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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love PDF Books

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A short set of slides describing the benefits of publishing and consuming PDF books

A short set of slides describing the benefits of publishing and consuming PDF books

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  • 1. How I learned to stop worrying and love PDF books.
  • 2. Why go with a PDF book? • PDF books can be purchased, downloaded, and put to use in minutes • PDF books weigh zero pounds, zero ounces (good for the back) • PDF books are keyword searchable! • PDF books tend to be a few bucks cheaper than their paper counterparts • PDF books can be updated by publishers and redistributed • PDF books are printable
  • 3. Beta books • Reader gets advance access to cutting-edge content • In return, reader contributes to the editing process by submitting errata • Reader gets copy of final version when complete • Great for building relationships with readers!
  • 4. How beta books work: One example
  • 5. The reader receives an e-mail when a new version of the beta book is available.
  • 6. The reader logs into a virtual bookshelf of titles purchased from the publisher, and generates a new PDF.
  • 7. In a few minutes, a new e-mail message arrives with a unique link to the reader’s copy of the PDF.
  • 8. The updated PDF is now ready for reading! The PDF has the reader’s name embedded in it, to curtail would-be pirates.
  • 9. Each page’s footer also includes a link to report errata.
  • 10. The reader can report a problem in the text, or review problems reported by others.
  • 11. Final thoughts: • Probably not practical for any book • Good for books with text to copy and paste, or with forms to print • Advance access to cutting-edge material is good! (Just be sure to label it as such) • I can carry an entire reference library on my laptop

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