28 May 2009

ManualsMania Store


we have quietly introduced the ManualsMania Store in the past days.

The reason for this move is simple: costs. Advertising revenues are not sufficient to recover our operational costs we have decided to introduce the store.

Currently only a small part of our 700,000+ manuals catalog has been placed on the store. We still want to keep ManualsMania as free as possible, but we are sure you understand that we have to cover our costs (nobody is getting rich here, trust us :-).

The pricing for the manuals on the Store is a fixed 1.99$. We believe it's a very honest price, especially when you check out there (10$ is a common figure).

If you have questions or problems on the store, just drop us an email and we will get back to you ASAP

The ManualsMania Team

31 March 2009

Supporting the Open Cloud Manifesto

Hi all,

not sure how many of you have followed the whole discussion about the Open Cloud Manifesto.

We don't want to bother you with another summary, you can just go to Google and find some links for this, much quicker for all.

Bottom line is that ManualsMania supports this initiative and we encourage everybody to form their own opinion on the subject. We have tried to come up with a good explanation of why we are supporting it, but we found that someone else had already done an excellent job, so we would like to just quote what Erik Carlin wrote on Mosso's blog (disclosure ManualsMania is hosted at Mosso):

"The Open Cloud Manifesto is just the beginning. Real action and collaboration are the keys going forward if we are to achieve anything meaningful. Like a good wine, good Texas steak, or any other standardization effort, cloud standardization will have to take its course. Rackspace is fully committed to providing customers choice, flexibility, interoperability, and portability as we believe it will drive wider cloud adoption, and that will benefit everyone. A rising tide will float all… clouds."

The above sentence really reflects our view (except for the Texas steak that we'd rather replace with "Italian food"), and we are committed to provide our support to it.

As always comments or feeback are more than welcome

The ManualsMania Team

23 February 2009

Worth A Try

well, with the current times, we see no problem in using this technique... :-)


19 February 2009

Moving the Servers...

Hi all,

we know we are not the best communicators when it comes to blogging, but that's because we are very busy behdind the scenes improving our catalog, setting up partnerships etc etc...

Anyway, this to announce that we are moving the site to a new hosting provider, so that's why you see a "Maintenance" page at the moment...

The move should improve the performance of the site dramatically and we should see futher improvements down the line.

We will keep you posted on how things go, so far so good..

The ManualsMania Team

12 August 2008

Email: Hotmail OK, Yahoo! not...


a quick update on our issues with email confirmations.

We have solved the issues we had we Hotmail. Registration with Hotmail accounts are now available again.

On the other hand we have received complaints around Yahoo! accounts. We have contacted Yahoo! and we are waiting for their feedback on how to solve the issue.

In the meantime we are going to block registrations with Yahoo! accounts to avoid frustration for those who try and register.

Our sincere apologies for the inconvenience, but we are very much dependent on the receiving party for this kind of issues.

The ManualsMania Team

31 July 2008

Full Preview of more than 200,000 manuals

Hello all,

we have just launched the Full Preview feature of more than 200,000 manuals via iPaper.

For technical reason not all manuals can be previewed in iPaper, but our aim is to publish as many as possible.

We really hope you will appreciate our effort, it has taken more than a month to perform all the conversion and a lot of work went into it from our team.

Enjoy the preview!!!

The ManualsMania Team

04 June 2008

Some Technical News

Hello all,

we have a couple of technical things to communicate today:

1- We are sorry, but we are being forced to introduce a mandatory registration due to some abuses in the use of our service in the past period. We will bring this live in the coming days. Anway, be reassured, we will not be using your emails for spamming activities, we hate spam as much as you do, so don't worry...

2- We also have to inform you that Hotmail email addresses won't be accepted for the registration anymore. This is also something that goes beyond our intention and it's due to Hotmail's Spamming Filters. Apparently Hotmail filters are so powerful that they even stop legitimate emails, without bouncing them! Basically we send an email that never arrives and we never get an error message.

We spent a couple of weeks exchanging email with Hotmail support, but nothing happened despite our support in solving the situation, therefore we are pulling the plug for Hotmail and the likes... We apologise for the inconvenience, but this is really an issue for the guys at Hotmail and we can't help anymore.

We are not the only ones with this issue, if you want to read more you can check this interesting post: http://www.iis-aid.com/articles/iis_aid_news/are_hotmail_cutting_their_own_throat

We will be announcing new developments in the coming period, in the meantime keep using Manualsmania and spread the word!

The Manualsmania Team