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Command Line Compile with PW

Librum Is it possible to 'batch process' compiles?

What I would like to have is a 'batch file' for a 'run' of books.  Pseudoscript example:

ccwebook.exe book1.asp password1
ccwebook.exe book2.asp password1
ccwebook.exe book3.asp password1


This would really ease my distribution problems.  
I have a BUNCH of ebooks, and people want to 'smorgasborg'.  No pattern.  One from collumn a, two from b, etc.

I would like to set a single password for a series of ebooks, burn the directory to cd, and send the CD.  This way the customer does not have to send a password number for each and every.

I tried using the same password list, but customers get different password numbers.  

A confused,


Posted on: 11:20 pm on March 11, 2004
Storyman Librum,

I was thinking of something along the same line, but with a slight variation.

What I would like to do is offer a series of booklets in one download. The user could then preview the first chapter in each booklet, but would have to pay separately to unlock each title. Or if the user so choose they could pay to unlock all of the titles at once (at a discounted rate).

Even if they do only purchase one title at first the other four titles persist, which increases the chances that they will be purchased at a future date.

The point is that they are more likely to commit to one download than a series of downloads. It is a "pay as you go" approach, but the important thing is that it is already on their hard drive and they have ready access to it.

The fact that if there are five books that there could be five passwords doesn't bother me because it makes it easier for them to purchase what they want with the least amount of effort.

Maybe someone has already figured out a way to do this and if they have I would appreciate knowing.

Posted on: 8:41 am on April 21, 2004
Librum Storyman,

Our ebooks are HUGE.  Downloading is not an option.  Our specialty is old technical references, which do not OCR.  Typesets did not standardize until the 40s.  So 'scan books'.

And we are talking over seventy ebooks.  

We are a 'Librum', which is 'community library' in deitch.  

I had to figure out a different system, due to lack of response to my question/request.

My solution, clumsy as it is, was to create three standardized 'demoware' cds, with each ebook allowing 25 openings.  The password lists are the same on each individual cd.

The different password number with same password list seems to have been mysteriously dissappeared.  After I installed compilor on a new system.

So, if customer registers, it is a 'blanket' registration of all the ebooks on the cd.

So now I send out the 'demoware' cds at $10, with US s&h of $5 and International s&h of $10.  Priority mail.  

But nobody wants to pay more than $10 for the unlock.

But custom burned individual ebooks sell for $50 and up.  Easy.

So my question still stands.  Can this be batched with the password on the command line?  Major $$$ difference.


Posted on: 2:32 pm on April 21, 2004
Storyman Librum,

I'm not sure what you mean by "Typesets did not standardize until the 40s." and that they can't be OCRed. The OCR program I use is Omni Page and have not had any difficulty with books printed as far back as the 1800s.

As presented it sounds like the e-book is made up entirely of graphics; since it has not been OCRed. Does the book have to be delivered in electronic form? Have you considered POD (Print On Demand). From what I've seen if the run is less than 600 copies it is a strong alternative to out right publication.

What makes POD so attractive is that it doesn't matter if you print a few copies or a hundred because the price is about the same. Avoid those places you have seen on the internet that charge a set up fee and take a hefty percentage of the profits. I'm not saying that they are bad or anything like that. It is that you can do better if you check around locally and find out who is doing POD for local corporations. The local vendors in my area even offer ISBNs in case you plan to sell on Amazon.  (I'd suggest you buy your own ISBNs, however.)

I hope someone answers your question about the command line batching because it seems that it is something that would be helpful to me too.


If you think that sales will reach above 600 copies it might be worth having the book retyped (high school kids today do well with typing and sure can use the money).

Posted on: 4:57 pm on April 21, 2004
Librum I am still waiting...  Please tell me that it is being considered in next release.

Storeyman, I have Omnipage.  Not to be offensive, but actually one of the poorer OCR programs in the stable.  The books we usually recover are in poor shape.

Posted on: 6:53 am on June 22, 2004
Storyman Librum,

No offense taken. I started with version 3 or 4 have have just stuck with it. Which program would you suggest?

Maybe I don't fully understand Activ-ebook, but was wondering if you could accomplish what you want simply by copying all of the key codes generated by book #1 and pasting the key codes into book #2 and book #3. Wouldn't that then give all three books the same security code?

Posted on: 3:10 pm on June 22, 2004


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