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[7 Oct 2008 | No Comment | ]

Charlie Sorrel of gaget lab, talks of the dream of Wired Editor Leander Kahney –who yet in turn comments on the 9to5Mac’s rumor on the “The Brick”.
Kahney wishes for two touch-screen iPod Touches joined at the hip — useful for ebooking, notebooking, or sharing with another person (not so sure about this one…).
Both Leander and Sorrel think it’s a slim chance, but it’s something they’d both love to see.

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[7 Oct 2008 | No Comment | ]

You love PDF — but you’re hankering for even more info about what’s going on in the digital documents world?

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[7 Oct 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

The days of paper textbooks in School classrooms are numbered. The prospect of being able to carry around all of your schools books on one electronic device — with the data backed up on the web, of course — will be too great for many to resist. How long will it take? Who knows, but 5-10 years is a reasonable guess.
With the release of the Kindle, Sony Reader, iRex Digital Reader and Plastic Logic Reader, among others, we are seeing the future home of textbooks taking shape. While some of the …

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[7 Oct 2008 | No Comment | ]

Connecticut Law Tribune reports on a recent workshop that looked at ways to develop a new version of law school course books.
Professors and publishing executives met earlier this month in Seattle to discuss how legal casebooks could be made available electronically on a widespread basis, particularly on new instruments such as Amazon’s Kindle and the Sony Reader.
And:
Much of the push for electronic casebooks is coming from law professors who want more control over the materials they use in their classrooms. Ayres already is moving in this direction by going paperless …

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[29 Sep 2008 | One Comment | ]

An up-and-coming company, Flat World Knowledge plans to go live in January 2009, offering an alternative way for students to purchase their textbooks (in mostly digital form). Online versions will be free, PDF versions will be cheap, and print on demand versions will be modestly priced. You’ll be able to view these on devices such as Amazon’s Kindle, Sony’s e-Book reader, and so on.
All of the electronic versions will be DRM-free, meaning that even though it is not legal to copy for friends, it is possible (and quite easily so). …

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[14 Sep 2008 | No Comment | ]

Now about 10 months from its release in mid-to-late November in 2007 — enough time has passed to see what people really think of Amazon’s Kindle.
For those who haven’t owned one, used one, or otherwise seen one – you can find a floating copy of the original introduction video here on YouTube – The Amazon Kindle.
I’ve read through a slew of reviews ranging from the unimpressed, well-thought out response of “meh”, to the equal expression of literary genius, “it’s amazing” … and consequently compiled a (relatively) even-handed list below of more detailed …

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[10 Sep 2008 | One Comment | ]

Plastic Logic have announced a new electronic-reading device aimed at the business market.
The device mirros a 8.5 x 11-inch sheet of paper in size, is thinner than a pad of paper, has built-in wireless, and unlike the Kindle, will include native support for a number of common file types:
The Plastic Logic reader supports a full range of business document formats, such as Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint, and Adobe PDFs, as well as newspapers, periodicals and books.
Plastic Logic’s research indicates that professionals tend to read more business content than recreational content, …

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[9 Sep 2008 | No Comment | ]

I’ve had a (long) long-time interest in ebooks — back in 2000, I even devised a device called the Paper-Simulator 3000 (almost patent pending) — its main aim was to provide a method by which paper-book-addicts could migrate across to ebook reading. 
Complete with a strap on leather binder, dried-ink odour dispenser, and a motorised random paper-cut module it really was quite an ‘idea-of-the-day’.
But 8 years later, it seems it’s just not required… people are just (generally) happy to read ebooks — and are becoming more so. And not just on …

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[3 Sep 2008 | 4 Comments | ]

Brad Feld raised a fair point in his The Kindle and DRM blog post today by posing the question — why isn’t it possible to share ebooks, which you’ve purchased through Amazon for your Kindle, with other people?
He’s not talking about creating multiple copies of the ebook and sharing it with people, he’s talking about actually transferring the ebook to another person, just like you would physically give a paper book to another person, so that they can read it. This happens every day with real books, between friends or …

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[1 Sep 2008 | 4 Comments | ]

Up until recently I had been thinking about buying a Kindle. From the reviews I’ve read, it sounds pretty good, and not having to carry around physical books is a real bonus.
So as preparation for buying a Kindle I thought I’d try reading a few e-books on my Eee PC, to see if I could stand reading books on an electronic device.
It turns out that a) I don’t mind reading books on an electronic device, if the device is right, and b) I don’t need a Kindle any more because …

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[20 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

We’re always interested to hear about new developments in digital documents whether they be online, offline, xps, flash, pdf, or in fact, anything at all — even a notepad text file, if you’ve got a cool way of using it.
Our number one concern is sharing the knowledge — so if you’ve got something worth hearing about — send it on over… (links to our Debenu Contact Us page – hit the back button when you’re done).
Of course, while we like to think that we know everything — there’s a …

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[18 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

Whilst we’re on the ebook theme, and PDF-based at that — if you already haven’t, it’s definitely worth taking the time to download a copy of Scott Adam’s God’s Debris as an eBook (PDF of course).
Published free for electronic download — it’s been so successful that it made its way over the electron-to-paper divide for sale at Amazon as a printed book (and other bookstores too), with new copies almost $11 including shipping.
But you’re free to shoot the PDF around to as many of your friends as you like, in …

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[17 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

As a follow on from my previous post, for those interested in PDF-based eBooks, I should draw your attention to the free books site Planet eBook — a site I co-founded with Planet PDF.
Whilst it’s now dedicated to to publishing a variety of classics — as unlocked free ebooks (and if requested, will hunt one down and perform the conversion for you) — at the time, it was dedicated to “hot off the press” news related to eBooks, which was front and center circa 2000.
One of the more interesting …

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[17 Aug 2008 | One Comment | ]

I’d presume that most of you will have heard of Project Gutenberg, it’s the non-profit organization started by Michael S. Hart, with a mission:
“To encourage the creation and distribution of ebooks in as many formats as possible for the entire world to read in as many languages as possible.”
Only public domain books are added, and there’s a few restrictions based on re-use of a Gutenberg title, with the brand intact, although if the Gutenberg reference is removed, a reader is free to do what they will with it — fancy …

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[17 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

I’ve had a lot of questions over the past few days about how to create an ebook. A good place to start is this ebook by Adobe.
Summary:
“Creating eBooks that can be bought, downloaded, and viewed online has never been easier or more secure. In Adobe’s How to Create Adobe PDF eBooks, you’ll find the basic procedures and techniques you need to create eBooks in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). Learn how to design good document templates for eBooks, convert your documents to Adobe PDF using recommended eBook job options, and …