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how do the e books readers work? are the entire book scanned first? thats alot of scanning
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You buy digital versions of books online. They're no different than nicely formatted text documents (they're really HTML files). You do none of the scanning, nor do they; they take actual computerized text and simply make "pages" out of it. A scan wouldn't be searchable. Text is.

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post #3 of 6
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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

You buy digital versions of books online. They're no different than nicely formatted text documents (they're really HTML files). You do none of the scanning, nor do they; they take actual computerized text and simply make "pages" out of it. A scan wouldn't be searchable. Text is.

so in other words, they take the text based book and convert it into book format

1. how would that be done to older books that didnt have the capabilities or have been trashed

2. where do u mean computerized text? are all books going to be computerized text if not already--a bit confused on the entire process...example-lets say book xyz was published in 1980, where do they get there text from

3.
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No book lacks the "capabilities" to become an eBook. If the letters used to write the book are in Unicode, absolutely anything can be made into text regardless of its age.

They'd get it from the original text file, or barring that, the text file from a printing since. We've been using digitized printing for decades.

All you need to know as a consumer is, get an eBook reader; buy the books. If they're not available, the only reason is licensing (and greedy morons).

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There's just a TINY chance that Apple will also be able to figure out payments. Oh wait, they did already… …and you’re already f*ed.

 

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Originally Posted by Slurpy

There's just a TINY chance that Apple will also be able to figure out payments. Oh wait, they did already… …and you’re already f*ed.

 

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post #5 of 6
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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

No book lacks the "capabilities" to become an eBook. If the letters used to write the book are in Unicode, absolutely anything can be made into text regardless of its age.

They'd get it from the original text file, or barring that, the text file from a printing since. We've been using digitized printing for decades.

All you need to know as a consumer is, get an eBook reader; buy the books. If they're not available, the only reason is licensing (and greedy morons).



so in other words all books are ebooks? or can easily be formatted taking say the proof text, how about pagination, where when printed the pages dont print in order during a press run

do u pay the same price for an ebook as a hard copy

thank u
post #6 of 6
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Originally Posted by lewielew View Post

so in other words all books are ebooks?

Yep.

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how about pagination, where when printed the pages dont print in order during a press run

Doesnt' really matter. eReaders (like iOS devices, the Kindle, et. al.) all have different formatting and different settings the user can set. There's no such thing as a page anymore when a page can have 500 or 20 words.

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do u pay the same price for an ebook as a hard copy

Never. Idiotically, the eBooks are sometimes more, sometimes less.

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There's just a TINY chance that Apple will also be able to figure out payments. Oh wait, they did already… …and you’re already f*ed.

 

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