Can I browse through Electron Press books
before making a purchase, like I do in a bookstore?
Yes. We provide free excerpts -- generally about 5% of the book -- as HTML text that
you can access by clicking on the title links located in both the "Publication
Index" and "About the Authors" pages. In addition, a brief description of the book is
available on the "Publication Index" page, as well as at the beginning of the excerpts
Where can I buy the electronic book that you discuss on your home page?
At present the electronic book is not a commercially available product,
rather it is a device that we feel will inevitably emerge on the market in the
next two or three years. A number of efforts are underway to develop such a device. Some
people use the existing palmtop computers as book displays. However, those devices can't
really do the job, because the screens are too small and not bright enough. For a peek
at an existing prototype of the electronic book, click on "View Electronic Book Prototype"
in the black menu bar under the heading "The Electronic Book" in the text area of the home page.
What do Electron Press books actually look like when I get them home and
open them in Acrobat Reader?
Electron Press books are Adobe Acrobat "pdf" files. The books are formatted in
esthetically pleasing styles using real typefaces, and when printed at your printer
will look like real books. All books have headers and footers, some have alternating
even and odd page headers. To view samples of what our books look like when you
actually display or print them from Acrobat Reader, click on "The EP Book Look" in the
black menu bar under the heading "Electron Press and Internet Book Publishing" in the text area of
the home page.
Please note that in order to make book excerpts immediately available to our web
site visitors, the book excerpts that appear on this site are in HTML format, and do
not look like the actual books from which they are excerpted.
Do Electron Press books have the same number of pages as traditional bound books?
Electron Press books are designed to be printed on standard 8 ½ by 11 inch
paper. For this reason it takes 25 to 50 percent fewer pages to print an Electron
Press book than a traditional bound book containing the same text.
How much do Electron Press books cost, and where are the prices listed?
Electron Press books are priced between three and five dollars. The prices of
all books are listed on the purchase form accessible by clicking on the "Make a
What forms of payment does Electron Press accept for book purchases?
Electron Press only accepts Visa and MasterCard credit cards as payment. Payment
must be made online using our purchase form, and your browser must support SSL (secure
sockets layer) for this to be possible. Most current browsers (e.g. Netscape
Navigator 3.0 or higher, Internet Explorer 3.0 or higher) support SSL, and both
Netscape and Microsoft offer their latest browsers as free downloads from their web sites.
What if I dont have a Visa or MasterCard?
If you dont have a Visa or MasterCard you cannot currently purchase our books. We
do not accept checks or cash, nor do we support telephone or mail orders. However,
in the future we hope to add one or more forms of digital cash as an accepted form
What if I buy a book and cant download it?
When your credit card purchase has been approved, we give you a receipt number
before you begin to download. The customer service area of the Electron Press web
site contains detailed instructions to help you retry your download based on this
receipt number. If after three retries you still fail, send an email to the address
listed there and we will send you the file as an email attachment, or if that fails,
on a diskette via the USPS.
What if I download a book but it doesnt display in Acrobat Reader?
The most common reason for this problem is that you are using an older version of
Adobe Acrobat Reader. You must have Acrobat Reader version 3.0 or greater. You
can get this program for free from Adobe, and we have a link on our site to the Adobe
How can I print Electron Press books?
Once you have opened a book in Acrobat Reader, use the programs print function to
print selected pages or the entire book on your local or networked printer.
What if I cant print a book from Acrobat Reader?
Adobe provides extensive documentation concerning possible printing problems for
many types of printers. This documentation recommends solutions for all known problems,
and is available at the Electron Press web site. To access this information, click on
the "Customer Service" button, then follow the "Other Technical Support" link and scroll
down to the section titled "Acrobat Reader - Printing Issues".