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    Here is the list of books authorised for redistribution and are copyright Bruce Smith and collaborating authors, in addition layout, design and content of these books are copyright Bruce Smith.

    Amiga Workbench Booster Pack - by Bruce Smith and Paul Andreas Overaa - Feb 1996 - 512 pages - ISBN 1873308418
    Insider Guide Series: Amiga 600 - by Bruce Smith - Jan 1993 - 256 pages - ISBN 1873308140
    Insider Guide Series: Amiga 1200 - by Bruce Smith - Feb 1993 - 256 pages - ISBN 1873308159
    Insider Guide Series: Amiga Workbench 3 A-Z - by Bruce Smith - May 1994 - 256 pages - ISBN 1873308280
    Mastering Amiga - by Bruce Smith and Mark Webb - April 1993 - 320 pages - ISBN 1873308175
    Mastering Amiga DOS 2 - Volume 1 - by Bruce Smith and Mark Smiddy - August 1992; 2nd edition - 416 pages - ISBN 1873308108
    Mastering Amiga DOS 2 - Volume 2 - by Bruce Smith and Mark Smiddy - August 1992; 2nd edition - 368 pages - ISBN 1873308094
    Mastering Amiga DOS 3 Tutorial - by Mark Smiddy and Bruce Smith - Nov 1993 - 416 pages - ISBN 1873308205
    Mastering Amiga Workbench 2 - by Bruce Smith - Sept 1992 - 320 pages - ISBN 1873308086
    Total Amiga Amigados - By Bruce Smith - Oct 1995 - 416 pages - ISBN 1873308566
    Total Amiga Workbench - by Bruce Smith - Oct 1995 - 352 pages - ISBN 1873308558

    Also note as a condition of getting permission to distribute these books some restrictions have been put in place as follows.
    Distribution of these books unless otherwise stated are restricted to ultimateamiga.co.uk, classicamiga.com and combinedworks.org.
    Distributing these books alongside unauthorised work is prohibited regardless of who the author is.

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    Current status of other books in the search.

    Stephen Hill author of 'Amiga Games Maker's Manual'
    The publishers forwarded my request to the address they had, but no updates from the publishers or response from Stephen.

    However there is a Stephen Hill known as self_shadow who is the 3D Technical Lead at Ubisoft Montreal, Canada. A coincidence, probably. I've attached a picture of this Stephen hill, could be the son of the one I am looking for or he has aged damn well.

    Anybody able to confirm this Stephen Hill or am I miles out.

    Jason Holborn author of 'Ultimate AMOS'
    I contacted Jason Holborn through his website and got a response. He confirmed that he is the author of 'Ultimate AMOS' but he didn't get my first message. I forward the original message to him and am waiting for a response.

    Dicon Peeke author of Writing role playing games for Amos
    As yet, no response to my eMail, however as far as I can determine Richard 'Dicon' Peeke has not been active on the internet since October 2011. Dicon, hope your okay.

    Anne Tucker and Len Tucker authors of 'AMOS in Action: A Practical Guide to Mastering AMOS on the Amiga'
    Zero success

    Peter J Hickman author of the "All About AMOS" Newsletters.
    Zero success in finding Peter. Peter are you there, hello, is anybody out there?
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    Re: List of Amiga Reference Books

    Brilliant work mate. This will give a great start to begin a real official bookshelf/reference library on classicamiga. I will try to get something started this week on the official pages for this. :-)

    A question I now have. I know some of these books are unofficially on other sites for download. We have been granted exclusive rights to host them, so I think we will need to protect this permission by either asking other sites to remove the books, or for them to redirect to our sites instead. I will chat with Zetr0 to ask him about this, as he knows his stuff regarding legal and copyright issues and laws.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harrison View Post
    Brilliant work mate. This will give a great start to begin a real official bookshelf/reference library on classicamiga. I will try to get something started this week on the official pages for this. :-)
    Cheers, in your own time Harrison, I've still got to design the pages for Ultimate Amiga and I'm in no rush to do that .
    I've done some more reconsidering on this project and decided I am not going to totally rely on people scanning books, I'm going to purchase all of them myself for several reasons. If you look at the my project management page for "The Great Amiga Author Hunt" you will see I have got a few things I want to do with the books. Basically I need the books scanned at the highest possible resolution, something as silly as 2600dpi and scanned at 20 pages/minute, esspecially as there are nearly 200 books.

    Quote Originally Posted by Harrison View Post
    A question I now have. I know some of these books are unofficially on other sites for download. We have been granted exclusive rights to host them, so I think we will need to protect this permission by either asking other sites to remove the books, or for them to redirect to our sites instead. I will chat with Zetr0 to ask him about this, as he knows his stuff regarding legal and copyright issues and laws.
    This is a dilemma i was worrying about, as these other sites have provided the community a great service and in some way need to be respected. Considering this, a redirect to our sites is the best solution . That way they can list the books but for download, users go to an authorised site.

    This is how I see it working:

    Ultimate Amiga will be members only access, i.e. must sign in to download/read the books. Ultimate Amiga will provide two services, the download of books and the online reading of books. dbODF is the project I am working on to provide the online reading service.

    Classic Amiga will provide the public facing side for downloads, no registration or logging in. Although I think there will need to be some sort of captcha/question system in place to stop leechers and unauthorised usage from non Amiga related sites and advertisement based / commercial sites. Basically protect your bandwith. Your thoughts on this?

    CombinedWorks, I'll decide what services will be provided at a future date. I need to get the site up and running first and that will take a while.

    And don't forget to pm your choice of books.

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    Bandwidth isn't too much of an issue as the servers are on unlimited bandwidth with a dedicated 100Mbit line. But I agree that a system does need to be in place to stop off site file linking, or sites leaching content directly. I will have a think on the best way to do that... I don't want it to be too intrusive for users, just stop the off site connections directly to the files.

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    Progress Update: Good and Bad News

    The Good News
    Jason Holborn author of 'Ultimate AMOS'
    Just got a reply from Jason (Now Jason Brown, bardophotographic), and he has given permission for Amiga related sites to distribute his book, pending confirmation from future publishing on the copyright status of the book.

    Restrictions on distribution: xAMOS and UltimateAmiga must remain non commercial, if this changes a license fee will be required. Also the book may not be distributed with any kind of commercial software or on commercial sites, a license fee will be required for any form of commercial distribution.

    I'll contact Future Publishing to confirm the copyright Status and to request permission to distribute if the copyright remains with them.

    The Bad News
    Current status of other books in the search.

    Stephen Hill author of 'Amiga Games Maker's Manual'
    Status: I'm Going to give this one last attempt and then I'm closing the book on this one.
    Conclusion: Unlikely

    Dicon Peeke author of 'Writing role playing games for Amos'
    Status: No Response
    Conclusion: Permission Denied

    Anne Tucker and Len Tucker authors of 'AMOS in Action: A Practical Guide to Mastering AMOS on the Amiga'
    Status: Untraceable
    Conclusion: Permission Denied

    Peter J Hickman author of the "All About AMOS" Newsletters.
    Status: Untraceable
    Conclusion: Permission Denied


    Changing this, got to much work todo to chase this book any further.
    Stephen Hill author of 'Amiga Games Maker's Manual'
    Status: No Response
    Conclusion: Permission Denied
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    Harrison, is the wiki book list available in a delimited format, it would help my work if I could sort it by author or other category depending on purpose.

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    Progress Update:

    Permission Granted
    With the help of Paul Townsend of AmigaOne Productions I was able to contact Anne Tucker and she has kindly allowed the AMOS in Action book to be part of this preservation project.
    Anne Tucker and Len Tucker authors of 'AMOS in Action: A Practical Guide to Mastering AMOS on the Amiga'
    Status: Found
    Conclusion: Permission Granted

    Status Update
    Got a response from Future Publishing and although they cannot establish the copyright status of the following books/supplements they have no problem with distribution within this project if they are the publishers. I now need to track down the authors and get their permissions as well.


    • Amiga Format Presents A1200s, CD-ROMs and the Things You Have to Know - by Steve Faragher - 27 Jul 1995 - 100 pages - ISBN 1898275262


    • Amiga Format ScreenPlay 2 - by Maff Evans - 1991 - 195 pages - ASIN B000XQXOO0


    • Complete Amiga C - by Cliff Ramshaw - 1994 - 314 Pages - ISBN 1898275106


    • The Amiga Format Bumper Book of Amiga Hints and Tips - by Veitch nick (edited) - 1993 - 98 pages - ASIN B0000COLJ2


    • The Amiga Format Guide to Amiga DeskTop Video - by Derek Whiteley - 1 Dec 1993 - 300 pages - ISBN 1898275084


    • The Amiga Shopper PD Directory - by Ian Wrigley, Phil South and Jason Holborn - Dec 1993 - 526 pages - ISBN 1898275114


    • Amiga format: Get the most out of your Amiga - Unknown Author - 1992 - 168 pages - ISBN 1872666051


    • Amiga Format Presents: Get into CD-ROM with your A1200 Start-up Guide - Unknown (Author - year - pages - ISBN) - Magazine Supplement


    • Amiga Format Presents: Get into the Net with your Amiga Start-up Guide - Unknown (Author - year - pages - ISBN) - Magazine Supplement

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    Re: List of Amiga Reference Books

    Brilliant work. We should be able to start creating the actual reference library with a selection of books to get us started after the new year.

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    You do really an impressive research mate. I'm really speechless.
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