How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love PDF Books

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love PDF Books

  1. 1. How I learned to stop worrying and love PDF books.
  2. 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. 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. 4. How beta books work: One example
  5. 5. The reader receives an e-mail when a new version of the beta book is available.
  6. 6. The reader logs into a virtual bookshelf of titles purchased from the publisher, and generates a new PDF.
  7. 7. In a few minutes, a new e-mail message arrives with a unique link to the reader’s copy of the PDF.
  8. 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. 9. Each page’s footer also includes a link to report errata.
  10. 10. The reader can report a problem in the text, or review problems reported by others.
  11. 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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