2011 was a year when we immersed ourselves in the process of converting existing titles to eBook format. You can now read most of your favorite SAS books on your Kindle or iPad or access them for any device through the Google eBookstore. We are currently in the process of converting titles for the Nook – look for a growing selection throughout 2012.
Many people assume that making a hardcopy book into an eBook is pretty straightforward. We thought so too. However, we have learned (the hard way) that taking existing content that was written with one output format in mind, does not necessarily translate easily into a different format. Furthermore, a conversion to one device doesn’t necessarily render on other devices.
Our goal moving forward is to write all content so that it can be easily converted to any output format. So, most of the hard work and learning that we’ve done this year is behind us. We need to hear from you as to whether making these books available for your e-reader is worth the effort. Do you have an interest in reading them without having to go to the support.sas.com site? Is there value there? Is there a certain type of book you would prefer to read as an eBook? If you live outside North America, are eBooks a less expensive alternative for you? Please let us know.