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When I was writing Win At Sudoku, I always imagined paging through a paperback, or maybe a puzzle-book format ‘magazine’, but as publication date approached, the siren call of the e-reader started to sing louder…
And so we ended up launching our publishing venture in mobi and ePub formats to accommodate this fast-growing medium. I might add that this was no easy option for us as the book was way more technical, with lots more illustrations, than your average e-book. The formatting requirements for the e-book text also nearly drove us into an early and shallow grave!
And we must say that we received an enthusiastic response from the majority of e-reader fans.
We did, however, hedge our bets right from the start, by offering (exclusive to our website, www.winatsudoku.com) a pdf format. Perhaps we should have called it a ‘printable’ format, as it seems that many people do not understand that pdf’s are just that: print-ready.
You do need a (f-r-e-e) copy of Adobe Reader to open a pdf file, but then all you need to do is hit the print button and voila! You can page happily back and forth. Of course you could take it to a print shop if you do not have a printer. Please consider double-sided printing to save trees!
We recommend storing your print copy in a ring binder so that you can take a page out for reference whilst you continue reading with the illustration to hand. Especially useful when doing the Worked Examples.
Whilst on the subject of print, we have investigated Print-On-Demand but have come to the conclusion that, considering that we already have a printable version that you can download instantly, we don’t really see the point. You would still have the same irritations (i.e. paging back and forth) as with the e-reader version…
Not to mention that by the time ‘everybody else’ has taken their slice of the money pie, all that is left for us is a couple of crumbs!
So we feel that we have all the bases covered and that you, dear reader, have the choice of format that you need.
Are we right? Or are we wrong? Please take a minute to let us know by leaving a comment!