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Old 04-22-2009, 03:25 AM   #1
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Old 04-22-2009, 03:31 AM   #2
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Great find! Thanks for posting! I wonder what other formats it will be in?
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Great find! Thanks for posting! I wonder what other formats it will be in?
No problem. For those that are interested I usually blog any free ebooks I find (among other free and random things) at http://www.weateallthepies.com/ but I'll stick them here too from now on.
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Oh well, it is a PDF-File of 1,2 MB size.
373 pages of text.
AND it is downloadable outside of Great Britain also.
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Old 04-22-2009, 07:49 AM   #5
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And there are birds in the background on every page which is causing the Kindle converter and Mobipocket Creator to go insane while trying to convert it :/
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Old 04-22-2009, 08:22 AM   #6
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Great find! Thanks for posting! I wonder what other formats it will be in?
Not that I want to inspect the state of the teeth of the proverbial gift horse, but ...

Yes, as usual it is a PDF
As unuseable as they get.

Horrible, *horrible*, HORRIBLE.
- page size 190.5 x 272.8mm
- extremely wide page margins approx. 40mm left and right, 50mm top and 30mm botton
- text unrelated to the book in the header and footer
- grey "watermark" picture (several objects) in background behind text on EACH PAGE (OCR engines are gona love that one!)
- "left" and "right" page have a little bit different sized margins to make automated removal of said wide margins much, much more interesting ;-)
- even if you print it out, the text occupies only 40% of the page.

<sigh...>
when will they learn?
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Old 04-22-2009, 08:27 AM   #7
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Nope, wouldn't recommend it. Calibre doesn't like the birdies and the pdf causes my reader to freeze when trying to enlarge to medium.
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Old 04-22-2009, 08:29 AM   #8
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Not that I want to inspect the state of the teeth of the proverbial gift horse, but ...

Yes, as usual it is a PDF
As unuseable as they get.

Horrible, *horrible*, HORRIBLE.
- page size 190.5 x 272.8mm
- extremely wide page margins approx. 40mm left and right, 50mm top and 30mm botton
- text unrelated to the book in the header and footer
- grey "watermark" picture (several objects) in background behind text on EACH PAGE (OCR engines are gona love that one!)
- "left" and "right" page have a little bit different sized margins to make automated removal of said wide margins much, much more interesting ;-)
- even if you print it out, the text occupies only 40% of the page.

<sigh...>
when will they learn?
Indeed, I was holding out for anything but pdf but sadly they have done the usual.

Why does everyone like PDF so much? I guess they are print companies but surely they must do some research into ebooks and formats.
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Old 04-22-2009, 08:34 AM   #9
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If there is an email address, I do think we should all send a message saying how bad the PDF is and pointing to this thread.
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Old 04-22-2009, 09:13 AM   #10
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Is the book any good? If it is good, I'd like to give it a try. But not for free, if they insist on sending SPAM emails. Neither my bust nor penis need enlarging, thank you very much.

If it's good, just show me where to anonymously buy it.

The summary looks like something that I would read straight through over a weekend, wouldn't want to put it down.

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Old 04-22-2009, 09:15 AM   #11
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Is the book any good? If it is good, I'd like to give it a try. But not for free, if they insist on sending SPAM emails. Neither my bust nor penis need enlarging, thank you very much.

If it's good, just show me where to anonymously buy it.
Simple solution....

Go to your ISP and setup another email address. Then use it to get this book and then delete the account. Works quite well for places you need to use an email address but don't actually want any email.
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Old 04-22-2009, 09:19 AM   #12
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Simple solution....

Go to your ISP and setup another email address. Then use it to get this book and then delete the account. Works quite well for places you need to use an email address but don't actually want any email.
Or just enter anything@anything.com because it just gives you a link to download rather than emailing it to you and they won't have any kind of valid mail checking.
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Simple solution....

Go to your ISP and setup another email address. Then use it to get this book and then delete the account. Works quite well for places you need to use an email address but don't actually want any email.

Oh DUH! I forgot that I have that already, just for such an occasion. My bellsouth.net address, if I can remember the first part. Thanks for the reminder.
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Or just enter anything@anything.com because it just gives you a link to download rather than emailing it to you and they won't have any kind of valid mail checking.

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But not for free, if they insist on sending SPAM emails.
just use anemail address:
any_invented_name.mailinator.com

example:
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ThisAddressDoesNotExist@mailinator.com
justme@mailinator.com

visit www.mailinator.com for better explanation.
Please notice that maininator has many aliases, in case some administrator learns about mailinator and filters its addresses. Again, see mailinator.com for details.

when you enter a mailinator address you are sent to a download page.
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