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Plucker versions of some Creative Commons License Books

Plucker is "The best offline HTML reader and ebook reader for Palm handheld devices"; it's Free Software (GNU) to boot. The Plucker Viewer for Palm handhelds can be downloaded here.

There is also a Plucker Viewer for PocketPC called Vade Mecum.

My data table tabulating downloads got dropped, and by the time I noticed the only backup to be found was from March 2007; I have taken the data from archive.org's snapshot of this site to update the data to what it was as of January 2008; unfortunately, archive.org won't show you what they've archived for less than six months ago. So in six months I'll revisit this and update the data accordingly; meanwhile I'll still collect new data.


 

Blood, Sweat, & Tea

Blood, Sweat and Tea: Real-Life Adventures in an Inner-City Ambulance by Tom Reynolds. Book site is here, author's blog is here. The book is under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 License.

I'm beginning to wonder just how useful it is for me to make Plucker versions of Creative Commons License books being how Laurens M. Fridael's Sunrise program makes it so trivial to do so. In this case I found I had to make an html version to start from though, and by the end, I had spent the better part of a day tweaking it, so I thought I might as well make it available.

I started with the doc format version available from the book's site, saved that into html, and then fixed it by hand, comparing it to the pdf version from the same source. I noticed that the doc version apparently is the manuscript version, and so there are slight differences between the doc version and the final printed version as represented by the pdf. Being as I have not yet actually read this book, I have not (yet) found (nor corrected) all these potential differences, however many there may be. At this point it seems like the differences are very trivial, but this assessment might change as I actually read the book.

I specially tweaked my html version so that it would convert nicely with Sunrise to Plucker format (both a low-resolution and higher-resolution version, for the roughly 10 illustrations contained in the text); specifically, I put <tt> tags around certain blocks of comment text that appear as grey sans-serif type in the pdf version -- inlined styles in <span> tags make the text appear as grey sans-serif for most html rendering, but the <tt> tags make the text render differently within plucker so as to differentiate it there.

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html 549 KB 50428 
pdb (plucker) 266 KB 6755 
pdb (hi-res) 643 KB 6715 

 

Freedom of Expression®

Freedom of Expression®: Overzealous Copyright Bozos and Other Enemies of Creativity by Kembrew McLeod. Book site is here, author's site is here. The book is under an Attribution- NonCommercial- ShareAlike 2.0 Creative Commons license.

I took the pdf version and converted it to html, and cleaned it up, including making sure the footnotes in the text linked to the respective note in the end.

I then took my html version and converted it to Plucker format with Sunrise (in both a low-resolution and higher-resolution version, depending on the abilities of your PDA).

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html 747 KB 147434 
pdb (plucker) 305 KB 7077 
pdb (hi-res) 357 KB 7909 

 

We The Media

This is We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People by Dan Gillmor. The website for the book is here, Dan Gillmor's blog is here. This book is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution- NonCommercial- ShareAlike 2.0 License.

I took an html version and cleaned it up some and made it so that all the footnotes would link to their respective notes. I used Laurens M. Fridael's "Sunrise" program to make the pdb Plucker versions. The Hi-Res version set the resolution for illustrations to 300 by 300 with thousands of colors, whereas the lo-res is appropriate for old school, small b&w displays (you should know who you are); in this case I don't think it should matter that much as there is at most only one illustration.

I include the html version I used to generate the pdb version, so you can roll your own.

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html 608 KB 126479
pdb (plucker) 253 KB 8719
pdb (hi-res) 259 KB 11506

 

Free Culture

Free Culture: How Big Media Uses Technology And The Law To Lock Down Culture And Control Creativity by Lawrence Lessig. Site for the book is here, Lessig's site is here. Lessig is the one who argued (unsuccessfully, alas!) the Eldred v. Ashcroft case before the US Supreme Court, the case being about the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act. This book includes a detailed account about that in chapters 13 & 14, but in general is a great primer on all the things wrong with the system today, how it got there, and what we can do about it. Lessig walks the talk and puts his money where his mouth is: the book was published under a Creative Commons License

I've taken an html version of the text and cleaned it up some and made it so that the footnotes link to their respective notes. I used Laurens M. Fridael's "Sunrise" program to make the pdb Plucker versions. The Hi-Res version set the resolution for illustrations to 300 by 300 with thousands of colors, which should make all the illustrations quite readable. Unfortunately, if you have a low-res reader (you should know who you are), you can't use the hi-res version; the lo-res version was made with a resolution of 150 by 150 and a color depth of 4, that is, 16 shades of grey. For the most part, this should render most of the illustrations useable and readable, but there might be one or two that are not quite.

For this reason I include the html version I used to generate the pdb's so you can distill your own version, if need be.

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html 688 KB 48585 
pdb (plucker) 305 KB 7968 
pdb (hi-res) 485 KB 7697