Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Free eBooks!

Hi all,

Once in a while, something really good comes along and you feel you just have to share it with people. That's what's going on today, I have some free eBooks to share.

Packt Publishing has recently decided to give away some of it's eBooks, free of charge. Here are at least 5 titles:

Building Online Communities with phpBB 2
Upgrading to Lotus Notes and Domino 7
Invision Power Board: A User Guide
Building Websites with e107
The PEAR Installer Manifesto

The link that told me about these give-aways is here.

Besides free eBooks, Packt is also converting their electronic books to the 'ePub' format, which promises superior display capabilities, flexibility in formatting, and a host of other benefits. There's a nice press release about it here.

I hope you find something good there.

Happy Reading!

P.S. If you don't want to follow the above link to the ePub announcement, I'll include the announcement as it reads on their site. Here it is:

by Julian Copes | July 2010 | Enterprise Articles Open Source
Packt Publishing announced today that its eBooks will be available to download from www.PacktPub.com in ePub format with immediate effect. Following feedback from customers, the fast-growing publisher made the move to provide this popular format and expects it to be well received.

ePub (short for electronic publication) is a free and open eBook standard by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). ePub allows greater flexibility with content. With an ePub-formatted book, the display of text can be optimized for the reader's device. Other ePub features include improved design and layout, Inline raster and vector images, better search functionality, while enabling DRM protection and embedded metadata.

The company’s marketing manager Damian Carvill said “Packt listens to all feedback from customers and attempts to act on it accordingly. After receiving a number of requests, we made it a priority to convert all of our existing eBooks into the ePub format. All of our future books, and we hope to publish over 20 in July, will also be available in this popular eBook format.”

Packt is inviting all customers, who have purchased an eBook, to download the ePub version of the book and enjoy its features and great flexibility. Alternatively, customers can sample the ePub format by accessing one of Packt’s free eBooks. All purchases of new eBooks from today will be made available to download as an ePub file, as well as the standard PDF.

Packt ePub formatted eBooks are available from Tuesday 20th July 2010. To access your first Packt ePub eBook, either previously purchased or one of Packt’s free eBooks, please log into www.PacktPub.com and go to My account.

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