I’ve been pestering the brick and mortar book stores around town, asking for Shel Israel’s and Robert Scoble’s book, Naked Conversations — I’m not a patient man and I don’t want to wait until the 26th for my pre-ordered Amazon copy to arrive. Today, I stopped at the Barnes and Noble in Redwood City, CA and found out they had several copies waiting to be displayed. Snagged one.
If you are also looking for a copy tonight or tomorrow, head over there.
I’m looking forward to really digging in. One really nice ‘feature’ of this book is the online appendix – a clickable list of sites that were mentioned in the book, organized by chapter. Does anyone have an xml reading list for it?
[FYI, I started reading it as a digital e-book(pdf drm) on my Palm TX. It was slow going because the official Adobe Reader for Palm takes a few seconds to go back a page and it won’t do wide-screen mode – 2 issues that really hamper comfortable reading. There is a freeware PalmOS PDF reader-PalmPDF- which is vastly superior to the official app, but it can’t open DRM files.]
OK, so my digital download at Amazon finally went through. Then, I had to figure out how to get the pdf processed, my palm ‘authorized’, and how to get the file transferred during hotsync. This was not user friendly. I almost gave up before I figured out how the process is supposed to work.
Here’s how it works:
- Download and install Adobe Reader 7.0.5 (you must use the latest version of Reader)
- Download and install Adobe Reader for PalmOS (or Pocket PC or whatever)
- Start Adobe Reader for PalmOS and choose to authorize your PDA – a hotsync will be required.
- Download your PDF.
- Run Adobe Reader 7.0.5(it should open automatically during the download).
- Reader 7 will unlock the document for your computer.
- In Reader 7, choose send to mobile device.
- Reader for PalmOS will start and will install the document on your PDA.
Now, if only the PalmOS version of Reader would use the full screen 480 x 320 screen, not just 320 x 320. Ugh.
I purchased an ebook last night(pdf) from Amazon. Here I am 24 hours later and the ebook is still not ready for download. My order info says “Open Order — Being Processed”. I used their click-to-call help service twice today to find out why I should have to wait ANY amount of time for a digital download. So far, no luck.
Someone(maybe me) should make a tool that converts plaintext ebooks to a series of QVGA images. The text should be rendered with cleartype.
Scrolling text in the notes section of the iPod video gives me a headache. I’d rather flip pages.