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Old 04-28-2008, 09:22 AM   #1
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10 Free E-books from Dragon Moon Press

Dragon Moon Press is offering 10 free novels as PDF downloads from their blog. If any of you are interested in small press, this should be interesting.
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Old 04-28-2008, 10:31 AM   #2
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The better half likes this stuff, I snagged them for her. Thanks
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A whole pile of new authors to try out! Cool, thanks for the link
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Old 04-28-2008, 06:22 PM   #4
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Dragon Moon Press is offering 10 free novels as PDF downloads from their blog. If any of you are interested in small press, this should be interesting.
I'm interested in small presses, but not in reading PDF.
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Old 04-28-2008, 06:52 PM   #5
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I'm interested in small presses, but not in reading PDF.
Same here. I wrote to the publisher at Dragon Moon about availability in other formats and the response was that free versions are only in PDF but that other formats are available at Fictionwise. I am interested in a couple of their titles, but I'm not willing to gamble on the quality of the authors/press without trying one of the books first. Seems shortsighted to me but I do understand the reluctance to give away product.
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Old 04-28-2008, 09:08 PM   #6
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There are a few of these small pubs that sell PDFs direct, but use Fictionwise multiformat to make other formats available. I know Imajinn does it that way too, so do some others I just can't think of who right now.
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Old 04-28-2008, 09:20 PM   #7
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Same here. I wrote to the publisher at Dragon Moon about availability in other formats and the response was that free versions are only in PDF but that other formats are available at Fictionwise. I am interested in a couple of their titles, but I'm not willing to gamble on the quality of the authors/press without trying one of the books first. Seems shortsighted to me but I do understand the reluctance to give away product.
I'm not exactly a fan of pdf as an e-book format either. However, I've got a couple of their e-books, and they're not too bad. So, I thought others would be interested in it.
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Old 04-29-2008, 12:59 AM   #8
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Same here. I wrote to the publisher at Dragon Moon about availability in other formats and the response was that free versions are only in PDF but that other formats are available at Fictionwise. I am interested in a couple of their titles, but I'm not willing to gamble on the quality of the authors/press without trying one of the books first. Seems shortsighted to me but I do understand the reluctance to give away product.
Since you can download the PDF for free wouldn't you be able to use that to access the quality of the writing and story. Surely neither would be tainted by the format.

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Old 04-29-2008, 05:37 AM   #9
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Hmm, I can only open four of the ten books: The two by Oliver, and those by Henderson and Ward. I get errors on all the others. :-(
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Old 04-29-2008, 08:52 AM   #10
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The way they structured the pdf's is quite annoying actually.

They open in full screen mode, one crashed my pc - happens occasionally with large pdf's that I open in Firefox for some reason - , it's really a lot of trouble for the end-user - not worth the time unless you really want one of those books. Which I don't.

But for sampling, I think it is exactly the wrong way to do it. Either offer a straight pdf download, or offer half the text in html or prc, and ask for payment for the rest...
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The way they structured the pdf's is quite annoying actually.

They open in full screen mode, one crashed my pc - happens occasionally with large pdf's that I open in Firefox for some reason - , it's really a lot of trouble for the end-user - not worth the time unless you really want one of those books. Which I don't.

But for sampling, I think it is exactly the wrong way to do it. Either offer a straight pdf download, or offer half the text in html or prc, and ask for payment for the rest...
What I did was I saved the file before ever opening it via ctrl-click:save file as. Then, when I opened in Acrobat, I told it not to open in full screen and had it remember the settings. No problems that way, and I can sample them at my own leisure.
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Old 04-29-2008, 10:38 AM   #12
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Since you can download the PDF for free wouldn't you be able to use that to access the quality of the writing and story. Surely neither would be tainted by the format.
The problem is less the PDF format as that I absolutely refuse to read for pleasure on my computer, which is what would be required. I spend all day working as book editor reading books on my computer and by the time I'm ready for my pleasure reading, the very last thing I want to do is sit at my desk and read yet another book on my computer. It's one of the reasons why I bought a Sony Reader rather than a Kindle. The Kindle seemed to be too much like reading on my computer; the Sony seemed to be more like reading a paperback. My hands-on experience with both (a neighbor bought a Kindle) demonstrated that for me the Kindle is too much like my computer.

So it is less the PDF format than the necessity of reading on my computer that makes me shy away from this type of offer.
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Old 04-29-2008, 11:09 AM   #13
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these "free" books certainly aren't short on advertising, every page !
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The problem is less the PDF format as that I absolutely refuse to read for pleasure on my computer, which is what would be required. I spend all day working as book editor reading books on my computer and by the time I'm ready for my pleasure reading, the very last thing I want to do is sit at my desk and read yet another book on my computer. It's one of the reasons why I bought a Sony Reader rather than a Kindle. The Kindle seemed to be too much like reading on my computer; the Sony seemed to be more like reading a paperback. My hands-on experience with both (a neighbor bought a Kindle) demonstrated that for me the Kindle is too much like my computer.

So it is less the PDF format than the necessity of reading on my computer that makes me shy away from this type of offer.
I was not suggesting that this is a substitute for an eBook which was also available but not free. I was asking if a free PDF could be used to decide if you wanted to buy the real eBook that you wanted to read. Your original comment was you had to have a free eBook in the correct format to evaluate the author. I was trying to understand why this would be true unless you just wanted eBooks for free with no intention of buying.

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So, I thought others would be interested in it.
Oh, definitely -- and I did not mean to imply otherwise. It's good that they're doing it, and good that you posted it.
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