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Reply #136 - 01/14/15 at 00:00:06
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GMTonyKosten wrote on 11/27/14 at 20:44:39:
I've just noticed what looks a like a bug! If there are moves after the link, and an annotation before the next move, the annotation looks like a link too! Also, if the previous link is on two lines sometimes the bit on the 2nd line doesn't work. Sad


Making the RHS annotation part of the game much wider seems to solve this. Still, the drawback is that it takes up quite a bit of screen space.
  
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Reply #135 - 11/28/14 at 21:04:33
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I have seen this too, and it has annoyed me.
  
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Reply #134 - 11/27/14 at 20:44:39
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GMTonyKosten wrote on 10/06/14 at 10:15:36:
surprised to see that the game links look like HTML links now

I've just noticed what looks a like a bug! If there are moves after the link, and an annotation before the next move, the annotation looks like a link too! Also, if the previous link is on two lines sometimes the bit on the 2nd line doesn't work. Sad
  
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Reply #133 - 11/16/14 at 00:22:44
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GMTonyKosten wrote on 10/06/14 at 10:15:36:
opened a Playable ChessPublishing.com eBook in CB12 by chance, and was surprised to see that the game links look like HTML links now

Having said that, they do look rather long and overpowering, and when there are several links in a row they take up a lot of the space and make the actual moves look rather secondary. It would be nice if I could edit the info on these somehow, and make them shorter. Does anyone know how?
  
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Reply #132 - 10/06/14 at 10:15:36
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I don't normally use CB12 as I prefer working in CB10, but just opened a Playable ChessPublishing.com eBook in CB12 by chance, and was surprised to see that the game links look like HTML links now, and are clickable (before you had to press Enter or Ctrl + Enter). Shocked
A big improvement! Smiley When did ChessBase change these?
  
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Reply #131 - 12/20/11 at 14:07:59
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GMTonyKosten wrote on 12/20/11 at 12:56:13:
BabySnake wrote on 12/20/11 at 09:46:58:
There's a ton of good stuff from Ruslan in the pdf that needs to get its way into a proper format  Cheesy

All Ruslan's material is available in PGN format, remember you can download the ChessPub Guides. Wink
The QGD pdf eBook is already much too big, we would need to divide it up to make some playable eBooks.


Yes that's very true. We could start with the Tarrasch, which is sure to be more popular now  Wink
  
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Reply #130 - 12/20/11 at 12:56:13
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BabySnake wrote on 12/20/11 at 09:46:58:
There's a ton of good stuff from Ruslan in the pdf that needs to get its way into a proper format  Cheesy

All Ruslan's material is available in PGN format, remember you can download the ChessPub Guides. Wink
The QGD pdf eBook is already much too big, we would need to divide it up to make some playable eBooks.
  
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Reply #129 - 12/20/11 at 09:46:58
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And another e-book that I think is needed is the Queen's Gambit Declined. There's not even an old style e-book available.

There's a ton of good stuff from Ruslan in the pdf that needs to get its way into a proper format  Cheesy

Thanks for your good work, it's a great site, but should also continue to move forward  Wink
  
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Reply #128 - 12/19/11 at 14:08:09
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GMTonyKosten wrote on 12/17/11 at 14:00:41:
fling wrote on 12/16/11 at 15:32:33:
Well, I think this is fine, however, as mentioned, some have not been updated for many years.

We are only updating the newer style ones, as stated several times before, with a couple of exceptions. There are currently about 30 that are updated regularly, but I am happy to do some more if there is any demand - I can update the Spanish, say?


Sorry, now I have finally understood what you mean. Well, I like any playable format, new and old, for CB, even though of course the new is much better. I prefer going over the games in CB, rather than via a PDF-file. Therefore, I'd love to see as many playable ebooks as possible. I could even help converting old ones to new. E.g. the Symmetrical English, since I am currently looking at those lines anyway.
  
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Reply #127 - 12/19/11 at 10:32:53
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GMTonyKosten wrote on 12/17/11 at 14:00:41:
fling wrote on 12/16/11 at 15:32:33:
Well, I think this is fine, however, as mentioned, some have not been updated for many years.

We are only updating the newer style ones, as stated several times before, with a couple of exceptions. There are currently about 30 that are updated regularly, but I am happy to do some more if there is any demand - I can update the Spanish, say?



I would greatly appreciate the Spanish being updated  Smiley
  
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Reply #126 - 12/17/11 at 14:00:41
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fling wrote on 12/16/11 at 15:32:33:
Well, I think this is fine, however, as mentioned, some have not been updated for many years.

We are only updating the newer style ones, as stated several times before, with a couple of exceptions. There are currently about 30 that are updated regularly, but I am happy to do some more if there is any demand - I can update the Spanish, say?

BabySnake wrote on 12/16/11 at 10:33:45:
Edit: Hmm, I then found out that download via the dropdown menu actually does seem to work  Grin

Yes, I think ChessBase are making it more difficult to find, but it is still on the dropdown menu. Smiley
  
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Re: Playable e-book (cbv format)
Reply #125 - 12/16/11 at 15:32:33
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GMTonyKosten wrote on 12/14/11 at 23:19:56:
As I wrote before, all the newer style playable (CBV) eBooks are updated whenever the PDF eBooks are updated.
We would be happy to do more, but there is simply very little demand for them. Sad


Well, I think this is fine, however, as mentioned, some have not been updated for many years.
  
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Re: Playable e-book (cbv format)
Reply #124 - 12/16/11 at 10:33:45
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Well, please help me out then...

Here's the Chessbase download page, where I can download Chessbase Reader:
http://www.chessbase.com/download/index.asp

There's a link there to Chessbase Light Tutorials, but not to Chessbase Light download! Now, let's say I look at the tutorial from 2007. There's an old link there to download CB Light, but what happens is that it redirects you to the CB 11 download page...

This has been discussed before on the forum, in the General Chess section I think...

Edit: Hmm, I then found out that download via the dropdown menu actually does seem to work  Grin
  
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Re: Playable e-book (cbv format)
Reply #123 - 12/16/11 at 01:00:03
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BabySnake wrote on 12/15/11 at 22:14:39:
I don't think free Chessbase Light exists anymore.

I wouldn't suggest using it if it didn't exist! Why not look on the ChessBase downloads page, it is still there! Wink
  
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Reply #122 - 12/15/11 at 22:14:39
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GMTonyKosten wrote on 12/15/11 at 20:07:13:
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I am looking at the King's English e-book and it seems there should be links to games, but they don't work for me. I am using Chessbase Reader. Perhaps I need a full version of Chessbase for this, which I won't get, since I use Chess Assistant.

Why not download the free ChessBase light program?

I don't think free Chessbase Light exists anymore. Chessbase Reader (that I am using) is now the free available product.
  
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Reply #121 - 12/15/11 at 20:07:13
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BabySnake wrote on 12/15/11 at 12:37:48:
I am looking at the King's English e-book and it seems there should be links to games, but they don't work for me. I am using Chessbase Reader. Perhaps I need a full version of Chessbase for this, which I won't get, since I use Chess Assistant.

Why not download the free ChessBase light program?

BabySnake wrote on 12/15/11 at 12:37:48:
As more people in the thread have said, this (playable e-book) is a much better format than pdf. Pdf has the only advantage of being better in print.

Well I agree, I find that they are fantastic tools to prepare before games. I think the main problem is that you need ChessBase and Windows, and a lot of subscribers don't like/use both/either!
  
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Reply #120 - 12/15/11 at 12:37:48
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Hmm, so there are no "new style" e-books in the e4e5 section then.

I am looking at the King's English e-book and it seems there should be links to games, but they don't work for me. I am using Chessbase Reader. Perhaps I need a full version of Chessbase for this, which I won't get, since I use Chess Assistant. I can easily find the games in the games list anyway.

I am really surprised that there aren't more people using/downloading these. As more people in the thread have said, this (playable e-book) is a much better format than pdf. Pdf has the only advantage of being better in print.
  
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Reply #119 - 12/14/11 at 23:19:56
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As I wrote before, all the newer style playable (CBV) eBooks are updated whenever the PDF eBooks are updated.
We would be happy to do more, but there is simply very little demand for them. Sad
  
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Reply #118 - 12/14/11 at 09:55:53
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As I mentioned before in another thread I vastly prefer the playable e-books. I think they should be updated every month just like the pdf books. However of course I could live with every 3 months or so. See for example the Spanish e-book, it has not been updated for 4 years  Shocked
Could we have that one brought up to date please?
  
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Reply #117 - 12/13/11 at 21:56:53
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What has happened to the updates of the playable e-books? Some are updated, whereas others are from very long ago Sad
  
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Reply #116 - 05/11/10 at 14:50:34
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Reply #115 - 05/07/10 at 16:11:40
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Tony,

Keep 'em coming, loving it!!!
  
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Reply #114 - 05/05/10 at 19:30:17
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Göran wrote on 05/05/10 at 12:51:20:
How do I know which eBook is new style and which is old style (without downloading and open it)? Is it the eBooks with "NEW" in front?

Yes, certainly, but in general I think any eBook from 2007 onwards would be new-style.
  
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Reply #113 - 05/05/10 at 12:51:20
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Still a bit confused -

How do I know which eBook is new style and which is old style (without downloading and open it)? Is it the eBooks with "NEW" in front?

How do I know when a New Style eBook is updated? I take it that when it is advertised on the Home page then it is a new eBook and not only an updated new eBook.

EmbarrassedSorry for all the questions but I do like to utilize the New Style eBooks and really  want to know when there are new ones and when new ones are updated. As it is now I have totally missed that the new ones are updated almost every month.


Section                        Total                   New
                                 Playable             Playable
1 e4 e5                           7                       0
French                            4                        0
Dragons                               3                        2
Open Sicilian                    4                        2
Anti-Sicilian                      6                       2
1 e4 …                            4                       1
1 d4 d5                           6                       1
d-pawn Special                5                       0
King’s Indian                    4                        1
Nimzo  and Benoni          4                        0
Daring Defence                6                       2
Flank Openings                5                       1
  

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Reply #112 - 05/05/10 at 11:41:50
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Göran wrote on 05/04/10 at 22:59:31:

Don't understand what you are saying Tony. Is really the playable eBooks updated as frequently as the PDF files?

As I said: "All the recent ones have been updated almost every month". I'm not referring to the old-style playable eBooks at all, as I won't ever be updating them, I much prefer the new-style, and understood from the Forum that most subscribers did, too.
There are a few 'new-style' that were made in 2007 and never updated (like the Spanish), I was waiting to see what sort of reaction there would be to these before continuing with the experiment. The Kan Sicilian one was updated yesterday, and maybe the others might follow. Smiley
  
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Reply #111 - 05/04/10 at 22:59:31
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GMTonyKosten wrote on 05/04/10 at 18:53:53:
TalJechin wrote on 05/03/10 at 12:53:18:
Well, I have email notification switched on for all sections (just checked too), but I've only gotten notified for 'monthly updates' so far, so if the author doesn't mention the ebooks being updated I don't notice. That was the case for the Catalan ebook for example.

We only announce new eBooks, not updated ones. Wink
All the recent ones have been updated almost every month (just like all the PDF eBooks), please don't tell me that nobody even noticed? Roll Eyes


Don't understand what you are saying Tony. Is really the playable eBooks updated as frequently as the PDF files?

E.g

PDF Spanish
"Last Updated: 25th April 2010, Size= 449kb, Estimated download time with a 56.6 modem= 45 seconds"

but

Playable eBook Spanish
"Last Updated: 4th October 2007, Size= 927kb, Estimated download time with a 56.6 modem= 110 seconds"

This descrepency goes for most of the eBooks.
  

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Reply #110 - 05/04/10 at 18:53:53
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TalJechin wrote on 05/03/10 at 12:53:18:
Well, I have email notification switched on for all sections (just checked too), but I've only gotten notified for 'monthly updates' so far, so if the author doesn't mention the ebooks being updated I don't notice. That was the case for the Catalan ebook for example.

We only announce new eBooks, not updated ones. Wink
All the recent ones have been updated almost every month (just like all the PDF eBooks), please don't tell me that nobody even noticed? Roll Eyes
  
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Unfortunately I have the same experience as TalJechin
  

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Reply #108 - 05/03/10 at 12:53:18
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GMTonyKosten wrote on 05/03/10 at 11:53:43:
TalJechin wrote on 05/01/10 at 17:51:49:
No, just make sure to tell us when there are new ebooks. E.g via email notifications as already for the updates andor a sticky thread here...

We do send out email notifications whenever new eBooks are available, but you have to have email notification switched on for the relevant section (most subscribers turn this off). We also announce them on the Feed and on the Home page, not to mention that month's update! Wink


Well, I have email notification switched on for all sections (just checked too), but I've only gotten notified for 'monthly updates' so far, so if the author doesn't mention the ebooks being updated I don't notice. That was the case for the Catalan ebook for example.
  
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Reply #107 - 05/03/10 at 11:53:43
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TalJechin wrote on 05/01/10 at 17:51:49:
No, just make sure to tell us when there are new ebooks. E.g via email notifications as already for the updates andor a sticky thread here...

We do send out email notifications whenever new eBooks are available, but you have to have email notification switched on for the relevant section (most subscribers turn this off). We also announce them on the Feed and on the Home page, not to mention that month's update! Wink
  
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I appreciate the new style ebooks very much. Please continue.
  

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GMTonyKosten wrote on 05/01/10 at 17:28:10:
Since this thread was last active we've added a number of the new-style playable eBooks, and have kept all the recent ones completely up-to-date.  Smiley
Sometimes this has even involved major changes, two recent examples being the Catalan and Classical Dragon eBooks.
However, I get the impression this has passed almost unnoticed, we've received no comments here, and I've seen almost nothing on the Forum. The number of downloads is still much less than for the PDF eBooks, although this might well be because the playable ones can only be used with ChessBase, thus requiring a lot of work for Linux and Mac users.
Should we discontinue?  Undecided


By all means continue! They're absolutely great!
  
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GMTonyKosten wrote on 05/01/10 at 17:28:10:
Since this thread was last active we've added a number of the new-style playable eBooks, and have kept all the recent ones completely up-to-date.  Smiley
Sometimes this has even involved major changes, two recent examples being the Catalan and Classical Dragon eBooks.
However, I get the impression this has passed almost unnoticed, we've received no comments here, and I've seen almost nothing on the Forum. The number of downloads is still much less than for the PDF eBooks, although this might well be because the playable ones can only be used with ChessBase, thus requiring a lot of work for Linux and Mac users.
Should we discontinue?  Undecided


No, just make sure to tell us when there are new ebooks. E.g via email notifications as already for the updates andor a sticky thread here...
  
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Since this thread was last active we've added a number of the new-style playable eBooks, and have kept all the recent ones completely up-to-date.  Smiley
Sometimes this has even involved major changes, two recent examples being the Catalan and Classical Dragon eBooks.
However, I get the impression this has passed almost unnoticed, we've received no comments here, and I've seen almost nothing on the Forum. The number of downloads is still much less than for the PDF eBooks, although this might well be because the playable ones can only be used with ChessBase, thus requiring a lot of work for Linux and Mac users.
Should we discontinue?  Undecided
  
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Reply #102 - 11/18/09 at 11:44:03
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Fausto Alava-Moreno wrote on 11/18/09 at 08:33:20:
I have noted that a new classical and other dragons ebook is available for download with the November Update of GM Ward.

Actually it is just a minor upgrade (2 extra games), and at the moment I just publicize the completely new eBooks on the Home Page, rather than the 'newish' ones.

rukh wrote on 11/14/09 at 12:39:00:
Thanks for the ebook. How do I open a game quotation? 

Ctrl + enter in the latest ChessBase, simply enter in previous versions. Smiley
  
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Reply #101 - 11/18/09 at 08:33:20
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Tony,

I have noted that a new classical and other dragons ebook is available for download with the November Update of GM Ward.

Could you kindly publicite in the main page of chesspublishing.com in the same way that the modern-pirc one?

I have added an sticky post in the dragon forum Cheesy

Thanks for the work!

  

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rukh wrote on 09/04/09 at 13:23:11:
Tony, are you planning to make a playable ebook of the pirc/modern?

Well it's now online, hope you enjoy it! Smiley


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Tony, are you planning to make a playable ebook of the pirc/modern?

Well it's now online, hope you enjoy it! Smiley
  
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rukh wrote on 09/04/09 at 13:23:11:
Tony, are you planning to make a playable ebook of the pirc/modern?


Yes, now that summer is coming to an end (and I have more time) I will be making some more of these and the Pirc is a good candidate. Wink
  
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I like the playable e-book format, it's more efficient to use because I don't have to move my eyes all the time between the book and the board and seek again where the move was in the book or pdf.

Tony, are you planning to make a playable ebook of the pirc/modern?
  
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I prefer the eBooks myself over the pdf files. I download the pdf files just so if I have a need, they are available. Otherwise, I rather much prefer the eBooks.
  
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Thanks for all the new eBooks!!! Keep 'em coming boys!!!
  
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To date you have been adding new ebooks to the stock, but are you thinking in update the old ones presents in the chesspub site?


Yes, eventually, but it makes sense do new ones before updating old ones.
  
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Tony, thanks for the new ebooks.

To date you have been adding new ebooks to the stock, but are you thinking in update the old ones presents in the chesspub site?


GMTonyKosten wrote on 05/06/09 at 18:39:43:
OK, so far there are over 50 playable eBooks, with 13 new style, and more being added every week! Cheesy

  

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Thanks!

The current advertising on the home page and rather frequent updates will stimulate the downloading of the new Playable eBooks, I am sure.
  

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OK, so far there are over 50 playable eBooks, with 13 new style, and more being added every week! Cheesy
  
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I just downloaded the new Yugoslav eBook but the cover says it was last updated in 2006.

It is the Classical that is new. Wink
  
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I just downloaded the new Yugoslav eBook but the cover says it was last updated in 2006.  I did a quick search of games in the 9. 0-0-0 d5 line and can't find any games newer than '06, was the right file attached or I am seeing things?
  
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hi Tony,
.pdf files are more often downloaded because:
- they are updated. once i noticed that most .cbv ebooks were from 2006-2007 (some even 2004) i never wasted time to visit the "Playable ebooks" section;
- they can be used not only with several operating systems, but also on several devices; i read most of my .pdfs on my pda...
However, .cbv files are more usefull for most players. as someone from above posts said, if you really want to study a particular variation, sooner or later you will put all the moves in a chessbase database. and the new format is much nicer then the old one.
About a greater feedback for .cbv files: just put a poll in the first page.
About Gold Plus: only usefull feature is "One stop games download", hardly an incentive for subscribers to upgrade to Gold status. Access to a section of often updated playable ebooks will be a better incentove maybe. the .cbv may not be upgraded monthly, quarterly upgrades should be enough.
and last but not the least, I would like to thank you for "The Dynamic English", best white repertoire book that I ever read! when I read it first time, I was sorry that it had only 130 pages instead of 500 pages..  
  
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GMTonyKosten wrote on 03/30/09 at 19:05:29:
LeeRoth wrote on 02/15/09 at 16:14:00:
If we can get a couple, let's get brand new ones, rather than updates of ones that already exist.  

Examples:  ... 1..e5 English.

It's done! Wink


And its excellent!  Thanks, Tony.

  
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It is possible to download the light version of ChessBase for free. It gives the option to read the eBooks if you would like to compare.

I have only tried a couple of times, but yes, the free CB 2007 seems to handle the eBooks quite well. Wink
  
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If we can get a couple, let's get brand new ones, rather than updates of ones that already exist.  

Examples:  ... 1..e5 English.

It's done! Wink
  
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It is possible to download the light version of ChessBase for free. It gives the option to read the eBooks if you would like to compare.
  

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I don't have ChessBase, which is why I don't do the playable e-books.
  

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Compared to the two new updated playable eBooks as well?

Yep, they are even way behind many of the other playable eBooks, but I only have statistics for the whole month, and they have been online for less than two weeks. In a couple of weeks I will have more meaningful results.
  
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Göran wrote on 03/27/09 at 15:12:55:
Statistics about the number of downloads could perhaps also indicate the total interest.

Indeed, the PDF downloads always far outstrip the eBook ones.


Compared to the two new updated playable eBooks as well?

I do appreciate Pawnbroker's preferences. ChessBase is a fantastic database/program but the user interface leaves a lot to wish for.
I think "GMTonyKosten" is doing a fantastic job with the new playable eBooks.

I certainly get the value for money on this site!
  

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Agree very much - the interface not really there yet but very promising.
  

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I had a look at the Convetka page and it does seem a bit complicated to produce these.
I think I am going to just produce the game quotation ChessBase eBooks in the future, as everyone who answered seem to prefer these over the other style (and I prefer them too!) Smiley
I will start producing some more eBooks over the coming weeks, and I will also try to keep the newer ones up-to-date to see how viable that is. Smiley
  
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I think Convetka will give Aquarium Demo support for reading i-Books. This new feature came out with recent version 3.1.

This new format is really cool but it's already too young and lacks some functionality in order to make it easier, I mean:

- Lacks keyboard navigation.
- The edition of i-Books is already very complicated (a text window where you have to use tags and commands). It is planned to add buttons in the interface in order to make the edition easier.

For sure, this fundamental features will be added in near future, I hope.

For those who already don't know anything about i-Books is like reading a formated paper book + having a board of the position + having a classifier where you can jump from one chapter to another. But also if you have an opening book in Aquarium you can also see if the position of the i-Book is in the tree in other pane in real time...

For more info the Aquarium section in Rybka's Forum is a good site.

PD: I really like the New Style eBooks over pdfs.
  
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Statistics about the number of downloads could perhaps also indicate the total interest.

Indeed, the PDF downloads always far outstrip the eBook ones.
Pawnbroker - thanks for your post, I have always been curious as to why the PDFs were preferred, assuming it was because a lot of subscribers didn't use ChessBase, or were running Linux, say.
I will look into the 'i-book'. Wink
  
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I write as one who has downloaded and tried both the old and new Playable eBooks but rarely use them because I find I much prefer to use the PDF eBooks alongside a database of the games.

First I should explain that I am a correspondence player and my requirement is to have a good understanding of openings and be able to research individual positions in depth. I do not need to memorise an opening for OTB play, and that may possibly make a difference.

The PDF eBooks are excellent. They are very professionally presented. My on-screen layout displays the index and two pages of text and it is easy to use the index to skip between pages to view different lines. While this does not allow me to play through the variations there are sufficient diagrams to give a good understanding of the opening themes and typical positions.  In contrast I find the Playable eBooks less readable and if I wish to overview an opening I need to open several game windows and skip between them, sometimes frustratingly confusing the windows.

When I want to research a position in detail I open a CB board window and use my single “ChessPublishing” database as the reference database. The reference tab then gives me a service that I find comparable to the Playable eBook, but with the advantage that I only need to maintain a single database.

My monthly workflow is straightforward. I overwrite my existing PDF eBooks when they are updated and add all the new games to my CB “ChessPublishing” database.

I appreciate the work that Tony is doing in trying to improve the service and would not wish to discourage his efforts. If my comments are shared by others it may explain why there has been a less enthusiastic response to the Playable eBooks than expected. One of the limitations of the Playable eBook is perhaps the lack of quality and versatility of the Chessbase format. I have recently seen examples of the Aquarium i-book. At first sight the i-book does look a better vehicle for the service that Tony is trying to offer, possibly improving on both PDF and Playable eBooks. But I wonder how many subscribers yet have access to Aquarium?
  
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I think it is a pity that the playable eBook has not got the attention it deserves. I cannot believe that the majority really think that the “.pdf” is better. I can only see one single advantage with the “.pdf” . It is printable and you can carry it with you like a paper book. In all other aspects I do think that the playable eBook is superior. On the other side, that single advantage could be enough for the majority – how many are reading from the laptop on the subway, bus, waiting room and other more obscure locations? Well, being unfamiliar with ChessBase could also be an obstacle which would favour “.pdf”

Then again, do we know how many of the subscribers actually know that there actually is an option?   I would guess it really is a limited number of subscribers that are active on the forum and let alone the topic “Discussion”.

Perhaps Tony could find a way to ask all subscribers that been logged on e.g. during the last year?  Or all subscribers that downloaded one or several “.pdf” or playable eBook e.g. during the last year.
Statistics about the number of downloads could perhaps also indicate the total interest.

Some suggested questions on a survey:
If only one was available which would you choose?
1.      PDF
2.      Playable eBook
3.      Don’t care
If only PDF is available
1.      Would you pay an extra fee to be able to download the playable eBooks?
2.      No, would stick to the “.pdf”
If only playable eBook is available
1.       Would you pay an extra fee to be able to download the PDF file?
2.      No, would stick to the playable eBook.

The survey could be initiated by an email asking the members to look at the two playable eBooks (Scheveningen and Catalan) to get an impression and compare with the “.pdf”.

Personally I would appreciate the playable eBooks with or without the “.pdf”. I do understand however that it is both a cost for ChessPublishing and many subscribers could prefer the “.pdf”. I wouldn’t mind an increase of the fee to have access to the playable eBooks.
  

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When I introduced the new eBooks (with the links in the actual games) I did envisage being able to update these quite frequently (maybe even monthly, like the PDF eBooks), but despite my efforts to start a discussion about the relative merits of the two types of ChessBase eBooks there has been very little feedback, so I am still not sure which type is generally preferred by the subscribers! Undecided


As to me, I like playable books much more because they are easier to read through in Chessbase 10. Otherwise, I'd have to print out your recent pdf-books and then make a playable book myself; it's much more time and effort-assuming to me. So I am both hands up for the new format CB playable books!  Smiley
  
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LeeRoth wrote on 02/15/09 at 16:14:00:
Catalan


Antillian wrote on 02/15/09 at 16:00:40:
Catalan would be my choice


OK - you can download it now! Wink


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Catalan


Antillian wrote on 02/15/09 at 16:00:40:
Catalan would be my choice


OK - you can download it now! Wink
  
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Thanks Tony, just downloaded it, but haven't gone thru it yet, but I'm sure it's first-rate!!!
  
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First impression: It's great. That is really the way to go! Can we have Accelerated Dragon/Hyper-Accelerated Dragon? Can't wait.

So much better than the PDF versions. Easy to access, good overview and playable games in CB.  Cheesy

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OK, I've started work on the Scheveningen. Smiley

It's online!!
It actually seems to work better in CB10 than previous versions ( Huh) as they have added a gap between any annotations and the games link, and also one of the English Attack links only works properly in CB10! Still, in CB9 you don't have to remember to press Ctrl + Enter! Roll Eyes
  
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I vote for Pirc and Scheveningen.  I'd also be willing to pay extra for the eBook service.
  
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Thank you Tony, always helping your subscribers.

I would like to see the Sveshnikov/Kalashnikov (my pet line) updated as payable ebook.

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If we can get a couple, let's get brand new ones, rather than updates of ones that already exist. 

Examples:  QGD, Catalan, Scheveningen and Classical Sicilians, Pirc, Benko, Exchange Gruenfeld, and 1..e5 English.
  
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For Fausto, Anti, Monkey, Lou et al: After I've finished putting this round of updates online I will do a couple of new style eBooks just for you. Smiley
Now you just have to decide which ones you want! Wink
  
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Antillian wrote on 02/14/09 at 17:34:15:
But isn't this because the PDF books are far more current?  

They are now, but you forget that the playable eBooks were new once! Wink
I suppose the main reasons that people prefer the PDF ones is because they are cross-platform, you can use them on handhelds and you can print them out. But I could be wrong?! Undecided
  
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ChessMonkey wrote on 02/12/09 at 17:52:44:
Any way to change that practice?

I suppose I could stop updating the PDF ones, but the problem is a lot more subscribers download these than the playable ChessBase eBooks.
Actually, I even tried selling a couple of the playable ones online to see if this would help pay for them ... and managed to sell about 2 in 2 years!! Sad
I guess they are just not very popular.


But isn't this because the PDF books are far more current?

I simply can't imagine that given a choice, people will choose PDF books over Chessbase e-books.  Shocked But, maybe I am just really biased because of my own strong preference for e-books.  I don't buy Everyman Chess paper books anymore unless I really can't wait. Otherwise, I wait a while for the e-book to come out instead.
  

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Fausto Alava-Moreno wrote on 02/14/09 at 05:20:06:
What about put a Gold+ Subscription with that service for a reasonable fee?

I will pay for that extra service, so valueous for me, and probably the people who are usings ebooks.


That's a thought! It's true I haven't ever increased the prices - in fact, I even brought them down when I took over in 2002! Roll Eyes
Maybe it is time to put up a poll and decide the eBook question for once and for all?
  
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Tony, which are the actual possibilites of make playable ebooks accesibles to subscribers updated on monthly bases (or bi-monthly) instead of have 2004 ebooks without any updates.

What about put a Gold+ Subscription with that service for a reasonable fee?

I will pay for that extra service, so valueous for me, and probably the people who are usings ebooks.


Lou_Cyber wrote on 02/13/09 at 16:38:21:
The ebooks are a very good feature and in principle far more useful than the pdf-books.

So far I thought that ebooks and pdf-books were updated at the same time. As the ebooks offer more features to the subscribers it might even be better to concentrate on updating them instead of the pdf-books. I wouldn´t mind.

  

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The ebooks are a very good feature and in principle far more useful than the pdf-books. I often can only have a look on the pdf books, because my business pc does not allow to attach chessbase. At home I feel much more comfortable with the ebooks.

So far I thought that ebooks and pdf-books were updated at the same time. As the ebooks offer more features to the subscribers it might even be better to concentrate on updating them instead of the pdf-books. I wouldn´t mind.
  

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Really a pity Cry.  I have a bunch of the Everyman books both in paper and eBook form and find it very convenient when I want to do a quick check on a variation or to save analysis (w/Rybka's assistance Grin) that is not covered in the book.  I also have Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual in paper and CD form (the CD is for the 1st edition from what I can tell) which makes it a breeze to go through sidelines and sub-subvariations.
  
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Any way to change that practice?

I suppose I could stop updating the PDF ones, but the problem is a lot more subscribers download these than the playable ChessBase eBooks.
Actually, I even tried selling a couple of the playable ones online to see if this would help pay for them ... and managed to sell about 2 in 2 years!! Sad
I guess they are just not very popular.
  
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Just checked out the PDF ebooks vs. the playable ebooks for the Open Sicilians and WOW  Cheesy is there a huge gap between the updates!!!

That's because the PDF eBooks are updated every month, and the playable eBooks have never been updated!
  
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Just checked out the PDF ebooks vs. the playable ebooks for the Open Sicilians and WOW  Cheesy is there a huge gap between the updates!!!  I want to reiterate a strong preference for the playable ebooks (save a tree and that . . . .) so hopefully they can be updated more frequently than they have been in the past Angry
  
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Tony, any idea of which kind of ebook will be published in chesspublishing.com for subscribers?

I'm leaning towards the ones with the 'game quotation' feature, but I am reticent to devote large amounts of our resources to something that only appeals to a small proportion of the subscribers, and that may become obsolete!
  
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Tony, any idea of which kind of ebook will be published in chesspublishing.com for subscribers?

Thanks

Fausto Alava-Moreno wrote on 01/22/09 at 05:53:19:
Dear Tony,

For me any format of ebook is OK!

I prefer the newest one, with links to the whole games.

I can do the job of update my favorite ebooks monthly, but I guest that the pdf files are printed out from "updated" ebooks.

Could you upload to the site new ebooks in any format?

Or may be use chesspublishing for subscribers feedback.

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Dear Tony,

For me any format of ebook is OK!

I prefer the newest one, with links to the whole games.

I can do the job of update my favorite ebooks monthly, but I guest that the pdf files are printed out from "updated" ebooks.

Could you upload to the site new ebooks in any format?

Or may be use chesspublishing for subscribers feedback.

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The playable eBooks are absolutely first-rate and I hope that you are able to provide more of them in the future (new format is ok in CB10 - ctrl+enter does the trick versus "enter" in CB9).  The PDF versions are ok, but nothing beats the simplicity and speed of playing over the games in CB, especially when you can step-into sub-variations (or not) with the clock of a button.  I vote for more playable eBooks in the new format!!
  
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Fausto Alava-Moreno wrote on 01/12/09 at 15:39:34:
I know that we have not many feedback

Almost no feedback at all, in fact! Sad
I would also be curious to know what members think of using the CB eBooks in CB10 since they have changed the key press for the link.


Tony, perhaps you should consider an email survey. Email the subscribers directly.
  

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Very strange..... It is interesting what kind of software they use.....
  
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I asked Richard why Everyman don't use these game quotations, and the answer is they don't even work in Fritz, apparently! A pity, it is such a nice feature. Angry
  
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Now, I quite liked the new type and thought everyone else would, too, but not only has there been almost no positive feedback from subscribers, on top of that ChessBase seem to have downgraded the feature in CB10! Sad


Right now I've been checking and comparing these two types of playable books for the first time. I think I'm getting a little bit closer now to understanding them. Unless I'm mistaken, the Moscow is the "new style" playable eBook because it makes use of the embedded game (or game quotation) feature. Thus, I can immediately jump from a truncated line to the full game. Of course only where there is this funny icon (grey, light blue and dark blue), BTW, what is it supposed to symbolize?

Speaking about Chessbase 10 which is the product I'm using here: This feature to embed games and to jump to embedded games still seems to be there, but to my embarressment it is completely undocumented. (At least I didn't find anything) I've no idea why this is so.

In contrast to what seems was working in previous versions (when reaching the icon: "If you then press Enter the game reference will automatically appear..."), in Chessbase 10 I now have to hit (the undocumented?) key Cntl+Enter to make the embedded game appear. – BTW, hitting Enter at this point opens the frame for a position search in Chesslive. This is also useful I have to admit, but even funnier that according to the documentation I should instead hit Cntl+Alt+I to get this done.  

So I'm not sure whether Chessbase downgraded anything. But they really made it difficult for me to use and enjoy this feature. Angry

And yet, for me the new style playable eBooks still seem to work fine in Chessbase 10 and I feel inclined to prefer them over the old style ebook.
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So are the playable eBooks - old format (since they haven't been updated as frequently as PDF eBooks) and PDF eBooks are - new format?

No, this has nothing to do with the PDF eBooks.
Compare the Moscow with the Main Slav, for example.
  
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I would appreciate if we have playable ebooks in CB format together with PDFs and game archives. As my practice shown I think if we keep updated the ebooks then it will be easy to create PDFs (or at least i think this is the way how PDFs are generated now). If Tony needs any help in working on these I can offer my service for free. I am a subscriber to Open Sicilian section so I can show him what I did in order to keep the material in one place for own use. Just send me a PM.
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Hm, I am still not sure if I got it correctly.
So are the playable eBooks - old format (since they haven't been updated as frequently as PDF eBooks) and PDF eBooks are - new format?

I am subscriber of d4 d5, d-pawn specials and Daring Defences. Can you give me an example of old and new format in case I haven't got it right? Thanks
  
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You are also talking about new and old format - enlighten me please! Smiley

Originally we made the playable eBooks in the same style as ChessBase or Everyman eBooks, that is: one guiding text linking to lots of other texts, which link to the games. Then I learnt of a feature whereby you could link games from other games, so I experimented with having one guiding text linking to the ChessPub Guides (that you can download from the PGN Archive), which you could play through, which then linked to the individual annotated games.
I hope that makes sense? If not download a newish eBook and a much older one and compare the two.
Now, I quite liked the new type and thought everyone else would, too, but not only has there been almost no positive feedback from subscribers, on top of that ChessBase seem to have downgraded the feature in CB10! Sad
  
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I have only recently subscribed to a few sections. I have noticed both
PDF eBooks and Playable eBooks in each section. I like Playable eBooks much more but they seem to have not been updated as regularly as PDF eBooks. Why is that? Which should I study?
You are also talking about new and old format - enlighten me please! Smiley

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I am using CB Light2007 Premium, so I haven't got any experience on CB10. Sorry.  Cry


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Almost no feedback at all, in fact! Sad
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I know that we have not many feedback

Almost no feedback at all, in fact! Sad
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Tony, have you decided which kind of cbv e-book will you use in the chesspublishing.com site?

I know that we have not many feedback, but to some of us will be important if more frequent updates of the cbv e-book will made.

Obviously, not monthy but may be quarterly?

If we are paying for our subscription, I will be very happy if the cbv e-book would be updated more frequently.

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I thought so. Thanks. I just wanted to be certain. My other problem is how to tweak the order of the lines so the new one will be where it should be.

I am new to Chess Publishing and am just beginning to really enjoy the eBooks.
  
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How do we upgrade the eBooks when new chapters are released? Do we simply copy the line into the old version?

You can simply compare it with the ChessPub Guides, and copy the new variations across to the eBook.
  
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I agree with Fausto. I love the eBooks. I like the pdf version (and will not altogether give it up) but will prefer the eBooks instead if given the choice.

For efficient studying, the eBooks are unparalleled.
  
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I probably won't for the moment as there doesn't appear to be much interest and so I can't really justify the extra work involved.
  
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Tony, have you decided which kind of cbv e-book will you use in the chesspublishing.com site?

I know that we have not many feedback, but to some of us will be important if more frequent updates of the cbv e-book will made.

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I mean for the any kind of e-books.. the PDFs would do..
A simple way to get all PDF ebooks at any given time would be great..

As for the thing you're asking people to do regarding the 'stealing' way, I'm afraid it's unstoppable.. Peer to peer networks have chesspublishing.com material for quite some time now and the source is untraceable - not so often as chessbase DVD material of course, but still any given individual that knows how to search can find this material..

In my opinion, you are handling the whole thing nicely so far.. Convincing people that the content is worth its prize is the best way.. I'm convinced that it does and though I can find the material by "stealing" it, I make the decision to pay because I consider it worthy of its prize..  The forum helps a lot to drive people into that direction me thinks..
  
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trandism wrote on 06/25/08 at 16:00:22:
But the most desirable feature for me would be a "Download All available e-books" button.. 

Do you mean for the PDF eBooks?
Regarding the "stealing way", if anyone knows of a site which publishes our material free can they PM me, please?  Wink
  
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I kinda prefer the new format as well..

But the most desirable feature for me would be a "Download All available e-books" button.. I would even pay some cash if there was a service that would e-mail me twice a month a AllChessPublishingBooks.rar file

Reason for this is that I travel a lot and don't have an internet connection everywhere. I'd love to carry that .rar file with me and just update it every two weeks..

One can always go the "stealing way" and search for some torrent that someone has already compiled.. But since I have made the choice not to steal chesspublishing.com, it'd be great to have that feature the legitimate way
  
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6 votes to the new format (juanitoguate, LeeRoth, boki, Antillian, Oscar6 and myself).

0 votes to the old format.

1 vote to any cbv format and pgn updates (Matemax as mac user)

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Tony, why not post a poll regarding these ebooks? Maybe it could get a better response from subscribers. It could even be a poll within each section (¡?) which seems to me have more visits than the General ones?

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GMTonyKosten wrote on 06/17/08 at 10:09:05:
Five is much less than 1%, surely some other subscribers have an opinion? Also, I'm curious to know the opinion of those using Mac/Linux, who make up quite a large proportion of our subscribers.

Mac and chess is a problem  Grin The best solution now is to update to 10.5 and install "Parallel desktop" - then you are able to run chessbase as well. Below 10.5 you cannot work with chessbase files but need pgn ones and it makes no difference what kind the chessbase files are. Therefore I would suggest to choose the best chessbase format and offer an additional pdf / pgn-Version (Text in pdf, game list as pgn). One can open the pdf (with the text) and replay the games with the pgn-file - this would do for me.
  
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I would like to add my support to the new format as well.Perhaps some subscribers are not actively following theads such as these in the  Forum hence the lack of feedback.
Maybe it would be an idea to put a notice on the Chess Pub homepage to encourage a greater response.
  
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Five is much less than 1%, surely some other subscribers have an opinion? Also, I'm curious to know the opinion of those using Mac/Linux, who make up quite a large proportion of our subscribers.
  
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At these moment, we have:

5 votes to the new format (juanitoguate, LeeRoth, boki, Antillian and myself).

0 votes to the old format.


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Fausto Alava-Moreno wrote on 06/12/08 at 09:42:54:
According to your subscription, the Moscow e-book in the 1. d4 d5 section belongs to the new format and the Main Slav to the old one.

I hope this help you to clarify the differences.

Best wishes,

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Okay thanks. Yes, the new format is better. But even the old format is infinitely superior to pdf books.
  

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I use ChessBase Light 2007 PRO (the full version) and the new format works properly.

So not a problem for me.

I haven´t check it with ChessPrograms like Fritz and Friends.

GMTonyKosten wrote on 06/13/08 at 11:50:46:
One potential disadvantage is that the new format doesn't work in Fritz, or with any of the other engines. Is this a problem for anyone?

  

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One potential disadvantage is that the new format doesn't work in Fritz, or with any of the other engines. Is this a problem for anyone?
  
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I also like the new format very much and it would be great if all pdf-books would be available in this format . If they would be updated monthly this woulb be simply terrific  Smiley
  
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At these moment, we have:

3 votes to the new format (juanitoguate, LeeRoth and myself).

0 votes to the old format.

1 more than a little confused with the formats (Antillian)

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juanitoguate wrote on 06/12/08 at 21:26:05:
The new format is definitely better. You can link immediately to the game if the variation is of interest, whereas in the previous format, you would have to look for the game through a search in chesspub. The new format rocks!  Wink


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The new format is definitely better. You can link immediately to the game if the variation is of interest, whereas in the previous format, you would have to look for the game through a search in chesspub. The new format rocks!  Wink
  
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Antillian wrote on 06/12/08 at 03:45:22:
GMTonyKosten wrote on 06/11/08 at 21:28:06:
[But which type? There are traditional ChessBase ones with a series of text files linking to the games, and the newer type, with one text file linking to the ChessPub Guides, which link to the actual games. Wink


I am more than a little confused.  Huh Can you give me an example of each? Currently I am only subscribed to the 1...e4, Nimzo and 1 d4 d5 section. So if you could give an example within those sections, I could see.


According to your subscription, the Moscow e-book in the 1. d4 d5 section belongs to the new format and the Main Slav to the old one.

I hope this help you to clarify the differences.

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GMTonyKosten wrote on 06/11/08 at 21:28:06:
[But which type? There are traditional ChessBase ones with a series of text files linking to the games, and the newer type, with one text file linking to the ChessPub Guides, which link to the actual games. Wink


I am more than a little confused.  Huh Can you give me an example of each? Currently I am only subscribed to the 1...e4, Nimzo and 1 d4 d5 section. So if you could give an example within those sections, I could see.
  

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Dear Mr. Kosten,

I prefer the new format of playable e-book, with links to the actual games.

I suppose you will generate the pdf files from that playable e-book, and in fact I use ChessBase to work on my opening repertoire.

But this is just my preference as gold suscriber, if there are more feedback in the old style cbv files, it is also fine for me.

What I dislike is to have more thant 70 pdfs files, and just 40 cbv files, more of that updated in 2004.  Huh


GMTonyKosten wrote on 06/11/08 at 16:48:26:
When I introduced the new eBooks (with the links in the actual games) I did envisage being able to update these quite frequently (maybe even monthly, like the PDF eBooks), but despite my efforts to start a discussion about the relative merits of the two types of ChessBase eBooks there has been very little feedback, so I am still not sure which type is generally preferred by the subscribers! Undecided


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Antillian wrote on 06/11/08 at 19:45:19:
I am all for ebooks.

But which type? There are traditional ChessBase ones with a series of text files linking to the games, and the newer type, with one text file linking to the ChessPub Guides, which link to the actual games. Wink
  
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I am all for ebooks. I end up invariably entering my study game into chessbase anyway, do it saves me the trouble if it comes in that format.
  

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When I introduced the new eBooks (with the links in the actual games) I did envisage being able to update these quite frequently (maybe even monthly, like the PDF eBooks), but despite my efforts to start a discussion about the relative merits of the two types of ChessBase eBooks there has been very little feedback, so I am still not sure which type is generally preferred by the subscribers! Undecided
  
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Is it possible to make more frequent updates of the cbv e-books?

Not a monthly update , but a couple of times a year, may be useful.

Thank you very much.

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