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Today, I would be loathe to produce printed manuals at all. Like you, to me
it makes more sense to use print on demand publishing.
In fact, with POD publishers on all the major continents these days, if I
were involved with any product sold internationally I would think that
manuals produced and shipped locally would be an advantage.
As for color, I understand that color e-ink screens will be available within
a year. If they can preserve anything like the present resolution, that
would seem ideal for your use.
On Mon, Sep 13, 2010 at 15:13, Stephen Arrants <steve -at- mbfbioscience -dot- com>wrote:
> David Neeley writes:
> > I have been enjoying a new (to me) ebook reader--in my case the Cybook
> > Opus.
> > Since they support .pdf files, I was wondering if anyone has seen them
> > used
> > by customers as a highly portable documentation platform. I would
> > that
> > repair people in the field, for example, could make good use of them
> > when
> > repairing complex machinery without having to have a computer nearby.
> [Stephen Arrants]
> We considered it and it makes sense for us, but we NEED color for our
> documentation (stereology and neuroscience applications). Until there's
> color available,
> we're sitting on the sidelines.
> As is, we are no longer shipping a printed manual. Instead, it will be
> an option for the
> customer. If the customer wants a manual it will be a print-on-demand
> item and shipped from the printer.
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