Thursday, August 04, 2011

Microsoft Press Free Books, eReader style (ePub and Mobi versions of a number of previously released as PDF MS Press books)

Microsoft Press - New Formats for Free Microsoft Press eBooks

"From time to time Microsoft Press has been pleased to offer free downloadable eBooks available as either PDF or XPS files. We are now very happy to announce that five of these same eBooks can be downloaded in two additional formats, DRM-free EPUB and MOBI. These new formats enable you to read these eBooks on ereaders such as Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes and Noble’s Nook, Sony Reader and Kobo eReader, as well as on iOS devices such as the iPad. Of course these files can also be read with ereading apps for the various devices (and other reading applications like Adobe Digital Editions) on netbooks, laptops, and desktop PCs. The key difference between these formats and the previously-offered PDF and XPS files is that the text is “reflowable,” meaning that it recomposes depending on the width of the screen (or as you resize a Window). For reading on Kindles, Kindle apps, or the Mobipocket readers for various devices, use the MOBI files. For reading on most other ereaders and ereading apps, including Nook, Sony, and iPad, as well as on PCs, use the EPUB files.


Here's a round up of the books

  • Programming Windows Phone 7 by Charles Petzold (EPUBMOBI)
  • Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 by Patrice Pelland, Pascal ParĂ©, and Ken Haines (EPUB, MOBI)
  • Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 by Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner  (EPUB, MOBI)
  • Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2 by Charlie Russel and Craig Zacker with the Windows Server Team at Microsoft (EPUB, MOBI)
  • Own Your Future, Update Your Skills with Resouces and Career Ideas from Microsoft by Katherine Murray(EPUB, MOBI)

Yeah, I know I said I was on vacation, but how can I resist this? I mean my kindle still has a bit room free... :P

(via @scottisafool - tweet -> Microsoft UK Students - A pile of Microsoft technical e-books now free for Kindle and iPad)

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