In an impressive move, the National Academies Press (NAP) has opened the door for making its content truly ubiquitous. It has made all PDF versions of its books freely available for download from its website. This announcement affects both the NAP’s existing catalog of more than 4,000 PDF eBooks and future reports.Read More »
The Espresso Book Machine was named by Time Magazine as ‘Invention of the Year’ but its creators have been slow to perfect and implement. Version 2.0, however, is now being rolled out in bookstores worldwide. The machine can be used to access hard to find titles not usually stocked by small bookstores — or you can bring along PDF files and make your own.Read More »
According to Jolie O’Dell’s post at Mashable.com, it is now possible to build and order custom (PDF or hard copy) books from Wikipedia. As O’Dell notes, ‘Because of the way Wikipedia’s images and copy are licensed, they’re free for anyone to access, use and share in this way.’Read More »
PDF ebooks offer a convenient and inexpensive way for publishers to make out-of-print titles available to interested readers. In that vein, Martingdale & Company has recently now sells a range of out-of-print craft books as PDF-based ebooks.Read More »
As reported on BoingBoing, publishing company Pyr has released Sean Williams’ novel, The Crooked Letter, as a free PDF download.Read More »
If you haven’t heard yet, Google has just announced that a bunch of the books it has been scanning for its Google Books Library Program are now available for free download as PDFs. There’s no doubt Google needs to be applauded for the idea, but the execution (i.e. the books they’ve produced) could definitely do with some work. The PDF books are difficult to download, large in size, of such low resolution they’re difficult to read, cannot be searched, and do not allow the user to copy text from them. It’s left me wondering what Google expects people to do with the books.Read More »
We’ve named our final five winners of our Ted Padova/Donna Baker book competition.
These winners will receive a copy of the Adobe Acrobat 7 Tips & Tricks, by Donna Baker. This ends our month long book competition but stay tuned to Planet PDF for more competitions, coming soon.
This week in PDF sees Planet PDF announce the winners of its book promotion and the release of a new piece of PDF redaction software. If that weren’t enough, this week has also seen some significant developments in the Microsoft-Adobe brouhaha as Adobe finally speaks out in a formal statement.Read More »
Enter our promotional contest in collaboration with Peachpit Press for a chance to win one of eight free copies of the ‘Adobe Acrobat 7 PDF Bible’ book by Ted Padova. The winners will be selected by a judging panel of independent experts in just a few short weeks, so don’t miss out!Read More »
We’ve named the first four (of eight eventual) randomly selected winners in our current contest promoting the ‘Adobe Reader 7 Revealed’ book by Ted Padova, published by Peachpit Press. You can download a chapter excerpt from the book, and/or purchase the book online at a special discounted price.Read More »