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Coupla goodies for e-readies

As of today (last Thursday), the National Academy of Science has decided to offer all of its titles in .pdf format for free. That’s all 4,000 currently published titles, and anything new coming down the pike. Their business model is Pay for Paper, E is Free. I just made that up. Catchy, innit?

Press release here, hat tip What’s Up With That, and all the wunnerful, wunnerful freebies here.

Oh, and thanks to my Kindle, I’ve gotten back into long-form journalism, so this was an especially lucky find: Longreads.com. Dedicated to collecting, sifting through and recommending the best in long-form journalism.

To read these puppies, here’s what I do: call up the article, switch it to printer version (if available), print to .pdf (I recommend the free version of CutePDF Writer), save the result in my documents folder, leave it on sort by date and manually move any new files my Kindle whenever I synch.

To read a .pdf on Kindle, it helps to switch to landscape view.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 5, 2011, 5:33 pm

Oh, dear. As dreadful wedding stories go, this is pretty good.

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: June 5, 2011, 6:48 pm

Heh. Just heh…

Comment from Nina
Time: June 5, 2011, 7:08 pm

Yeah, saw this on WUWT yesterday, and while it’s awesome, if it’s a pain to get on my iPhone I probably won’t bother. It’s all about the lazy.

I’m in salinas at my daughter’s getting ready for a wedding I really do not want to attend. Woe.

Comment from James the lesser
Time: June 5, 2011, 9:32 pm

“Gender Differences at Critical Transitions in the Careers of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Faculty” is available for free now? Be still, my beating heart…

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 5, 2011, 10:33 pm

Heh. Yeah. There are quite a few titles they’d have to pay me to read. There are a few good ones, though.

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: June 5, 2011, 11:29 pm

Actually, the one James the lesser called out should be fairly interesting EITHER way. If it’s honest, it will bring loud and incessant caterwauling from the usual parties. If it’s Politically Correct, it should provide quite a large dose of (unintentional) humor…

Comment from James the lesser
Time: June 6, 2011, 2:29 am

I work at UW Madison. We went through a review last year to ascertain why women were under-represented in physics. As a non-professor I was not required to attend the self-criticism sessions, but I gather from the tone of some of the posters advertising new programs that we were found not to have a precisely equal gender mix–better than most but not quite good enough. No doubt the book has a place in the department office now.

Comment from James the lesser
Time: June 6, 2011, 3:05 am

To be fair to the NAP, “Unknown Quantity” by Derbyshire is a fun book.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 6, 2011, 11:43 am

I used to work in the art department of a research and engineering company, James. You can imagine how lopsided THAT was. One year, the annual report (which I designed) was supposed to feature pictures of employees. The mandate came from a female HR exec, so we knew going out we were going to have to scare up some women.

We managed it by showing women in editorial, HR and support staff. We got called on the carpet anyway, because those are traditional women’s jobs. Not good enough, I guess.

We had ONE female field engineer…what were we supposed to do? Make employees up?

We had so few persons of color, they eventually asked us to stop putting them in promotional materials. We were interfering with their jobs.

Comment from unkawill
Time: June 7, 2011, 8:51 am

Thanks for the resources Wease

Comment from Oldcat
Time: June 7, 2011, 5:00 pm

Weasel –

You should have asked for them to hire a few people just to act as stunt engineers. With a good makeup crew, two or three would do for all the departments.

You could even photoshop them into crowds of employees.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 7, 2011, 6:12 pm

I’m almost certainly the first person to Photoshop a white person into a black person in a desperate effort to make a corporate project more diverse. (I say the first, because I did this with a different image editing package a couple of years before Photoshop existed).

Management saw what I’d done and FREAKED. They couldn’t put their finger on what was so dangerous about it, but they were sure it was a hanging offense.

Comment from Oldcat
Time: June 7, 2011, 6:34 pm

I’m sure it would have been ok if you’d had them singing “Old Man River”

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: June 7, 2011, 8:23 pm

No, Oldcat, they woulda hadda been singin’ “We shall overcome!”

Comment from EW1(SG)
Time: June 14, 2011, 11:05 pm

I haven’t been real happy with trying to read pdf format files on my Kindle, so I don’t. Unless they gots lots of illustrations that I have to magnify the part that I wanna see anyway.

So, what I does is feeds ’em into the snout of Kovid Goyal’s calibre ebook squirter outer and elex book bag, and read ’em as Amazon style books. (Called “mobi” summfinks.)

Besides, with a name like “Kovid Goyal,” I just wanna do my part to help make him famous.

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