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Last Updated: 12.02.2017

A selection of electronic books for eBook readers, tablet pcs, etc. Available in a selection of formats, including .ePub, .Mobi, and in some cases .pdf. Kindle. users should be able to use the .Mobi formats, although it will be necessary to transfer the file to your Kindle until I get around to making the documents available directly for Kindle.

Most eBook readers will not download directly from this page, so you will most likely need to download them to your computer and transfer them to the relevant directory or memory card on your eBook reader or tablet PC. For iPad users, Lee Privett has prepared this YouTube video he made showing him opening up the eBooks directly from this page in his iPad's Kindle and iBooks viewers: Click here to view the video.

I very much hope that making these eBook files available will help everyone associated with the QL because many documents and reference manuals can be held on an eBook reader or tablet PC, thus reducing the need for paper manuals and clutter around your computer desk, plus being able to refer to the guides on a small handheld screen as you work may be more convenient than bringing up PDFs and DOC files onscreen on your emulator or main computer.

The eBook called "The Sinclair QL" is an interesting book in the sense that it is derived from the Wikipedia encyclopedia using its facility to build and extract a book made of pages you have selected. This can then be supplied free of charge on a non-profit basis under license. The book contains all information I could find about the QL in Wikipedia together with a lot of information about Sinclair, past Sinclair products and so on. It is interesting reading and contains a wealth of external links too. Its only downside is the sheer size, over 25MB depending on which format you select (it is a 255 page book after all!), so don't try to download it on a dial-up internet connection, for example.

For the record, most of these have been converted using the Calibre software on a Windows PC. Calibre is a pretty good piece of software, although if you do try to use it to convert to eBook formats, make sure you read its instructions/help files well first so you get the most out of it. E.g. don't try to convert Word docs directly, follow the advice on exporting Word docs as filtered html files, and observe the guidelines on using facilities such as the Word 'heading' styles so a chapter index can be generated automatically and so on.

If you have converted further QL eBooks which can be made available free of charge for other QL users, please do email a copy to me for inclusion on this page so that I may expand the range available.

The QL User Guide is available in several formats below, and is also available to read online for occasional users who may not wish or need to download all of the QL User Guide documents. Alternatively, you can download the entire online HTML QL User Guide as a zip file here (2.5MB).

Further information on eBook formats can be found on Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_e-book_formats


Title and details .epub format .mobi format .pdf
C68 Manual download 367K download 642K download 1MB
DJToolkit Manual download 93K download 134K download 235K
PDQC Manual download 61K download 99K download 152K
QL Service Manual download 984K download 1687K download 1.9MB
QL Shell Manual download 58K download 160K download 203K
QPTR Manual download 503K download 641K download 1229K
Q-Liberator version 1 manual download 130K download 184K download 563K
Q-Trans version 1 manual download 110K download 173K download 161K
Ser-USB manual download 1644K download 1243K download 417K
SuperBASIC Source Book download 94K download 158K download 186K
The Sinclair QL (Wikipedia Book) download 35,632K download 27,785K download 34MB
Toolkit 2 download 83K download 129K download 231K
Turbo Manual download 204K download 316K download 618K
Turbo Quick Reference Guide download 41K download 99K download 148K
Turbo Toolkit manual download 78K download 112K download 207K

Slightly updated versions (reintroduced graphics in to the turbo manual, George Gwilt's additions and changes in basic text form but with additional graphics, corrected typos etc. as described in the preface) of the three Turbo guides are available from iTunes store, thanks to Lee Privett.

Paolo Proietti  has kindly converted the complete plain text QL manual and a few other articles from my website to eBook formats. The QL manual is best viewed with a monspaced font (if your eBook reader has that facility) as it contains character diagrams etc, so might look bad on a proportional font.

Title and details .epub format .mobi format .pdf
QL Manual (no Abacus, Archive, Easel, Quill documents) download (260K) download (407K) download 722K
QL Addendum (various articles) download (159K) download (231K) download 369K

A4 QL And QPC Manuals

A4 versions of the QL manual and Martin Head's QPC Concepts and QPC Keywords guides. Note that these don't include guides for Abacus, Archive, Easel and Quill.

Title and details .epub format .mobi format .pdf .azw3 (Kindle)
QL Manual - Introduction download 331K download 261K download 385K -
QL Manual - Beginners Guide download 1025K download 836K download 1206K -
QL Manual - Concepts Guide download 595K download 525K download 825K -
QL Manual - Keywords Guide download 194K download 191K download 535K -
QPC Manual - Concepts Guide download 284K download 245K download 379K download 301K
QPC Manual - Keywords Guide download 325K download 209K download 634K download 429K

A5 QL And Qpc Manuals

I've made A5 versions of the QL manual and Martin Head's QPC Concepts and QPC Keywords guides. These may display rather better on some eBook readers if the print size of the above ones is too small. To some extent, it depends on whether the reader overrides font sizes, margins etc, but try these and see how we get on. Note that these don't include guides for Abacus, Archive, Easel and Quill.

Title and details .epub format .mobi format .pdf .azw3 (Kindle)
QL Manual - Introduction download 332K download 256K download 385K download 373K 
QL Manual - Beginners Guide download 1014K download 846K download 1238K download 1236K
QL Manual - Concepts Guide download 582K download 527K download 838K download 740K
QL Manual - Keywords Guide download 172K download 186K download 476K download 322K
QPC Manual - Concepts Guide download 84K download 155K download 711K download 215K
QPC Manual - Keywords Guide download 108K download 204K download 677K download 306K

As time allows, I will proof-read the OCR'ed Abacus, Archive, Easel and Quill manuals. I have already OCR'ed them, but they need proof reading and correcting before they can be placed here (volunteers, anyone?).

The first I have managed to do is the QL Quill manual:
Quill manual PDF (671K)
Quill manual Word DOC (1.1M)

French QL Manual

Olivier Basely has kindly started on the work of OCRing the French QL manual. Here's what he has been able to do so far:
Introduction.pdf (442K) - Introduction Guide (PDF file)
Introduction.docx (465K) - Introduction Guide (Word .docx file)
Guide_debutant.pdf (1141K) - Beginners Guide (PDF file)
Guide_debutant.docx (1471K) - Beginners Guide (Word .docx file)
Mots_cles.pdf (241K) - Keywords Guide (PDF file)
Mots_cles.docx (145K) - Keywords Guide (Word .docx file)
Concepts.pdf (798K) - Concepts Guide (PDF file)
Concepts.docx (866K) - Concepts Guide (Word .docx file)
QL_archive.pdf (307K) - QL Archive user guide (PDF file)
QL_archive.docx (174K) - QL Archive user guide (Word .docx file)
QL_Abacus.pdf (493K) - QL Abacus user guide (PDF file)
QL_Abacus.docx (783K) - QL Abacus user guide (Word .docx file)
QL_Easel.pdf (203K) - QL Easel user guide (PDF file)
QL_Easel.docx (295K) - QL Easel user guide (Word .docx file)
QL_Quill.pdf (290K) - QL Quill user guide (PDF file)
QL_Quill.docx (426K) - Quill Quill user guide (Word .docx file)

SMSQ/E Manual

Updated versions of the SMSQ/E guides, including some new material on recent additions to SMSQ/E. Available in A4 and A5 size, the latter perhaps more suitable as eBooks. Based on original manuals from Jochen Merz et al, and used with his permission (thank you, Jochen). Please note that the page numbers in the index of the A5 versions refer to pages in the original A4 versions. From v1.02 the guides have a page listing the differences from the previous version. Currently v1.04.

Title and details .epub format .mobi format pdf .azw3 (Kindle)
SMSQ/E Guide - A4 layout download 181K download 464K download 1072K download 547K
SMSQ/E Guide - A5 layout download 181K download 460K download 1068K download 543K

The SMSQ/E manual is also available as an online HTML version. (946K) Note that it was simply saved as 'filtered HTML' from the original Word document, so there may be some formatting and layout issues.

I edit these in Word, so the originals are Word .docx files if anyone prefers them in that format:
SMSQE_A4.docx (283K) - A4 pages.
SMSQE_A5.docx (283K) - A5 pages

Some of the manuals listed here are available as Word document files, but not listed here partly because the page is cluttered enough as it is, partly due to the sheer size of some of them. If you want the Word document for any manual, please ask, if possible I'll email it to you. In some cases I don't want too many variations distributed and it might be better if you send me any additions/amendments to keep these up to date.

If you spot anything above which should not be there for copyright or other reason, or wish to notify me of an error, please let me know straight away so that the offending item may be removed.

Toolkit 2 Manual

A copy of the Toolkit 2 manual made available in four eBook formats. A plain text version is also available on the Replacement Manuals page.

Title and details .epub format .mobi format pdf .azw3 (Kindle)
Toolkit 2 manual - A4 layout tk2_a4.epub (131K) tk2_a4.mobi (153K) tk2_a4.pdf (379K) tk2_a4.azw3 (229K)
Toolkit 2 manual - A5 layout tk2_a5.epub (132K) tk2_a5.mobi (136K) tk2_a5.pdf (399K) tk2_a5.azw3 (212K)

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