aren't innovative enough to leave it up to the book-buyers themselves to determine whether their computer systems are capable of downloading and opening the books. They won't give me an actual download link that I can drag and drop on ADE because I'm running linux. There's just a brown box telling me to install ADE. Typical corporate arrogance.

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Old 11-20-2009, 02:19 AM   #7
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Lovely little book, thanks for finding the free offer!
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Old 11-20-2009, 03:15 AM   #8
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Too bad they aren't innovative enough to leave it up to the book-buyers themselves to determine whether their computer systems are capable of downloading and opening the books. They won't give me an actual download link that I can drag and drop on ADE because I'm running linux. There's just a brown box telling me to install ADE. Typical corporate arrogance.
That's when you look at the source code
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Old 11-20-2009, 06:23 AM   #9
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Looks like the server fell over, probably couldn't cope with nasty Linux computers trying to access it.
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Old 11-20-2009, 07:15 AM   #10
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Looks like the server fell over, probably couldn't cope with nasty Linux computers trying to access it.
Lol, is linux a vector for computer diseases now?
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Old 11-20-2009, 11:49 AM   #11
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Hi--we're very sorry for the overnight outage. The free Birthday Books are back up--please enjoy.

Also, any links issued last night should work fine now. (The server issue wasn't about the free books, or linux..! We love linux.)
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Old 11-20-2009, 06:20 PM   #12
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More likely the cure
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Hi--we're very sorry for the overnight outage. The free Birthday Books are back up--please enjoy.

Also, any links issued last night should work fine now. (The server issue wasn't about the free books, or linux..! We love linux.)
Thanks for letting us know Good to know people at The University of Chicago Press appreciate a good operating system too
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