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when will the head first books available in epub format?

When will the head first books be available in epub format for use in ibooks on the ipad?
I am looking to get Head First SQL and JSP/Servlets but won't purchase any books unless they are epub.

epub on the ipad allows you to highlight paragraphs and add notes to a book.
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  • Hi smith7075,

    Unfortunately, we have no plans in the near future to make books in the Head First series available in EPUB format.

    While we try to make O'Reilly titles available in as many different electronic formats as possible in our ebook bundles, the graphically rich nature of Head First titles is extremely difficult to faithfully translate into an HTML format like EPUB. Much of the precision in layout would be lost, and we don't believe the reading experience would be satisfactory to customers.

    That said, all of the Head First titles are available in PDF format, and the latest version of iBooks for iPad (released earlier this week) includes a PDF reader. iBooks does not currently support PDF highlighting or annotations, but there are several other PDF readers available for iPad that do. Most notably, iAnnotate PDF is specifically geared for this purpose:

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/iannot...

    Please let me know if you have additional questions, or if I can help further.

    Thanks,
    Sanders
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  • What I find though is that some of the earlier books, like Java the pdf file displayed get jumbled up and are not useful at all.
    Is this an issue with the iPAD or perhaps an earlier version of the pdf format?
    The latest ones are not an issue.
    Why?
    Regards
    Ed
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  • BTW the same issue occurs with Oreilly pdfs as well.
    The Up and running with Cocoa and objective C all the screen shots of the Xcode GUI are all blank boxes. I have sent emails to you, but no response.
    epub is no problem, although goodreader and readdle have an issue with epub in landscape mode on the iPad.

    I have tried earlier pdfs of Head first books with all the mobile readers of the iPad and they all share the garbled page issue.
    Regards
    Ed
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  • Hi Ed,

    I'm sorry for the problems that you've experienced with our ebooks. The ebooks team will check this out.

    I'm curious, you mentioned that you sent us emails and didn't hear back; I'd like to figure out why this happened. What email address did you use to try to contact us?

    Regards,

    Rachel James
    O'Reilly Media, Inc.
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    I'm sorry, but the "highly graphical" nature of the books is an excuse, not a reason. Images can be resized readily without interfering with layout, and the ability to reflow text to match changes in chosen font sizes is a major plus to ePubs or other standard formats. I regularly expand font sizes on Sitepoint's marvelous ePub editions in order to make the text easier to read, and the reflow means my comfort level at reading is a lot higher.

    PDFs are a very poor second best for tutorial materials, and I've given up buying technical eBooks unless they're available as ePubs or there is no substitute for the book involved.
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  • Hi e_w_bear,

    You raise some very good points regarding the advantages of ePub over PDF, including their reflowable nature and the ability to resize the text. This is indeed why we strive to make our ebooks available in as many different electronic formats as possible, so customers can choose the format that best meets their needs.

    That said, where Head First books are concerned, we do not believe the content is suitable for a reflowable format like EPUB. While the graphical nature of Head First does make it more difficult to translate to EPUB's HTML format, the real dealbreaker is that these books were explicitly designed so that each page was a distinct entity with a carefully crafted layout. In these books, text intentionally does not flow from page to page, like it does in O'Reilly's Animal Guides, for example. We believe that allowing this content to reflow would actually hamper the reading experience more than it benefited it.

    We'd certainly love to make Head First titles available in EPUB and Mobi, but we just don't feel we can do so at this time in a way that maintains the integrity of the series and meets the quality standards we set for our ebook formats.

    We will continue to evaluate this stance in the coming year, as EPUB is an evolving standard, and it is possible that future versions of the specifications will enable us to better preserve the page layout of the print book.

    Thanks again for your feedback.

    Best,
    Sanders
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  • :( I wanted to read Head First Java on my Nook. I own the book but I want in electronic format (epub) for better readability. Please make this happen!
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  • Hi Adan,

    This is an old thread, so it has outdated information. Most Head First books are now available in multiple formats on oreilly.com (as well as being available on Amazon, etc.). You can see the available formats with the ebook info on book pages on our site, like: http://shop.oreilly.com/product/9780596009205.do.

    I hope that helps. Please let us know if you have more questions.

    Regards,

    Rachel James
    O'Reilly Media
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