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Old 08-16-2008, 05:02 AM   #1
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Safari Books Online

http://safari.oreilly.com/

I use this a lot and love it apart from the fact that I cannot read the books offline.

I think with the latest firmware the Sony can enable this offline support, see email below.

If you like this idea, please send similar requests to

bookquestions@oreilly.com

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I have a Sony PRS-505 reader which supports the Epub format.

It would be great if you could download a book to this device and read it offline (train etc)
I understand the objections because you also want people to buy the print copy or not have the book after membership expires.

However I believe that Epub supports a borrowed model, where you could expire the book after x number of days.

So if you had a number of book download tokens per membership month and then expired the book after a time period on the device this would work really well for offline readers...

What do you think !

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Old 08-16-2008, 07:38 AM   #2
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They have an initial batch of 30 books in EPUB with more (hopefully) coming.
http://toc.oreilly.com/2008/07/30-or...k-bundles.html
I've bought one and it looks pretty nice.
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Old 08-16-2008, 12:56 PM   #3
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yeah I saw that, but what I want them to support is the bookshelf on the PRS505, I pay £24.99 a month for access to all the books on the bookshelf but you can only read them online or download a chapter to PDF.

The reason that they have always given for not allowing you to download a whole book is that you never own the book , you are renting access....

So..... my thinking is that the sony reader can become an extension of your bookshelf (a bit like the library concept).

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Old 08-16-2008, 02:13 PM   #4
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So..... my thinking is that the sony reader can become an extension of your bookshelf (a bit like the library concept).

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Yes, They could use the Adobe DRM to expire the book each month. You would have to renew the book in order to use it on the reader the next month.

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Old 08-19-2008, 05:55 PM   #5
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Agreed!

Yes, this would be killer for the Safari Bookshelf service! I certainly hope they are considering going this route.

I sent an email to booktech@oreilly.com asking for this.

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Old 08-19-2008, 07:01 PM   #6
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I have a new email address and an answer !

customer-service@safaribooksonline.com

Personally i think we should keep pushing it, I am not sure they quite understand :O)

Hello Mark,

Thank you for taking time to write us.

We are sorry to inform you that currently Safari do not have any e-reader that will read the book to the user. Our product development team is always aiming to stay in-touch and on par with the newest technology. We appreciate your inputs and suggestions to make Safari more users friendly. However, we will not be able to give any guarantees of out the come of your inputs or suggestions.

Unfortunately, at this time we cannot provide you with any other solutions. If you have further questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail anyone of us on the Safari Customer Service team.

Regards,

Murali
Customer Service
Safari Books Online, LLC
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