About Digital Formats


eBook Reader  

The Principles behind the Choice for Digital Formats

I am committed to provide my readers free access to my writings in digital form. I endorse the Reader's Bill of Rights, which states that every user has the following rights:

  1. Ability to retain, archive and transfer purchased materials
  2. Ability to create a paper copy of the item in its entirety
  3. Digital Books should be in an open format (e.g. you could read on a computer, not just a device)
  4. Choice of hardware to access books (e.g. in 3 years when your device has broken, you can still read your book on other hardware)
  5. Reader information will remain private (what, when and how we read will not be stored, sold or marketed)

(This Bill of Rights has been published by ReadersBillofRights.info under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License 3.0 Unported).

In the same spirit, I also subscribe the eBook Users' Bill of Rights.  Each eBook user should have the following rights:

  • the right to use eBooks under guidelines that favor access over proprietary limitations
  • the right to access eBooks on any technological platform, including the hardware and software the user chooses
  • the right to annotate, quote passages, print, and share eBook content within the spirit of fair use and copyright
  • the right of the first-sale doctrine extended to digital content, allowing the eBook owner the right to retain, archive, share, and re-sell purchased eBooks


Available Digital Formats in This Website

 All the formats used to distribute my eBooks are free and open standards.  The eBook versions of Creative Heart are released under a license which complies with the requirements of both the definitions of Free Cultural Works and Open Knowledge, you may use it as you will for commercial or non commercial purposes, provided that you follow the terms of the license.

  For ethical reasons, I do not and will not provide versions of Creative Heart in proprietary formats, which include, but are not limited to:  Amazon Kindle (AZW), Mobipocket (MOBI), and Microsoft's LIT (LIT).  Even though I refuse to use these proprietary formats, the ones I provide in this website can be read by most eBook Readers, including Amazon's Kindle, the Nook, Sony, Kobo, Aluratek, and others.

I do not promote the use of proprietary software, this is, programs which restrict the user's freedom to copy, study, or modify them. In this page, I provide you a list of free programs you can use to read the eBook formats I provide.



To Read and Modify Open Document Format (ODF) Files

Open Document Format

To read or modify an Open Document Format (ODF) file, download LibreOffice, which is available for all operative systems.


Other free programs which can be used to read or modify ODF are KOffice and Abiword.  LibreOffice, though, is still the best option to read and alter ODF.

Although OpenOffice.org is now under the Apache Foundation, the corporate strategy assumed by it, and with Oracle and IBM, has the effect of dividing the efforts of the free and open source communities in creating a fully free office suite.  Also, the relicensing of its code under the Apache License has the effect of excluding much of the code and does not guarantee that it will remain fully free.  For now, I'll limit myself to recommend LibreOffice.


To Read Web Version of my Books


To read the web version of my books, you need a web browser, nothing else.  Usually people use Internet Explorer if they have Windows, or Safari if they have a Mac, or may have Opera.  Also Google has released Chrome, which is built on top of the free/open source version Chromium.   I invite you to use these free/open-source browsers.

Google's Android
Camino Browser
Google's Android



To Read PDF Files


To view documents in Portable Document Format (PDF), you can use the following programs:

Microsoft Windows Users:  SumatraPDF

MacOS Users:  Skim

GNU/Linux Users and Others:  Evince, Okular

Google's Android:  EbookDroid (Look for It in Android Market)

Get a PDF Reader, Freedom Included




To Read DjVu Files


To view documents in DjVu format, you will need to download one of the following programs depending on your operative system:

Microsoft Windows Users:  WinDjView or DjView4

MacOS Users:  MacDjView or DjView4

GNU/Linux Users and Others:  DjVuLibre, DjView4, Evince, Okular

Google's Android:  EbookDroid (Look for It in Android Market)