Get with the times and make them e-books, thank you.
I was also thinking that it would be good for someone on this site to do some of the "Move by move" games on here. I think the visual format of being able to click through and back and forth would be perfect for some every single move explained games.
They should come in .pdf and .pgn/.cbv but unfortunately they have to be self-contained because not everyone has these programs. And to devise some software just for a book is prohibitively expensive I would think.
It would be even better if chess books came animated and fully transcribed into audio, like the Chessmaster Waitzkin Academy, where the pieces move automatically and squares of note are highlighted, etc.
Perhaps with the take up of iPads tablets and the like we will soon see interactive books as the norm, chess books would certainly benefit.
Transcribing your favourite chess books into .pgn yourself SUCKS!
But if 3-4 players would decide each to do 1 book, after 1-2 months you could have 3-4 books in pgn or cbv
That's a big if I think.
There's already a repository of .pgn's of a bunch of chess books, the Ossimitz collection:
Then there are the copyright concerns - there are no Gambit books in the Ozzimitz collection by request from that company.
I fully agree. In my opinion a book (paper or pdf) + .pgn file is a real winner. Fortunately pgns for many books can be found on the internet. Actually since some time I don't even consider a book for study if I don't have a pgn.
About one month ago I've actually sent an email to both Gambit and New in Chess suggesting them to make pgns available for free download. Gambit replied that they'll think about it. New in Chess answer was like it will incur some additional expenses. I think it's a joke. Just can't believe any chess author these days prepares a book and doesn't create database with examples.
I am working now to compile a pgn for "Improve Your Chess Now" by Jonathan Tisdall.
Well I simply don't buy books that aren't in digital format. Just like I don't buy video games I can't simply download to play. I think it mostly comes down to not wanting to wait a week for what I want to read to get to me. This is for all books, not just chess.
When I am looking for a new fiction book to read I look through what is available for my kindle. If it isn't available for the kindle I move on to something else.
Just seems like not offering books in digital format at this point isn't smart as each year more people switch to digital and less buy print. Why let the times get the better of you instead of getting on board with the changes and maximize profits?
I personally hate reading e-books.