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Old 06-08-2012, 07:47 PM   #1
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Hi, all--

I've just inherited the wife's Droid-1; she got an iPhone4S for some
music apps she just had to have, so now I'm finding I can log onto the
library and download PDFs of the books that may be hard to find in the
system in dead-tree versions (whether old, out-of-print, or even out-of-
copyright and public domain.) Not entirely sure yet if the tiny screen
will make for a wonderful reader, but it's sure easier to put away when
I get off the train...

Apparently Adobe now supplies a DRM-active version of PDFs that (I
surmise) can be disabled after 1/2/3 weeks for checkout, so copyright
clutchers don't get their shorts in a wad over more than one person
reading their content.

Baen Books makes ordinary PDFs of much of their backlist available
freely, in the hope that readers will enjoy an author and be willing to
buy the wood-pulp (or rag) version of new releases; I have enjoyed a few
of these (from Lois McMaster Bujold and Spider Robinson so far) and sure
hope it works for BaeneBooks.com as they hope.

I also scan obscure technical manuals when I find one, and hope to get
better at making searchable PDFs (especially of the unobtainium ones!)
available to others; so far, my OCR efforts with tesseract in gscan2pdf
have been only fair.
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