To Read my eBooks ...
The Reader's Bill of Rights
As an author, I fully endorse the Reader's Bill of Rights, especially regarding eBooks. Here are your rights:
- Ability to retain, archive and transfer purchased materials
- Ability to create a paper copy of the item in its entirety
- Digital Books should be in an open format (e.g. you could read on a computer, not just a device)
- 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)
- 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).
The eBook User's Bill of Rights
The eBook User's Bill of Rights is fully compatible with the Reader's Bill of Rights, and its full text is in the public domain. You can access the original text here. 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
The eBook Formats I Provide and Programs You Can Use to Read Them
All the formats used to distribute my eBooks are free and open standards. Depending on the license, you are free to change the content or not. For those books that have commercial value and express my points of view, the license restricts you from selling or modifying their content without talking to me first. However, if the eBook is in the public domain, or if it is released under a license which fulfills 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 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 Web Version of my Books
To read the web version of my books, you need any 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.
To Read PDF Files
Microsoft Windows Users: SumatraPDF
MacOS Users: Skim
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:
To Read and Modify Open Document Format (ODF) Files
Due to the corporate hostility Oracle has shown to both the free software and the open source communities, I will no longer recommend the use of Oracle's OpenOffice.org.
No DRM (Digital Restriction Managements)
I made a pledge not to distribute my eBooks with Digital Restrictions Managements (DRM). This means that any eBook you get from me can be reproduced as many times as you wish, and may be modified to other formats.