Problems with referencing and selling ebooks
Posted: 24 April 2013 09:35 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Posted: 24 April 2013 03:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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WRT referencing:

Giving page numbers is less important for an e-book than a paper book, since if it comes to it you can quickly to a search for the quoted text.

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Posted: 25 April 2013 02:58 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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That works for quotes, but references to page numbers are not just used for quotes. I may want to refer to an argument the author makes or several paragraphs that provide information.

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Posted: 25 April 2013 07:37 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Maybe they could just give it as, for instance, “from 33% to 45%” ...

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Posted: 26 April 2013 04:18 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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A bigger problem is the poor system for displaying notes, which most e-readers have just copied from print. Flipping back and forth is far more difficult on an e-reader than with a printed book. The problem has been solved many times with excellent solutions in software and web apps used to display manuscripts. Why the designers of e-readers don’t take those solutions on board, I have no idea. (Actually I do. They’re engineers, not literary scholars and librarians.)

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Posted: 26 April 2013 04:53 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Giving page numbers is less important for an e-book than a paper book, since if it comes to it you can quickly to a search for the quoted text.

What if you only have access to a printed copy of the book?

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Posted: 26 April 2013 04:33 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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What if you only have access to a printed copy of the book?
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Okay, but what if the author refers to a page number in a paper book, and you only have access to a different version of that paper book? That’s not a new problem.

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Posted: 26 April 2013 08:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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But yeah…

Does seem that there would be any number of easy solutions that no one has bothered to implement

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Posted: 27 April 2013 07:39 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Okay, but what if the author refers to a page number in a paper book, and you only have access to a different version of that paper book? That’s not a new problem.

No, it’s not, and the solution is to specify the edition you’re citing.  And of course in this magical world we live in, if you don’t have that edition you may be able to use Google Books to find where it is in your own edition.  There are no easy or universal solutions, but ignoring paper books means not even trying.

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Posted: 28 April 2013 01:37 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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languagehat - 27 April 2013 07:39 AM

...  in this magical world we live in, if you don’t have that edition you may be able to use Google Books to find where it is in your own edition.

I am sure I am not the only person (and probably not even the only person reading this forum) to sometimes use Google Books to get the page number for something I’m looking for in a book where I actually possess a hard copy of the same edition, particularly where that book has a poor/non-existent index.

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Posted: 29 April 2013 09:10 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Right, I do that too.  Much as I rail about the many deficiencies of Google Books, it’s a tremendous help.

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