....as you have. I thought I should try to draw some more attention to your fine act by posting this thank you. Because you chose to restore it many more will enjory the history and content for years to come.
I think it would be a great idea to digitally restore at least one of these books. Take advantage of the fact that the binding is loose and get a really good scan of each and every page. Turn them into a .pdf and include a CD with that file along with the book on its journey. This way, the current condition of the book will be preserved (digitally) form any further aging.
I'd be more than willing to to that for the community. (and give myself a chance to read this book in the process!) I'm no lawyer, but as long as no one tries to make money this way, I can't see any copyright laws being broken.
At any rate, please keep me in mind for any of these books going around.
I will refrain from such acts, as this is your copy and will respect your wishes, just as I respect Tom Gaylord's sweat and intellectual property.
My (former) thought were to preserve the paper and not disseminate the file any further than where the paper goes. Just a thought of preservation in case he never decides to reprint. If he did, I would be first in line to buy it hot off the press.
I guess the matter of DRM (digital rights management) is still unmastered. The honor system would be the only police.
Oklahoma Bill started passing his copy of the book around and I thought it was such a noble gesture I sent mine out. The first guy to get it, Pierre in Canada, paid shipping in both directions which was also a nice gesture. It's been around the world and read to death and thanks to Ron for having it restored in loose leaf form. Willie tried to fix it but I guess the binding was too far gone. Another thing that impressed me was everyone informed me where it was at and none hogged it - Thanks.
If Tom Gaylord comes out with an updated R1 book, I bet most of the guys that borrowed it would buy it.
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