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Old 02-01-2010, 10:48 PM   #31
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Eh, I'll pass on the note that I have to submit my email address to them. I rather not seeing how I usually get spammed a few days later by another dozen publishers/ebook retailers.

I guess it's fine if it's Adobe DRM'd since my reader can read Adobe DRM books.
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Old 02-02-2010, 06:33 AM   #32
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I have never had a spam problem from UofC, they usually send one email a month advertising their current free book. The rest of the process is a real pain in the butt though.

I usually run with flash blocked so I need to unblock that to get the d/l link, then I need to have the totally pointless ADE installed next I have to strip the DRM as a point of principle (especially on a book about piracy) then I need to convert it to an ebook format as pdf is not an ebook format. So after an hour or so I can read the 'free' ebook. This long and unnecessary procedure is one of the reasons I will NEVER buy an ebook with DRM.
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Old 02-02-2010, 07:25 AM   #34
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I suspect part of the problem is being in France. However, I also received an error message when I clicked on the link (my first page was different, as it detected ADE as bein installed). When I closed that error page, however, at the top of IE there was a "download file being blocked" banner, which I clicked and then it allowed me to save the ACSM file.

ADE is a pain - at least the one from Random House Australia downloaded without a hitch this month - last month it was offline with one problem after another for over a week and then when it came back up, it took several tries to get it downloaded and installed (various licensing error messages).

Given the experience with EPUB/PDF via ADE that most people get, perhaps the iPad will prove popular. The ease of buying, installing and getting on with reading has been behind a lot of the success of the Kindle.
hm, do you think it could be geographic ? that wasn't the impression i got (it just told me it couldn't connect to the server), and it didn't say anything about that in the page, but i guess you never know. i've actually never had a problem with ade in the past. i just think this particular delivery method (embedding the link in a flash animation so there is no way to right click / save as manually, wrapping the link delivery up with the installer...) is needlessly (and even stupidly...) complex. no worries, since, i have acquired the file through alternate means but it's still annoying.

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OT (sorry) There is a really good one here:
http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/asparagus_risotto/
yep, that looks about right. thanks for the recipe.
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Old 02-02-2010, 07:55 AM   #35
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Hey! Are you guys Trafficking in pirate recipes?
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Old 02-02-2010, 07:57 AM   #36
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Quite unusual for this book offer to be one day only! Good thing I was on the ball when downloading it early..
Oh, and you should have seen all the errors displayed before it successfully downloaded! ADE is getting into quite a mess.. it always asks me when I run it if I want to complete downloads, even though all downloads are done..
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I've received this email about the book Piracy: The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates by Adrian Johns.

It seems will be free only today (Feb 1st)

The link is http://pressuchicago.qm4.net/a/0/124...6/default.aspx

You have to have Adobe Digital Editions installed to be able to download it.

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Old 02-02-2010, 08:01 AM   #37
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I don't know about you, but Pirate fish and chips with side order of noodles sounds great
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I saved the acsm file, and then opened it in Sony Library. It worked.
I'm still to try using Sony Library for the purpose. it might help me avoid the messiness which is ADE.
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Old 02-02-2010, 08:05 AM   #39
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Quite unusual for this book offer to be one day only! Good thing I was on the ball when downloading it early..
Oh, and you should have seen all the errors displayed before it successfully downloaded! ADE is getting into quite a mess.. it always asks me when I run it if I want to complete downloads, even though all downloads are done..
well i'm relieved to know it's not just me.

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Oddly enough, I didn't have any problems downloading it on my Ubuntu Netbook. Below the flash-doohickey telling me my system is not compatible there is a link that is clearly marked for linux users that allows you to download the ascm file directly.
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Old 02-02-2010, 08:21 AM   #41
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Oddly enough, I didn't have any problems downloading it on my Ubuntu Netbook. Below the flash-doohickey telling me my system is not compatible there is a link that is clearly marked for linux users that allows you to download the ascm file directly.
alas, that link only appears if you are on a linux machine. i noticed conditional messages in the page depending on which browser i used, warning about compatibility or potential problems (no warnings in firefox though). if there had been a direct link it would have solved all my problems.
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Quite unusual for this book offer to be one day only! Good thing I was on the ball when downloading it early..
Oh, and you should have seen all the errors displayed before it successfully downloaded! ADE is getting into quite a mess.. it always asks me when I run it if I want to complete downloads, even though all downloads are done..
I get many of the same errors. tracking down and deleting any old .acsm files gets rid of the messages, usually, until some more left behind.

I also see you are using sony software - it uses ADE, it just hides it (and hides the error messages, so you can't tell what the real problem is), so doesn't really help. It does give you another place to hunt down the epub file and a different reader interface.

I wonder if they'll dump flash when the iPad ships - if it can download epubs/ade-pdf directly, it'll still have problems with any site that uses flash. So kiss reading those web-only versions of books at Kobo goodbye; although they are adding a reader app for the iPad, which should allow their mobile versions to work (they also think they are going to charge $9.99 for NYT bestsellers, which tells me MM hasn't stomped on their dreams, just yet).
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It only worked for me if I opened DE first. I finally noticed the DE that opened hd nothing in it, and I knew I had a library book checked out. I left DE open, and downloaded again, and it worked.
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I suspect part of the problem is being in France.
Could the problem *be* France, somehow?
My natural reaction is that there's nothing wrong with France..
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