Say, Mr. Prestwood: why does a Paradox book have to be a _book? 
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 Say, Mr. Prestwood: why does a Paradox book have to be a _book?

Methinks that there ought to be a much stronger market for computer
books like Mr. Prestwood's .. if only they weren't paper anymore.

Paper books cost a lot to publish and if they don't sell well (or get
subsidized by the publisher), they cease to be available.

And you know what ... in this world of electronics and CD-ROMs and high
speed internet and (who knows?) electronic subscription-only book sites?
... we ought to be able to do better than paper.

We're not printing manuals on paper anymore...  I've got a collection of
five great books on Perl on one CD in HTML form ... hmm...

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Mon, 07 Jun 2004 08:33:23 GMT
 Say, Mr. Prestwood: why does a Paradox book have to be a _book?

I prefer real books on paper - I just can't get comfortable on the toilet
with a PC, even if it's a laptop! Actually, if I'm researching a
difficult programming task, I find that it's helpful to get away from the
computer and page through a reference book to find the solution. And I
like being able to scan through a real index on paper since I usually
come across other interesting topics. I just can't seem to do that in a
Help or HTML form.

A couple of years ago,there was a bunch of interest in "print on demand"
systems, where the publisher has a high speed printer and a binding
machine. The publisher doesn't have any money tied up in inventory of
printed books. When the publisher gets an order for the book, he just
prints and binds one, then ships it.I'd like to see this really take off
for "low demand" books.



Quote:
> Methinks that there ought to be a much stronger market for computer
> books like Mr. Prestwood's .. if only they weren't paper anymore.

> Paper books cost a lot to publish and if they don't sell well (or get
> subsidized by the publisher), they cease to be available.

> And you know what ... in this world of electronics and CD-ROMs and high
> speed internet and (who knows?) electronic subscription-only book
sites?
> ... we ought to be able to do better than paper.

> We're not printing manuals on paper anymore...  I've got a collection
of
> five great books on Perl on one CD in HTML form ... hmm...

> ----------------------------------------------------------------
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>> Fast(!), automatic table-repair with two clicks of the mouse!
>> ChimneySweep(R):  Release 4.0 is here!!
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Tue, 08 Jun 2004 09:38:07 GMT
 Say, Mr. Prestwood: why does a Paradox book have to be a _book?

Quote:
>I prefer real books on paper - I just can't get comfortable on the toilet
>with a PC, even if it's a laptop! Actually, if I'm researching a
>difficult programming task, I find that it's helpful to get away from the
>computer and page through a reference book to find the solution. And I
>like being able to scan through a real index on paper since I usually
>come across other interesting topics. I just can't seem to do that in a
>Help or HTML form.

>A couple of years ago,there was a bunch of interest in "print on demand"
>systems, where the publisher has a high speed printer and a binding
>machine. The publisher doesn't have any money tied up in inventory of
>printed books. When the publisher gets an order for the book, he just
>prints and binds one, then ships it.I'd like to see this really take off
>for "low demand" books.

I actully paticipated as a member of the SVPUG in a group meeting at
Borland on documentation. I took the stand that paper books are a good
thing. You can lay them down. Dogear or postit your favorit sections,
even have a bunch open at the same time.
I to do a lot of reading in the porcelin fixtured reading room.
I also argued against making a single book as thick as Mike Books
have gotten <g>.

Steve U

Quote:



>> Methinks that there ought to be a much stronger market for computer
>> books like Mr. Prestwood's .. if only they weren't paper anymore.

>> Paper books cost a lot to publish and if they don't sell well (or get
>> subsidized by the publisher), they cease to be available.

>> And you know what ... in this world of electronics and CD-ROMs and high
>> speed internet and (who knows?) electronic subscription-only book
>sites?
>> ... we ought to be able to do better than paper.

>> We're not printing manuals on paper anymore...  I've got a collection
>of
>> five great books on Perl on one CD in HTML form ... hmm...

>> ----------------------------------------------------------------
>> Sundial Services :: Scottsdale, AZ (USA) :: (480) 946-8259

>>> Fast(!), automatic table-repair with two clicks of the mouse!
>>> ChimneySweep(R):  Release 4.0 is here!!
>>> http://www.sundialservices.com/products/chimneysweep

,        _
,       | \                           MKA: Steve Urbach
,       |  )erek

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Tue, 08 Jun 2004 11:18:40 GMT
 Say, Mr. Prestwood: why does a Paradox book have to be a _book?
Let the techno-gurus say what they will, you just can't replace printed
books.  And there's nothing like a good book.  Especially in the . . .
reading room.  Screens are not portable, don't fold out, and are normally
limited to 12" x 10" -- and that's before you take out more screen for the
taskbar, menus, etc.  What Windows really needs is "book mode" where you can
show either single or double page on the entire screen.  That, a touch
screen, and some e-Post-Its and you get closer to a book.  The only thing
preferable in e-format is a language reference or code segments.  Next we
need the old e-bookshelf sitting handy on the desktop.  I can grab books off
the shelf quite handily.  How are you going to e-replicate the behavior when
my reference books open to the sections I frequent?  I guess someone is
going to have to program binding stress and wear into their e-books so they
fall open to that page . . . usually.  This sounds like a project for those
hotkey control array zealots.  ;^D
--
Joseph Misko


Quote:

> >I prefer real books on paper - I just can't get comfortable on the toilet
> >with a PC, even if it's a laptop! Actually, if I'm researching a
> >difficult programming task, I find that it's helpful to get away from the
> >computer and page through a reference book to find the solution. And I
> >like being able to scan through a real index on paper since I usually
> >come across other interesting topics. I just can't seem to do that in a
> >Help or HTML form.

> >A couple of years ago,there was a bunch of interest in "print on demand"
> >systems, where the publisher has a high speed printer and a binding
> >machine. The publisher doesn't have any money tied up in inventory of
> >printed books. When the publisher gets an order for the book, he just
> >prints and binds one, then ships it.I'd like to see this really take off
> >for "low demand" books.

> I actully paticipated as a member of the SVPUG in a group meeting at
> Borland on documentation. I took the stand that paper books are a good
> thing. You can lay them down. Dogear or postit your favorit sections,
> even have a bunch open at the same time.
> I to do a lot of reading in the porcelin fixtured reading room.
> I also argued against making a single book as thick as Mike Books
> have gotten <g>.

> Steve U



> >> Methinks that there ought to be a much stronger market for computer
> >> books like Mr. Prestwood's .. if only they weren't paper anymore.

> >> Paper books cost a lot to publish and if they don't sell well (or get
> >> subsidized by the publisher), they cease to be available.

> >> And you know what ... in this world of electronics and CD-ROMs and high
> >> speed internet and (who knows?) electronic subscription-only book
> >sites?
> >> ... we ought to be able to do better than paper.

> >> We're not printing manuals on paper anymore...  I've got a collection
> >of
> >> five great books on Perl on one CD in HTML form ... hmm...

> >> ----------------------------------------------------------------
> >> Sundial Services :: Scottsdale, AZ (USA) :: (480) 946-8259

> >>> Fast(!), automatic table-repair with two clicks of the mouse!
> >>> ChimneySweep(R):  Release 4.0 is here!!
> >>> http://www.sundialservices.com/products/chimneysweep

> ,        _
> ,       | \                           MKA: Steve Urbach
> ,       |  )erek

> ,  / / /



Tue, 08 Jun 2004 15:48:19 GMT
 Say, Mr. Prestwood: why does a Paradox book have to be a _book?
I a bit of a bibliophile myself.  I find a book a lot easier on the
eyes than extensive reading on the screen.  But something's got to be
done about the prices of "low-demand" books.   Myers' 171 page Art of
Software Testing costs $140. !!

Ken

On Fri, 21 Dec 2001 07:48:19 GMT, "Joseph Misko"

Quote:

>Let the techno-gurus say what they will, you just can't replace printed
>books.  And there's nothing like a good book.  Especially in the . . .
>reading room.  Screens are not portable, don't fold out, and are normally
>limited to 12" x 10" -- and that's before you take out more screen for the
>taskbar, menus, etc.  What Windows really needs is "book mode" where you can
>show either single or double page on the entire screen.  That, a touch
>screen, and some e-Post-Its and you get closer to a book.  The only thing
>preferable in e-format is a language reference or code segments.  Next we
>need the old e-bookshelf sitting handy on the desktop.  I can grab books off
>the shelf quite handily.  How are you going to e-replicate the behavior when
>my reference books open to the sections I frequent?  I guess someone is
>going to have to program binding stress and wear into their e-books so they
>fall open to that page . . . usually.  This sounds like a project for those
>hotkey control array zealots.  ;^D
>--
>Joseph Misko




>> >I prefer real books on paper - I just can't get comfortable on the toilet
>> >with a PC, even if it's a laptop! Actually, if I'm researching a
>> >difficult programming task, I find that it's helpful to get away from the
>> >computer and page through a reference book to find the solution. And I
>> >like being able to scan through a real index on paper since I usually
>> >come across other interesting topics. I just can't seem to do that in a
>> >Help or HTML form.

>> >A couple of years ago,there was a bunch of interest in "print on demand"
>> >systems, where the publisher has a high speed printer and a binding
>> >machine. The publisher doesn't have any money tied up in inventory of
>> >printed books. When the publisher gets an order for the book, he just
>> >prints and binds one, then ships it.I'd like to see this really take off
>> >for "low demand" books.

>> I actully paticipated as a member of the SVPUG in a group meeting at
>> Borland on documentation. I took the stand that paper books are a good
>> thing. You can lay them down. Dogear or postit your favorit sections,
>> even have a bunch open at the same time.
>> I to do a lot of reading in the porcelin fixtured reading room.
>> I also argued against making a single book as thick as Mike Books
>> have gotten <g>.

>> Steve U



>> >> Methinks that there ought to be a much stronger market for computer
>> >> books like Mr. Prestwood's .. if only they weren't paper anymore.

>> >> Paper books cost a lot to publish and if they don't sell well (or get
>> >> subsidized by the publisher), they cease to be available.

>> >> And you know what ... in this world of electronics and CD-ROMs and high
>> >> speed internet and (who knows?) electronic subscription-only book
>> >sites?
>> >> ... we ought to be able to do better than paper.

>> >> We're not printing manuals on paper anymore...  I've got a collection
>> >of
>> >> five great books on Perl on one CD in HTML form ... hmm...

>> >> ----------------------------------------------------------------
>> >> Sundial Services :: Scottsdale, AZ (USA) :: (480) 946-8259

>> >>> Fast(!), automatic table-repair with two clicks of the mouse!
>> >>> ChimneySweep(R):  Release 4.0 is here!!
>> >>> http://www.sundialservices.com/products/chimneysweep

>> ,        _
>> ,       | \                           MKA: Steve Urbach
>> ,       |  )erek

>> ,  / / /



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