[IAEP] eBook reading advice

Jim Simmons nicestep at gmail.com
Sun Aug 9 09:15:02 EDT 2009


The plain text version on the website will not work with Read Etexts,
because that Activity is designed to work with Gutenberg etexts which
don't require word-wrapping.  However it is possible that the
Gutenberg site itself will have a version in the correct format,
because I believe they have "Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom" as a
PG file.

The latest posted Read Etexts has annotations, which is a worthwhile
feature, but it also breaks copying to the clipboard.  I have since
fixed that and will post an update soon, maybe later today.

The Baen Free Library has books in RTF format, which *might* work with
the Write Activity.  I think the Write Activity can export PDFs too.
If true, that gives you a way to read fairly current science fiction
books in Sugar.  If I can get this to work I'll make a movie of it.

Project Gutenberg has a surprising amount of classic science fiction
on it.  Look for titles by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Stanley Weinbaum,
Edward E Smith, Raymond Cummings, John W Campbell, Jules Verne, H.G.
Wells, Olaf Stapledon, Leigh Brackett, and probably others as well.

As far as the Cory's website goes, the PDF is the only game in town.

James Simmons

> Date: Sat, 8 Aug 2009 16:26:34 -0400
> From: Caroline Meeks <caroline at solutiongrove.com>
> Subject: [IAEP] eBook reading advice
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> I know there have been advances in eBook reading in the last few months.
> I am preparing a master USB to copy for a presentation at World Con.
> I will be doing a panel with Cory Doctrow who wrote and has realeased CC the
> book Little Brother. Its up for a Hugo this year and I recommend it to
> anyone who likes young adult SciFi that promotes open source.
> I'd like to put a copy of the book on the sticks I will be burning.
> http://craphound.com/littlebrother/download/
> Its available in a wide variety of formats. Which one will work best in
> Sugar?
> My master stick currently has
> Read 67
> Read eText 12
> Should I upgrade?  Which one should I use?
> Any other very applicable childrens books I should download while I am at
> it?
> Thanks!
> Caroline

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