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Old 04-20-2020, 11:03 AM   #211
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Tor will be giving away the first four Murderbot books, by Martha Wells. One book per day, for the next four days:

Monday, April 20: All Systems Red (Book 1)
Tuesday, April 21: Artificial Condition (Book 2)
Wednesday, April 22: Rogue Protocol (Book 3)
Thursday, April 23: Exit Strategy (Book 4)
Download period ends 5:59 AM ET, April 24.

All this in anticipation of the fifth Murderbot book's release on May 5th.
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Old 04-20-2020, 05:00 PM   #212
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Jon, what are the advantages of using entities vs. characters?
In the case of a standard novel, there is less advantage using entities then using characters. It's easier to tell what the characters are. So if you are looking at the code, other, the chaaracters are (overall) easier to deal with. Characters make the text easier to read.
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Old 04-20-2020, 05:03 PM   #213
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Tor will be giving away the first four Murderbot books, by Martha Wells. One book per day, for the next four days:

Monday, April 20: All Systems Red (Book 1)
Tuesday, April 21: Artificial Condition (Book 2)
Wednesday, April 22: Rogue Protocol (Book 3)
Thursday, April 23: Exit Strategy (Book 4)
Download period ends 5:59 AM ET, April 24.

All this in anticipation of the fifth Murderbot book's release on May 5th.
The first 4 books are novellas.
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Old 04-28-2020, 02:34 PM   #214
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After four free novellas from Martha Wells last week, Tor has a new free ebook this week: The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson. This is to support the release of the new volume in the series, The Tyrant Baru Cormorant on August 11th.
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Old 05-04-2020, 11:28 AM   #215
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Tor keeps the free ebooks coming: today only, Brandon Sanderson's The Way Of Kings is free. Although, the Tor site seems to be very sluggish right now. This freebie was extensively advertised on Reddit and Brandon Sanderson sites, so maybe the Tor servers are getting hit by eager Sanderson fans.

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Old 05-04-2020, 12:09 PM   #216
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Tor keeps the free ebooks coming: today only, Brandon Sanderson's The Way Of Kings is free. Although, the Tor site seems to be very sluggish right now...
The site keeps crashing on me. I guess a couple of people want that book.
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Old 05-04-2020, 12:46 PM   #217
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Tor.com is offering The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson for today (May 4th) only.

See Tor.com’s eBook of the Month Club for the offer.

May the Forth be with you.

Edit: The site's queries to Facebook seem to take forever and the download speed is pathetic. I've seldom seen the like since I stopped using dialup.

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Old 05-04-2020, 01:43 PM   #218
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As it turns out, I got The Way of Kings from Kobo quite a while back. Ah well.
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Tor.com is offering The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson for today (May 4th) only.
The ePub is 19MB. Seems gigantic.
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The ePub is 19MB. Seems gigantic.
There are 19 mb of maps and graphics (uncompressed) inside the epub. The mobi version is 40 mb!
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The ePub is 19MB. Seems gigantic.
The azw3 copy I download from Amazon back in September 2014 was only 7.7MB. The updated copy I download from Amazon today is 12.1MB.

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There are 19 mb of maps and graphics (uncompressed) inside the epub. The mobi version is 40 mb!
The maps and graphics are almost certainly highly compressed.
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The latest freebie, Brandon Sanderson's The Way Of Kings, was supposed to be for one day only. But, they seem to have extended the window to 11:59 pm ET today (May 5th). Probably because of all the trouble people had downloading the book yesterday.
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The maps and graphics are almost certainly highly compressed.
The map and graphics images are jpegs so quite highly compressed. Within the epub, they gain fractionally greater compression. Instead of 20,277,792 bytes, they only require 18,238,534 bytes (around 10%).

I did remove the embedded font since I don't need an embedded copy of CharisSIL (1.4MB compressed, 5.6MB uncompressed).
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