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Web Version of Books

January 1st, 2010 No comments

Here’s an email I just sent Fred Shapiro, editor of the Yale Book of Quotations:

I don’t see a web version on the website. There should be one. Your publisher may be worried about losing book sales. What you can do is this:

1. Put a serial number in each book.
2. The buyer sends in his serial number an email address.
3. He then gets a password.
4. A new password is emailed to that serial number every year (or month, or whatever), replacing the old one.

That would be good enough security to avoid most cannibalization, I think, and would greatly increase the value of the book.

Publishers *should* know about simple things like this, but I bet they don’t, and think security requires something more burdensome for all concerned.

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December 6th, 2007 No comments

HTML Password Protection. There’s no way to put password protection in a webpage via HTML commands, but it can be done with a simple javascript available from HTML Goodies. Here is how I got it to work. Take the code and replace the password (peppermint) and the web page address (scripttip73correct.html) with your own names. Then put the code into the file that’s publicly linked. Clicking on the link will take people to the script code file, and if they get the password right it passes them on to the file you’re protecting. This protection method is not very strong, since the password is written in the file, but it is pretty easy at least.

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