Availability, Formats, Devices, Usage, and Ordering Information
Bush Medicine of the Bahamas
Availability: Currently, e-book orders are accepted for purchase in the following countries: Australia, Great Britain, France, Germany, and Italy. If your country is not on this list, and you wish to purchase an e-book or have questions about availability please contact the lead author Jeff McCormack. The list of countries will be expanded based on inquiries received.
E-book orders are not yet available for customers in the U.S., Canada, or the Bahamas. When printing costs are recovered, the e-book will be available in those countries.
Formats: Available formats are EPUB and PDF (English language). Each format has advantages and disadvantages.
The EPUB format is a widely accepted, widely supported, standardized format used by publishers, readers, and device makers. It has features similar to web pages such as reflowable text and hyperlinks. The main advantage of EPUB is that it generally gives the best reader experience, especially on small reader devices. Though reflowable text is generally advantageous, there can be downsides depending on the device or software used to display the book. For example, on pages containing large photos, the photo caption may flow to the top of the next page making it more difficult to associate the caption with the photo. Another example is that a subheading might be orphaned at the bottom of the page instead of being kept with the first sentence below the subheading.
The PDF format is also widely supported. Its best feature is that it gives the closest representation of the physical book. This can be advantageous when there are indexes in the book that refer to the page numbers of the physical book. Another advantage of a PDF format is that some captions and headings may not be orphaned as they might be in an EPUB (depending on the app or reader device). A disadvantage of PDF is that it may require more scrolling, especially on smaller devices, depending on the device or reader software. In general, a PDF formatted e-book may have fewer hyperlinks than an EPUB formatted e-book. Both PDF and EPUB formats are freely searchable, though searching capability may depend on the type of reader (app) that is used.
There are several advantages of using the EPUB format for "Bush Medicine of the Bahamas." One advantage is that corrections and updates are easily incorporated, including the addition of new material, such as commentary or additional photographs. Another advantage is that (unlike the PDF format) the color plates are conveniently integrated into the Materia Medica chapter text making it easier to match the color plates with the medicinal plant descriptions and uses. In the PDF format version of the book, the color plates are grouped together in the center of the book (as they are in the physical book), but they are less accessible in terms of relating the photo to the relevant text. In the case of this book, the advantage of PDF is that the index page numbers correspond to actual page numbers of the physical book, and captions and subheadings are never orphaned.
Whichever format you chose may be based on your personal preferences including your preferred reading device and software. Note: EPUB or PDF e-books can not be read on a Kindle which requires the Mobi format.
Devices: Select the format of your choice for reading on one or more of the following devices shown in the table below:
|Desktop||yes||yes||Use the reader of your choice.|
|Laptop||yes||yes||Use the reader of your choice.|
|Android||yes||yes||Search the Android Marketplace for the reader app of your choice.|
|iPad||yes||yes||Read it on your iPad|
|iPhone||yes||yes||Read it in iBooks or reader of your choice|
|iPod touch||yes||yes||Read it in iBooks or reader of your choice|
|Kindle||n/a||n/a||Not available for Kindle which requires the proprietary Mobi format.|
|Sony Reader||yes||no||EPUB works well on the Sony Reader|
|Other||inquire||inquire||The e-book reader and device alternatives are evolving.|
Usage: The term e-book refers to an electronic version of the printed book. Though the e-book is protected by copyright, your e-book is free of DRM (Digital Rights Management). This gives you lots of freedom in how, when, where, how long you use it, and how many devices are used to store your e-book. You have lifetime access to the book when you purchase your e-book directly from the author. If you buy an e-book you may lend it to another person, just as you would a print book, provided that you do not keep any copies of the book on your device(s) after you lend it. You may not sell your e-book online. This is somewhat similar to the situation when you lend a book to a friend -- you no longer have a copy on your bookshelf. You may copy, paste, and print out several pages of the book for your own reference, but you may not distribute printed copy. Your lifetime access benefit allows for replacement of your book in case of loss. Lifetime access is not transferable. Your e-book is personalized with your name, and contains the version number and date with updates, if any.
Ordering Information: You can download either the EPUB or PDF version of the e-book as many times as you want for a limited time shortly after purchase. If you lose your e-book, contact us to get access to a replacement download.
The e-book price for "Bush Medicine of the Bahamas" is $21.30 which is a 43% discount off the retail price for the hardcover. This includes lifetime access.
Place Order: Send your complete contact information using the contact form on the Order Inquiries page. Required information is your complete mailing address and telephone number. Also indicate which e-book format you would like to download. After we receive you contact information, we will be able to verify your address. Then you will receive an email giving information about how to purchase and download your e-book.