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    1851 Bowditch at StarPath
    From: William Allen
    Date: 2003 Jan 29, 15:25 -0800

    Hi guys,
    I'm sorry to respond to another email with an off-thread topic, but I
    have not yet figured out how to start a new top line thread. (Any quick
    Most of you probably already know this, but I just purchased a
    page-by-page scanned version of the 1851 Bowditch.  It is available for
    about $40 or so from www.starpath.com.
    I received the CD very quickly (Fedex) and registered it (quite an
    involved registration process) and finally got it open.
    It is a very high quality product on a PDF file, although the pages
    tended to load a bit slowly on my old computer.
    The big drawback is that you are NOT allowed to print any part of it --
    which caught me by surprise!  (Maybe I'm just behind the times and
    everyone else knows this.)
    I would have enjoyed reading the 1851 Bowditch very much, and I applaud
    the effort Starpath put in to create this and the reasonable pricing.
    But I for one am limited in the time I can spend in front of a computer
    because of neck injuries.  So this makes computer-read-only products
    like this practically useless to me (this is the first time I have
    purchased such an item).  With our aging population, physical problems
    from working in front of computers for too long must surely be on the
    rise?  Does any one else have this problem?  Where does that put those
    of us with these disabilities in position vis-a-vis the e-books?
    Also, I believe in working methodically through the examples in these
    types of books, which requires pencil and calculator notations.  I was
    very excited at the prospect of having the ability to print pages with
    examples that I could scribble all over and still have the clean text.
    (Right now I have to photocopy pages in my Bowditches, Nories, etc. to
    do this.)
    In any event, the 1851 Bowditch from Starpath appears to be similar
    (espeically with regard to the discussion on lunars) to the 1821 and
    other editions that I already own straddling the 1851 date.
    David Burch at Starpath was very fair and gave me an immediate refund
    (and turned off my access code, of course).  He mentioned that new CDs
    will clearly warn that the information is not printable.  Looking at the
    CD wrapping for the copy I received, I read:
    "Exact reporduction of the 1851 edition of The New American Practical
    Navigator by Nathaniel Bowditch.  Bookmarked and fully searchable."  But
    there is nothing to warn about the NO PRINT and it is equally unclear in
    the web-page ad. (Interestingly, in the web-page ad Starpath offers to
    donate this e-book to any library free of charge, but they can't seem to
    figure out a way to offer a printed copy to those of us who are paying
    customers with disabilities?)
    I hope this will be useful to some of the members.

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