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OpenSolaris Bible E-book edition

Dave Miner
Sr. Principal Software Engineer
Proving that large corporations everywhere are equally uncoordinated, it seems that Wiley put out an electronic edition of OpenSolaris Bible but didn't manage to communicate it to us authors so we could help promote it!  Last we knew it was in the works, but we hadn't heard anything further.  But then we got our royalty statement a couple of days ago and, interestingly, there were electronic units sold, which sent me back over to the book's page on wiley.com and there was the link to the e-book!  I guess a positive spin to put on it is that it's another option for the Christmas list for the OpenSolaris enthusiast.

Unfortunately the set of supported platforms for the supported reader, Adobe Digital Editions, is not too friendly for those of us on open-source platforms.  My best suggestion, though I haven't tried it yet, is to put it on a copy of Windows in VirtualBox.

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Comments ( 3 )
  • Gary Gendel Thursday, November 12, 2009


    Actually, I can't think of a true reflow-able e-book format that is available on OpenSolaris. By that I specifically am not talking about a page-layout format such as pdf or doc. HTML would be the only possibility. Mobipocket (aka Kindle), lrf (Sony), lit (Microsoft), etc. aren't available.

    That said, it should be possible to convert the ADE format to HTML and use your browser. The open source Calibre (python-based) project is just the ticket for this. Lots of information and help can be found on the mobiread forum.

  • christy confetti higgins Wednesday, December 2, 2009

    Hi Dave - the OpenSolaris Bible eBook should be available soon in Safari Books Online for all Sun employees (since we have a subscription to Safari at Sun) - it will be available in HTML to view online as well as PDF download. I can keep you posted!


    Information Services: Digital Libraires & Research

    Sun Microsystems


  • Dave Miner Wednesday, December 2, 2009

    That's great news, Christy; I'll try to check in on it but let us know if you notice when it shows up.

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