It depends on whether you plan to read the technical book front to
cover in one go or use it as a reference. E-book readers are not very
good for the latter, because it's painful to quickly "thumb through"
the pages of the book to find something. There's no match for a paper
book for that.
Carlos de la Guardia
On Sat, Feb 13, 2010 at 2:36 AM, Chris McDonough <chr...@plope.com> wrote:
> On 2/12/10 2:50 PM, Iain Duncan wrote:
>> Hey, that's great news about the book.
>> Do you know if it will be
>> available as an e-book at all? Not sure how long that publisher would
>> take to get things out of country and all. It is also quite expensive,
>> but having formerly worked in the book industry I understand the many
>> factors influencing price there... ;-)
> Offering a PDF will be super easy; the book typesetting was done to PDF.
> Making a PDF available for download that is optimized for online reading is
> something I'll do after PyCon is over the week after next. At this point, the
> printed book will hopefully have broken even cost-wise.
> If you'd rather get a PDF rendering more quickly, you just need to 1) install
> this version of sphinx: http://bitbucket.org/chrism/sphinx/ 2) install LaTeX
> type the magic commands to generate a PDF from the docs source files: "make
> latex && cd .build/latex && make all") and out will pop a PDF.
> On the other hand, it will require a good amount of typsetting effort to make
> the book easy to read on an ereader like Kindle or Nook or an iPhone. To make
> it available for Nook/iPhone, I'd need to publish it in "epub" format. There
> is a Sphinx writer for the epub format, but its output against the current
> source is truly miserable. I worry a little that offering it as-is would give
> the wrong image of the content: I'd want it to be typeset better before even
> offering it for free. There is no Sphinx Kindle writer, but there are
> utilities to convert epub to Kindle format.
> I'm curious if anyone actually uses an ereader like Kindle/Nook or an epub
> reader on their iPhone like Stanza to regularly read technical publications?
> It looks like reading anything except a novel on one would be an excruciating
> exercise, at least in an emulator on my screen.
> Chris McDonough
> Agendaless Consulting, Fredericksburg VA
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