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Old 10-17-2012, 09:42 PM   #1
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Books not yet digital.

As a newbie here, who is it that actually does the conversion of books to e-books? Bought a book by Gavin Lyall on Amazon, but the next one I want is not available, only as hard/soft cover. The NEW soft cover is selling for $200-00 plus.????

http://www.amazon.com/Wrong-Side-Sky...ds=gavin+lyall

How long before older books appear as digital versions? Is there a site where you can request a conversion?

Forgive my ignorance.
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Old 10-17-2012, 09:52 PM   #2
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The Wrong Side of the Sky was his first book, published in 1961. The rights most likely reside with his estate (or whoever inherited) unless the book is highly popular and has been kept in print all these years (looking at Amazon this doesn't appear to be the case). Either a publisher would have to pay the estate for the rights or his estate would have to self publish the book to get it out there as an ebook.

The $200 'new' copy is just a couple of third party sellers hoping someone might bite at that price.

You could always buy one of the cheap used copies and scan/ocr it if you want an ebook copy.


More on the authors works...
http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/l/gavin-lyall/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gavin_Lyall
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Old 10-18-2012, 04:56 AM   #3
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There are services like 1dollarscan.com, but the problem is most of those are destructive (meaning, the book will not remain in one piece). If you're going to spend $200 on a book, you probably don't want it to be cut up.
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I see a used hardcover for a little more than 5$. I suppose that one is worth ripping and scanning, even destructively...

Obviously, once you have bought and digitized the printed book, you have to keep it strictly for your personal use. For sure you cannot share it on the net, like some criminal has done in the past (as you can see googling around for illegal e-versions of that book).
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Old 10-18-2012, 08:36 AM   #5
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I see a used hardcover for a little more than 5$. I suppose that one is worth ripping and scanning, even destructively...

Obviously, once you have bought and digitized the printed book, you have to keep it strictly for your personal use. For sure you cannot share it on the net, like some criminal has done in the past (as you can see googling around for illegal e-versions of that book).
Are you sure? What if you read the printed book, send it to a digitizer but ask the digitizer to email the ebook to a friend instead of to yourself, because your friend wants to read the book but needs the larger font of an ebook? I'm not advocating piracy like some criminal, just wondering about sharing ebooks...
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Old 10-18-2012, 10:37 AM   #6
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Have you checked Open Library for it? I thought anyone could make an account there, and I see six of his books available to borrow on there. You didn't give the name of the specific book you were interested in, or I would have check that for you.
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Many older books exist in eform because a fan went to the effort of either typing it in or scanning it into a computer and using OCR software to clean it up.

I plan to scan in 2 books by Frank Eric Russell. They likely will never be in print again and I can't read them in their current form.
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Old 10-21-2012, 03:35 PM   #8
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There is a service, https://unglue.it/, that is supposed to provide a crowdfunding approach where people contribute the money to buy the rights to a book to get it released under creative commons.

Not sure if you can recommend books to them or organize your own campaign though.
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