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Alas, I do not think 3 days will give me enough time to navigate the flash version of Heidegger and the Romantics: The Literary Invention of Meaning, but I'm willing to give it the old college try.
posted by dejah420 at 6:12 PM on June 27 [6 favorites]


I buy a lot of books in both physical and electronic format. I also pirate a lot of ebooks, mainly to get a deeper look into expensive textbooks before I decide to buy.

No one wants to read your "free" ebooks from within a Flash jail.
posted by b1tr0t at 6:14 PM on June 27 [14 favorites]


Did they scan these with a fax machine? Well, still better than bad OCR I guess.
posted by Standard Orange at 7:36 PM on June 27 [1 favorite]


Palgrave MacMillan's promotion tricked me into downloading a terribly written treatise on economics, and worse, tricked me into trying to read it.

It was a 150 page ramble that I could summarize in a single paragraph: market economic systems respond to demand signals by addressing human wants in the same order you see in Maszlow's hierarchy of needs. So the emergence of a service sector indicates the economy is far along that hierarchy, and therefore nothing to be worried about.

Hours of my life I won't get back.

Caveat emptor. Caveat lictor.

And publishers: I truly am happy for you making lots more profits by not having to conduct large print runs, pulp what doesn't sell, and spend hours on the clock evaluating what books are worthy of step 1. Please divert some of your savings towards hiring more editors for the ebooks you're churning out. Pretty please. Every time you pay an editor to edit, God spares a kitten.
posted by ocschwar at 8:21 PM on June 27 [4 favorites]


Sorry to the OP, but this format is pretty awful, and verging on the unreadable. I tried for about five minutes before giving up in frustration, as the text is like a photocopy of a photocopy. My eyes can no longer cope with that, and my brain started making noises about things-free-but-worthless...
posted by pjm at 10:15 PM on June 27 [1 favorite]


Yeah, I had to give up too. Even on a big ol monitor I couldn't make the text clear and easy to read.
posted by dejah420 at 12:02 AM on June 28


I was very excited for a moment here and now I guess I'll have to read a book from one of the piles and stacks of books in my apartment.
posted by bile and syntax at 6:11 AM on June 28 [1 favorite]


This is how you do free e-books.
posted by languagehat at 8:19 AM on June 28 [7 favorites]


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