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October 02, 2006


I personally don't like the idea of putting in a password every time, simply because I know at some point I will lose or forget it. In the end, you're probably going to have to depend on the honor system. I know people that have lots of books in PDF format that they never purchased, if you know what I mean (shame on them, but it happens).

This may not be appropriate for your blog but I came across a site called lulu.com. It helps you self-publish your book.


Lulu doesn't provide any apparent security. And I've been getting feedback from other sources that the passwords can be easily stripped out, and are annoying. Sigh....they're so easy to put in! (Esp in 2.04 OOo coming soon...)

Thanks y'all,


I purchased a Google Maps ebook and they didn't have any security. What they did do is put "Prepared for Dan Moore" at the bottom of every page. I don't know how you feel about that, but having to enter a password every time I opened the ebook would discourage my purchase.

Have you looked into http://safari.oreilly.com/ ?

Apparently Prentice Hall does offer some of their books on that site. I personally have not tried it, but maybe that's an option?

And hey -- good article in the new issue of Free Software Maagazine ...


When I bought "Programming Ruby, 2nd Edition" from Pragmatic Programmers in paper, they offered me to buy the same book in pdf as well, for easy reference and search on the go, for only USD 10. Just as Dan Moore tells Google had done, they had marked each page "Prepared exclusively for Mats Bergman", which I think is kind of neat and unobtrusive - and totally discouraging any distribution in violence of the copyright.

Perhaps, Solveig, you could hear with them how this was technically implemented?

PS Have you considered the open source solution? My impression is that people like Mark Pilgrim, author of Dive Into Python and books on accessibility among other things, has had tremendous success, in terms of brain share and recognition, going this route. DS

"... amazing NPR, we get it all except Selected Shorts."


It lists public radio programs from all over the world that have public web streams.It also lists the program web site so you can get daily program details, etc..

Also lists podcasts where available and satellite channels for US XM and Sirius.

It's free, but has a donation link and an Amazon link for those who can.

There's a lot of ways to view the info. Try this for a weekly list of Selected Shorts web casts (set your time zone in upper left corner of page to get correct schedule times). If one of the listed times is "now" it will be bolded.



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