Version 1.5 and Free Software

by NJB // // Lafayette, CO

Version 1.5 of the Nantucket E-Books™ software has been released. It includes multitudinous bug fixes and cosmetic improvements, and some features have been removed.

Among the new features are a home button in the menu for easier navigation, new tutorials in the Arrowhead text editor, and syntax for highlighting, underlining, and crossing-out text.

I am also pleased to say that Nantucket E-Books™ is now a free software project. All client-side JavaScript on nantucketebooks.com has been released under the GPL Version 3, while the Shanty markup language manual and the FAQ page have been released under the GNU Free Documentation License.

One of my goals with Nantucket E-Books™ was to make an e-book that respected the reader’s freedom. I accomplished part of that goal by creating e-books that were DRM-free, and saved reader information to the reader’s device, instead of a server.

To make Nantucket E-Books™ a fully free-software project, I consulted the Free Software Foundation’s guide to releasing JavaScript under a Free Software license. All pages on the site that run JavaScript, including all e-books, have a link to a new Software Licenses page, which provides a link to each script’s license, and a link to each script’s source code. This makes the website compliant with GNU LibreJS, a Mozilla browser plugin that tries to prevent non-free JavaScript from running.

You may review the changes in 1.5 on the Nantucket E-Books™ Versions page.

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