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#21  JSWolf 07-07-2021, 05:38 PM
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The latest email I received from Phoenix Pick / Arc Manor has Carolyn Ives Gilman's Halfway Human as a freebie.

While I enjoyed the book 20 years ago and couldn't resist picking the free ebook, the epub version needs some TLC. The entire book is stuffed into one file with no attempt at pretty printing, no stylesheet so inline style all over the place and such oddments as using multiple spans within a single word to make the work italic. See the sample below as a fine example of ugly printing:
Phoenix Pick has the worst code I've ever seen. And you just proved it once more.
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#22  DNSB 07-07-2021, 08:30 PM
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Phoenix Pick has the worst code I've ever seen. And you just proved it once more.
Actually, I've seen worse though few of those were as uglified.
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#23  Manabi 07-07-2021, 11:37 PM
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Phoenix Pick has the worst code I've ever seen. And you just proved it once more.
While I don't look at the code that often, what's stood out to me when I do is that even Calibre converting other book formats produces cleaner code than Phoenix Pick's ebooks. I've also had cleaner code using an extension to convert a short story on a web page into an epub. It's like they're trying to produce the worst-looking epub code they can.
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#24  gbm 03-02-2022, 04:38 PM
This months free ebook from Arc Manor/Phoenix Pick is:

Podkayne of Mars by Robert A. Heinlein

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A tale beloved by many fans of Robert A. Heinlein, Podkayne of Mars tells the story of a young Marswoman and her inter-planetary adventures with her uncle and her genius brother.


Told largely through Podkayne’s diaries, the story details her travel to Earth with her two companions. Podkayne has very definite plans on what to do and how to do it, but not everything is as it seems. She is suddenly thrust into the middle of life and death situations when the liner they are travelling on makes a stop at Venus.


The original publisher of this book asked Heinlein to change the controversial ending, which Heinlein did extremely reluctantly. He felt the original ending much better suited the story line and was never satisfied with the modified ‘safer ‘ ending. This edition restores the book to how Heinlein originally wrote it. It also includes a letter to his agent, decrying the changes asked for by his original publisher.


Plus a number of Heinlein ebooks on sale for $2.99.


bernie
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#25  JSWolf 03-02-2022, 06:01 PM
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While I don't look at the code that often, what's stood out to me when I do is that even Calibre converting other book formats produces cleaner code than Phoenix Pick's ebooks. I've also had cleaner code using an extension to convert a short story on a web page into an epub. It's like they're trying to produce the worst-looking epub code they can.
I've grabbed this month's freebie and had a look at the ePub code. The code is actually pretty good. It's so much better then I've ever seen from ARC Manor.

It's easy enough to deal with.
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#26  gbm 05-17-2022, 03:44 PM
This months free ebook from Arc Manor/Phoenix Pick is:

Their Majesties’ Bucketeers by L. Neil Smith

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From multi-award winning author, L. Neil Smith:

Captain Agot Edmoot Mav, Extraordinary Inquirer for Their Majesties’ Bucketeers, must solve the unsolvable mystery of who has killed a famed, but controversial, scholar.

For the killing was done in a windowless room which was locked and the murder weapon itself is a mystery.

But Agot Edmoot Mav is nothing if not persistent, and as a loyal member of the Bucketeers, will not rest till the truth is revealed about this murder, most foul…and most alien
They are putting 11 L. Neil Smith ebooks on sale--half off regular price.

bernie

p.s.
no I have not checked the coding.
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#27  Terisa de morgan 05-17-2022, 04:45 PM
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This months free ebook from Arc Manor/Phoenix Pick is:

Their Majesties’ Bucketeers by L. Neil Smith



They are putting 11 L. Neil Smith ebooks on sale--half off regular price.

bernie

p.s.
no I have not checked the coding.
Thank you, sci-fi and mystery...
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#28  ApK 05-17-2022, 05:29 PM
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This months free ebook from Arc Manor/Phoenix Pick is:

Podkayne of Mars by Robert A. Heinlein


bernie

I missed that in March. Any one know if there's still a way to get a free copy? I'd never heard of it, and the story of the two endings is interesting. I'd like to see them both.



Thanks!
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#29  Manabi 05-18-2022, 01:42 PM
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I missed that in March. Any one know if there's still a way to get a free copy? I'd never heard of it, and the story of the two endings is interesting. I'd like to see them both.
Once the deal expires it's gone. The best you can do is hope they offer it for free again at some point in the future. That happens with some of their books. Or watch for a sale to pick it up cheap.

I ended up with the two-endings version from my library, they can be summed up as:

Spoiler Warning below






"Safe" ending that publisher wanted: Podkayne survives

Heinlien's preferred ending: Podkayne dies
I honestly didn't like the book either way, but I think Heinlein's ending makes more sense with what happens.
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#30  Manabi 06-10-2022, 12:00 AM
This months free ebook from Arc Manor/Phoenix Pick is Farewell to Yesterday's Tomorrow by Alexei Panshin.

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A beautiful collection of stories from Hugo and Nebula winning author Alexei Panshin. He is the author of the iconic classic, Rite of Passage and (with his wife, Cory Panshin) of the landmark study of science fiction, The World Beyond the Hill which won a Hugo award.

The Sunday Oregonian, writing about the collection, state "A remarkable collection. On the surface, each story as a unit appears to be completely different, yet all of them are part of a whole, contributing to the development of a central theme–thoughtful and provocative and, best of all, beautifully written."
They also have four of his books on sale, including an option to buy all four for $6.99. (One of the books is a three novel omnibus as well, so it's six books worth of reading total.)
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