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Old 11-21-2009, 01:24 AM   #16
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The first book in the program is below. epub format

Link http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ebooks/free_ebook.html

The Birthday Book
Edited and Translated by Holt N. Parker
120 pages, 9 line drawings 5 x 7 © 2007
E-book Free! See form below (about e-books)
ISBN: 9780226099774
Cloth $25.00
ISBN: 9780226099743 Published February 2007
Mine came down in pdf format, and when I contacted the very pleasant lady she said that it had not yet been made into an ePub ebook.

Anyone had any success in downloading it as an ePub ebook?

They've got a marvellous range of books, and I'd like to get more of them.

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Old 11-21-2009, 08:04 AM   #17
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Mine came down in pdf format, and when I contacted the very pleasant lady she said that it had not yet been made into an ePub ebook.

Anyone had any success in downloading it as an ePub ebook?

They've got a marvellous range of books, and I'd like to get more of them.

Regards, Alex
Came as PDF. Guess that PRS-500 firmware upgrade will come in handy soon PDF reflow good...
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Hi--we're very sorry for the overnight outage. The free Birthday Books are back up--please enjoy.

Also, any links issued last night should work fine now. (The server issue wasn't about the free books, or linux..! We love linux.)
It seems that you do not love Linux that much, on my linux box I cannot d/l the file as your software claims my system does not meet the minimum requirements for d/l. For information I do have ADE installed and working under wine but your software cannot detect it.
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Old 11-21-2009, 03:45 PM   #19
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From what I've read of the book so far, it is absolutely great!
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It seems that you do not love Linux that much, on my linux box I cannot d/l the file as your software claims my system does not meet the minimum requirements for d/l. For information I do have ADE installed and working under wine but your software cannot detect it.
That's not their problem, it's Adobe's fault for not releasing their Linux version like they said they were going to.

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From what I've read of the book so far, it is absolutely great!
That's not their problem, it's Adobe's fault for not releasing their Linux version like they said they were going to.
Well it is their problem if they want to sell books to all comers. Fortunately the people there are very nice. They emailed me a download link which worked fine on my linux box. Other providers of adobe drmed books give you a direct link to download the ascm file to use in conjunction with ADE. That is all you need provided you have ADE running under wine/crossover.

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Old 11-21-2009, 04:18 PM   #21
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Well it is their problem if they want to sell books to all comers. Fortunately the people there are very nice. They emailed me a download link which worked fine on my linux box. Other providers of adobe drmed books give you a direct link to download the ascm file to use in conjunction with ADE. That is all you need provided you have ADE running under wine/crossover.

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I see your point then, but you can't place that much blame on them.
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They use pdf as an ebook format, which it is not is, and that is their fault.
I am assuming that the d/l is drmed which is why they use ADE and that is their fault.
Why anyone would DRM a free book is beyond me.
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Old 11-21-2009, 05:20 PM   #23
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They use pdf as an ebook format, which it is not is, and that is their fault.
I am assuming that the d/l is drmed which is why they use ADE and that is their fault.
Why anyone would DRM a free book is beyond me.
Not the first time; Adobe gave away a free book about themselves (!) with DRM a while back..
Oh, and the title of that book was "Inside the Publishing Revolution: The Adobe Story" by Pamela Pfiffner.

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Old 11-21-2009, 05:35 PM   #24
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I can't get it to work. After installation it keeps asking for my password - I assume for my email account - not likely to get it from me! I'm sorry since it sounds like a book I'd like to read.
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I can't get it to work. After installation it keeps asking for my password - I assume for my email account - not likely to get it from me! I'm sorry since it sounds like a book I'd like to read.
It's talking about your Adobe account...not your email account.
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I see your point then, but you can't place that much blame on them.
True. I give them the benefit of the doubt because they are still new at this. Their book rental option is quite intriguing. I think if they just allow people to form an account with them like you can at Books on Board or Cyberread, it won't be an issue. People can just download the ascm file directly, drag it onto ADE, and bam, you've got your book.

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I've sent them an email to suggest they consider adding the EPUB format for all the reasons so often discussed on this forum. They certainly do have an interesting variety of books you wouldn't find anywhere else, and for a $5 rental charge for 30 days I could tolerate pdf, but hopefully they'll add EPUB in the near future.

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Old 11-22-2009, 12:57 AM   #28
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Something else to note about this 'free' ebook, the book is only a loan book, it is for a year so plenty of time to read it but if you want to keep it to reread it then it will need to be deDRMed.

They do claim to be in the process of converting from pdf to epub format which will mean they sell 'proper' ebooks. All they then need to do is abandon DRM and they will be a useable service.

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Weedfreak - I agree that they should abandon DRM for books you purchase, but I'm willing to put up with DRM on a book I've only paid $5 to rent for a month.

Hopefully their conversion to EPUB will happen soon, as they seem to have many titles that would be worthwhile reading.

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