> -----Original Message-----
> From: Peter Hickman [mailto:peter / semantico.com]
> Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2004 10:50 AM
> To: ruby-talk / ruby-lang.org
> Subject: Re: [ANN] Programming Ruby available for pre-order
> 
> 
> Dale Martenson wrote:
> 
> >Burn the PDF on a CD and keep this as your digital copy. 
> When you share the
> >CD, only one person has exclusive access to it. 
> >  
> >
> How long will it takes them to drag it from the CD onto their 
> desktop? 
> Very few people will have the time or inclination to photocopy a book 
> (outside of university students that is) so the loan of a book very 
> rarely results in the creation of a fresh copy. But a PDF? It 
> will take 
> no effort at all to copy and people will probably do it just 
> to get your 
> CD out of their drive and get it back to you before you start to nag 
> them for it.

That goes without saying. "Trust" is a big part of the equation. Dave and
Andy allowing digital copies to be available is a fantastic thing. We should
all thank them, pony up our money and do are best not to abuse their
generosity.