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Old 09-05-2008, 11:17 AM   #1
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Everyman chess ebooks (Chessbase format)

Probably only of passing interest here, as the usual hardware/software packages discussed on MR aren't very useful for chess publications; but at least it's another publisher going the software route.

Everyman is offering chess ebooks for sale in Chessbase format, which allows for interactive reading (shuffling pieces around the board, hopping through variations etc.). Chess ebooks have a lot of advantages over chess pbooks, so this should be a successful effort.

There are sample chapters available for anyone interested.
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Old 09-05-2008, 11:45 AM   #2
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One of my big disappointment with eBooks is the near total lack of chess books. I play, study, and buy chess books on a regular basis. To me it seems like an ideal match. Trying to lug a stack of books around to a tournament that you'll likely never even look at is seriously annoying. An e-ink reader would seriously lighten the load. Also, having an eBook open while at a board or at the computer would be great, but it doesn't seem to have caught on.

There was one really decent chess book offered for the Kindle (on the King's Gambit) but it disappeared from Amazon a while ago and hasn't reappeared. The strange thing is, I think Amazon deleted the sample chapter from my Kindle as well.

Thanks for the Chessbase links.
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"Practical Chess" by Ray Cheng will be available for Kindle sometime this weekend or Monday. We formatted it to work similarly to the book in that the exercise is shown on the screen, and you simply turn the page for the possible solutions.
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"Practical Chess" by Ray Cheng will be available for Kindle sometime this weekend or Monday. We formatted it to work similarly to the book in that the exercise is shown on the screen, and you simply turn the page for the possible solutions.
Thanks for the heads up. Practical Chess looks to have gotten some very positive reviews. I'm looking forward to it.

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Old 09-05-2008, 08:37 PM   #5
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PG Canada has this:

Znosko-Borovsky, The Middle Game in Chess, Third Edition (1938)
Chess treatise: translated into English by Julius Du Mont (1881-1956)
in HTML and Text.
http://www.gutenberg.ca/
(scroll down to near the bottom of the page.)
The copyright has expired in life+50 years countries.
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Old 09-05-2008, 08:45 PM   #6
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Probably only of passing interest here, as the usual hardware/software packages discussed on MR aren't very useful for chess publications; but at least it's another publisher going the software route.

Everyman is offering chess ebooks for sale in Chessbase format, which allows for interactive reading (shuffling pieces around the board, hopping through variations etc.). Chess ebooks have a lot of advantages over chess pbooks, so this should be a successful effort.

There are sample chapters available for anyone interested.
I can't seem to find a link to the software.
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Old 09-05-2008, 08:58 PM   #7
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Chessbase available here:
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Old 09-06-2008, 07:01 AM   #9
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There was one really decent chess book offered for the Kindle (on the King's Gambit) but it disappeared from Amazon a while ago and hasn't reappeared. The strange thing is, I think Amazon deleted the sample chapter from my Kindle as well.
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Old 09-07-2008, 04:27 PM   #11
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PG Canada has this:

Znosko-Borovsky, The Middle Game in Chess, Third Edition (1938)
Chess treatise: translated into English by Julius Du Mont (1881-1956)
in HTML and Text.
http://www.gutenberg.ca/
(scroll down to near the bottom of the page.)
The copyright has expired in life+50 years countries.
I have just converted and uploaded this book. I hope it is formatted well enough. The creator of the HTML file at Gutenberg Canada was rather clever in that he/she created the images of chess positions using a table into which they simply arranged the standard peices and set the background of the table to either white or grey. This made the HTML document much smaller than it would have been with 83 separate JPEGs. Unfortunately, of course, BookDesigner simply choked on it and I had to tediously recreate the individual JPEGs manually. I also had to manually extract all the moves that the transcriber had so neatly placed into tables (which BD doesn't support either). I don't think I'll be converting chess books again soon (this one took me six hours) and I hope that whoever does is able to find ways to surmount these challenges. Still, it was interesting and I hope you enjoy it.
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Old 09-07-2008, 04:36 PM   #12
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LOL! I just checked Project Gutenberg where there are few chess titles and I see that some intrepid soul dutifully transcribed positions of a book by Lasker using "ASCII art". I should feel lucky!


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8 | | | #K | | | | | |
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7 | | | #P | | | | | #P |
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6 | #P | | | | | | #P | |
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5 | | | | | | | | |
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4 | | | | | | | | |
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3 | | | | | | | | ^P |
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2 | ^P | | ^P | ^K | | ^P | | |
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1 | | | | | | | | |
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Old 09-07-2008, 04:38 PM   #13
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Yes, I've seen that one. If I remember correctly, it's by Edward Lasker, brother of the grandmaster Emmanuel Lasker.
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I'm sure I'm being paranoid. I must have deleted it myself now that I think about it. I just went to look at the sample I downloaded and it wasn't there, but I've deleted a lot of stuff recently and it was probably caught in there somewhere.
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Sorry for the newbie-like-question. I'm very interested in chess ebooks and i'm thinking to buy a V3-like e-reader. Those chessbase ebooks will be compatible with V3? and with iLiad?
This element can be important for to select the device to buy.
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