I wholeheartedly agree with Jason and Chris. I would very much appreciate a
PDF version that could be easily printed, or read with Adobe's Reader. I hope
there is no hesitation over making a PDF version available because of fear it
will cut into sales of the bound volume. I think it would be just the opposite.
I can easily think of examples (the original Tcl/Tk book comes first to mind)
where the printed copy closed the sale of the bound volume for me.
I'll be purchasing multiple copies of the Zope book for my shop regardless.
(I tried to no avail to do a pre-order from OReilly's set yesterday :) Getting
a chance to proof an early version and perhaps contribute to making it better
only increases my desire to purchase the eventual publication.
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> "Jason Cunliffe" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: Chris Withers <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> > > Kinda tough to check out/read/find mistakes in a book that's only
> > > available as a set of html pages that aren't full text searchable....
> > > > This is a really good point.
> > Just as open source benefits from real-time peer review, so do manuscripts
> > get better when fresh eyes and minds and go over them.
> > How about 'releasing' a PDF / HTML Doc with header/footers clearly marked:
> > 'Preview Review copy for Copy-Editing use only. Not for general public or
> > commercial distribution'
> I like this suggestion. There are three of us (ranging from novice to
> pretty experienced) here that were planning to print out copies of PDF
> and go over them at home, none of us has the time to sit at work and
> read/review the whole thing on a web browser.
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