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Old 11-22-2009, 11:07 PM   #31
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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.
Well, they actually sell this free ebook, using their tiered pricing. So it's free, but only for a while I suppose.

I expect they use ADE because it's a 3rd party process, so the U of C doesn't have to come up with its own DRM scheme.

And you are right - the use of pdf for ebooks is noxious, at least, based on this book. The lines format correctly only at the smallest font, which is virtually unreadable on my Sony 300. Size 2 is closer to readable, but I get one word lines every other line. Size 3 gives me words broken in half at the end of the line, plus 3/4 lines every other line. Changing over to landscape gives me the identical problems.

So I won't even bother to read this book, nor go back for more free books, nor purchase any of their offerings at any price level.

Which annoys me even more because I went to U of C to get my law degree.
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Old 11-22-2009, 11:08 PM   #32
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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.
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I have the ebook in question here. It has the following permissions set by the publisher:
  • Allow viewing: on any device
  • Allow copying: 1 copy with an additional copy accrued every 1 minute, capped at 1 copy, on any device
  • Allow printing: 50 pages, on this computer, at a maximum resolution of 200 dpi
Based on this information, I can only conclude you are incorrect and this book is not a loan book.
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Old 11-22-2009, 11:09 PM   #33
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Came as PDF. Guess that PRS-500 firmware upgrade will come in handy soon PDF reflow good...
What pdf reflow? I aint got no pdf reflow on my 300...
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Old 11-23-2009, 01:25 AM   #34
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What pdf reflow? I aint got no pdf reflow on my 300...
Hmmmmm. Interesting.
The information I have is that the PRS-300 does PDF reflow.
PDF reflow, of course, only works if the PDF has been generated with PDF reflow in mind.
This may have led you to believe your PRS-300 does not do PDF reflow (after all, if you've never experienced it..)

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Old 11-23-2009, 03:45 AM   #35
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Source?
I have the ebook in question here. It has the following permissions set by the publisher:
  • Allow viewing: on any device
  • Allow copying: 1 copy with an additional copy accrued every 1 minute, capped at 1 copy, on any device
  • Allow printing: 50 pages, on this computer, at a maximum resolution of 200 dpi
Based on this information, I can only conclude you are incorrect and this book is not a loan book.
I base my suspicions on the ascm file -
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<fulfillmentToken fulfillmentType="loan" xmlns="http://ns.adobe.com/adept">
  <distributor>urn:uuid:bdfb6d9d-d903-4065-b66c-e870cb98624d</distributor>
  <operatorURL>http://press-bv2.uchicago.edu:8080/fulfillment</operatorURL>
  <expiration>2010-11-21T08:32:07-06:00</expiration>
I have written to UC to check, but they seem to have the weekend free.
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Old 11-23-2009, 03:13 PM   #36
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Hmmmmm. Interesting.
The information I have is that the PRS-300 does PDF reflow.
PDF reflow, of course, only works if the PDF has been generated with PDF reflow in mind.
This may have led you to believe your PRS-300 does not do PDF reflow (after all, if you've never experienced it..)
What you say makes sense.

What doesn't make sense is for an ebook publisher to generate pdfs which don't reflow.
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Old 11-23-2009, 04:54 PM   #37
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Hi--just to clarify--these free Birthday Books are NOT a loan--once opened, they're unlimited duration. No time limit.

The Birthday Book should reflow on Sonys--it does on the Sonys we've tested on.

(But PDF reflow obviously can't be as good, on any small device, as a natively-reflowing file format would be. We are getting there--but it's a lot of work, and there are lots of books to move.

Thank you very much for your interest--university presses are non-profits, and it's hard to find funding to reflow files for already-published books. Knowing there's interest helps us stay on task.)

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Old 11-25-2009, 12:15 AM   #38
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The Birthday Book should reflow on Sonys--it does on the Sonys we've tested on.

(But PDF reflow obviously can't be as good, on any small device, as a natively-reflowing file format would be. We are getting there--but it's a lot of work, and there are lots of books to move.
Well, I've previously described the lack of reflow on my Sony 300.

I also have a Sony 505. The reflow is also lacking for that device, although it shows up a little differently. Unlike the 300, on medium font I don't get a single hanging word. But I also don't get a larger font - what seems to be happening is that the small font is just sort of unformated, and shows up occupying the top half of the screen, rather than being centered on the middle of the screen.

The large font gives me a half line every other line.

Changing to landscape doesn't help.

So I don't know what Sonys you would have tested - the 600 & now obsolete 700?
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Hopefully soon I'll be testing a firmware upgraded PRS-500 PDF reflow first up..
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Well, I've previously described the lack of reflow on my Sony 300.

I also have a Sony 505. The reflow is also lacking for that device, although it shows up a little differently. Unlike the 300, on medium font I don't get a single hanging word. But I also don't get a larger font - what seems to be happening is that the small font is just sort of unformated, and shows up occupying the top half of the screen, rather than being centered on the middle of the screen.

The large font gives me a half line every other line.

Changing to landscape doesn't help.

So I don't know what Sonys you would have tested - the 600 & now obsolete 700?
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I can't open it on my desktop version of ADE. I keep downloading it but nothing shows up in ADE.


Edit: Big thanks to bibliovault who helped me get the book to open.

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If you've installed the new Sony Ebook Library software, look there. I clicked on the link, ADE opened, asked me if I wanted to download the book (duh, why else did I click the link? and why word it to look like a previous download failed?), then the book itself installed into the Sony library instead.

Guess Sony stole a file association, the same as Amazon did with Kindle for PC.
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New book up..they're quite timely at getting these updated on the 1st of the month, three times in a row...

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