I previous blogged about Prof Jonathan Zittrain's very interesting and witty talk at the launch of his book "The Future of the Internet - And How to Stop It", which is available to buy in hard copy, or you can get it as a free PDF download under a Creative Commons licence (see my previous post on Zittrain's The Future of the Internet for links).
I've now managed to convert the PDF to an ebook for reading on my Nokia N95 smartphone, as I didn't want to carry the book around with me - it's heavy (hardcover) and it also has some value of the non-monetary kind to me (he signed it with a personal message).
Please feel free to download the eBook (PRC format) of Zittrain's "The Future of the Internet - And How to Stop It" (for those not familiar with electronic books, try downloading and using the free e-book reader software from Mobipocket which is available in many formats e.g. Blackberry, Windows Mobile / PocketPC, Symbian i.e. many Nokia or Sony Ericsson phones, and Palm PDA, you can install it through your computer or over the air - there's even a Windows XP / Vista version and you can manually install it on Mac or Linux too. Tip: on my phone, after launching the MobiPocket Reader, I couldn't figure out how to open the PRC file that I'd stored on my microSD card - where's the File Open menu? Answer: you don't need one. Just find and select the PRC file via your File Manager and it'll automatically open in MobiPocket Reader. I also tried QReader but it didn't work, with this particular file anyway).
It is of course also licensed on the same Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike 3.0 terms - free for personal use, basically.
However, it took me the best part of a day to convert and correct it including the images (no kidding - some characters just didn't translate properly so there was a lot of search & replace, otherwise it would have taken 2 days) and I just didn't have the time to do all the fixes, so please note that it's a rough & ready adaptation - while the main substance is there the formatting isn't perfect, and in relation to the footnotes note that:
- Some of the footnote links are weird - the link text should just be the superscript number for the footnote, but sometimes it extends to other text before or after the footnote number. I fixed the first few, then realised it would take forever to do the rest so I stopped. They're still clickable though, obviously.
- Some of the footnote numbers, when clicked, don't take you to the right footnote. I suspect this is because links were based on the location of the footnotes in the original PDF and on conversion it kept that, so they take you to the page the footnote was on in the PDF version. Given how many footnotes there are, it would have taken me another week to fix all those. So I didn't. Just bear in mind you may have to scroll down further, even a few pages, when you try to read a footnote - at least you know the number so you can find it.
Here's the download link again: eBook (PRC format) of Zittrain's "The Future of the Internet - And How to Stop It".