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Old 06-08-2008, 10:53 AM   #1
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Who ARE you people?

Hi all. I'm an avid reader and wannabe polymath and "renaissance man". I already have an extensive collection of paper books. I'm also a heavy duty computer scientist - and am very excited that technology has matured to the point of having useful and workable "electric books"! I got a Sony Reader about a week ago and am generally ecstatic with it. I found your site - and it seems to be one of the best.

But who are you people? There seems to be a lot of work by "volunteers". Yet the quality is high. Is there money in this or are you all just a bunch of zealots? Just asking.
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Old 06-08-2008, 10:57 AM   #2
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zealots.

some of us are also probably insane.

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Nobody pays me for my books. And ours are much better than the Sony free classics. We just love books and want to see them converted properly.
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Old 06-08-2008, 11:06 AM   #4
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Have you seen the Wiki? If you think the site looks good,then you will be surprised by how great the Wiki is.
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Old 06-08-2008, 11:09 AM   #5
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Patricia would of course be one of the ones who is probably at least near-certifiable. she's also the member single-handedly responsible for the majority of our over 5.000, beautifully presented, multi-format, completely free and available for the sheer pleasure of sharing the love of a good book with anyone who cares to download it, ebooks. i, with my paltry handlful of contributions, am in constant awe of her. you will be too, as soon as you get to know her, it's ineluctable. just don't mention squirrels.

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Old 06-08-2008, 11:12 AM   #6
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As a new convert to the zealot ranks (yesterday, I posted my first e-Book converted from Project Gutenberg text), I can only speak for myself. I decided to make e-Books because of:
  • the challenge -- I'm a computer geek, too, and the conversion software wasn't very easy to use. I was determined it wasn't going to get the best of me.
  • the end product -- Having read messages on factors that make a high-quality e-Book, I wanted to try my hand against that standard. (Note that I still don't know how to make curly quotes, but I will find out.)
  • the vacuum -- of the thousands and thousands of public domain books, there's a large number not yet available for e-Book readers. And, since it is a bit labor-intensive to produce a well-made book, I'm willing to give a little bit of time to improve the quality of what's available.
and most importantly, because of:
  • the fun.
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Old 06-08-2008, 11:16 AM   #7
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I'm just a lovable wanna-be.

Actually, I too work in the software field, and play guitar, write poetry, and am currently trying to learn to draw. Love of books is a given.

You sound like the kind of guy I'd like to have a beer with. With whom I'd like to have a beer. Whatever.
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Old 06-08-2008, 11:16 AM   #8
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But who are you people? There seems to be a lot of work by "volunteers". Yet the quality is high. Is there money in this or are you all just a bunch of zealots? Just asking.
Hmm... welcome.

So, you are not saying that quality can't be produced by volunteers are you? See Linux if you think that is the case.

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Old 06-08-2008, 11:26 AM   #9
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insane, hyper-friendly zealots (with a few lovable wanna-bes thrown in for variety).

be not afraid, though. very few of us bite.
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Old 06-08-2008, 11:35 AM   #10
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Welcome, Ted. Arf! I come here for the doughnuts and chocolate. Arf! Arf!
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Old 06-08-2008, 01:35 PM   #11
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Hi TedPark. Good answers from the always informative and accurate Zelda_Pinwheel and our eBook goddess, Particia.

We're like bookworms on crack! Lot of Karma whores too.
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Old 06-08-2008, 02:14 PM   #12
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We're like bookworms on crack!
PERFECT DESCRIPTION!!

In a perfect world, I would be able to finish one book and go directly into the next with missing a beat. Oh wait, that's what has happened since I got my EB-1150!

Welcome - and it's too late to save yourself now. If you aren't yet addicted to your Sony, you will be soon.

PS - We also proselytize by constantly demonstrating our devices for the unenlightened masses who are still using antiquated paper books.

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Old 06-08-2008, 02:19 PM   #13
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We are also a bunch of smart cookies. This is such an impressive thread: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...evel+education

Not everyone is a computer expert. (Not me, for example.) There is a wide variety of backgrounds and educational levels amongst the usual MR cast of characters.
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Old 06-08-2008, 02:25 PM   #14
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"bookworms on crack" is in fact frighteningly apt.
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Old 06-08-2008, 02:28 PM   #15
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