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Re: Microsoft Reader... argh!

On Sun, Jul 08, 2001 at 10:26:34AM -0500, Andrew Perrin wrote:
> Greetings folks-

Hello Andy,

Just read your mail below. IMHO the Microsoft Reader format has been licensed from Adobe and is thus very likely to be read-able by Acrobat Reader or any of it's clones. Since they're talking about Reader this format is probably an 'embraced' version of Adobe's electronic-book format. I suppose there is such a reader for Linux as well by now.

Also, IF it's in some proprietary format you might simply convert it on A windows-box into PDF wich will allow you to use it no matter what.

Anyway, keep us posted of any developments.



> I'd like to assign a book for a class this fall that is published only in
> hardcover and in something called "Microsoft Reader" format. The MS
> Reader format is about 1/2 the price, which matters (I don't like to make
> students pay more than necessary, particularly at a public
> school.).  According to Amazon, the MS Reader is available only for
> Windows. Does anyone else know about this gizmo, what the format is,
> etc? I'm not willing to let Microsoft have a monopoly on my class, so if
> in fact it's Windows-only I'll either not assign the book (and let the
> publisher know!) or make them go with the expensive hardback.
> Thanks for any advice-
> Andy Perrin
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