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Acorn Atom Books

Post by hoglet » Sun Jun 23, 2013 2:31 pm

Hi all,

I'd like to put together a complete list of all the Acorn Atom books that we know about.

Are there any I have missed out?

Dave

English Language

39 Tested Programs for the Acorn Atom (The Best of Interface)
- Author(s): Tim Hartnell
- ISBN: 0907563120
- Publisher: Interface
- Scanned version known to exist

Acorn Atom Technical Manual
- Author(s): Roger Wilson (??)
- ISBN: NONE
- Publisher: Acorn Computers
- PDF Scan
- Hoglet's 2013 edition

Atom Business
- Author(s): John Phipps
- ISBN: 0950730211
- Publisher: Phipps Associates
- Scanned version later in this thread

Atomic Machine Code
- Author(s):
- ISBN: NONE
- Publisher: Ecce Productions
- Scanned version later in this thread

Atomic Theory and Practice
- Author(s): David Johnson Davies
- ISBN: NONE
- Publisher: Acorn Computers
- PDF Scan
- Hoglet's 2013 edition

Forth Theory and Practice
- Author(s): Richard DeGrandis-Harrison
- ISBN: 0907876056
- Publisher: Acornsoft Limited
- PDF Scan Part 1 and PDF Scan Part 2

Getting Acquainted With Your ACORN ATOM
- Author(s): Trevor Sharples and Tim Hartnell
- ISBN: 0907563031
- Publisher: Interface

Lisp Theory and Practice
- Author(s): Mike Gardiner and Charles Smith
- ISBN: 0907876013
- Publisher: Acornsoft Limited
- PDF Scan

Practical Programs for the BBC Computer and Acorn Atom
- Author(s): David Johnson Davies
- ISBN: 0905104145
- Publisher: Sigma Technical Press
- Keith Howell's reconstruction
- Scan known to exist

Splitting the Atom - A manual for Informed Users
- Author(s): J. R. Stevenson and J. C. Rockett
- ISBN: NONE
- Publisher: Procyon
- HTML Version
- PDF Scan Part 1 and PDF Scan Part 2

The Acorn Atom Magic Book
- Author(s): Mike Lord
- ISBN: NONE
- Publisher: Timedata
- Scan known to exist

Wake Up Your Atom!
- Author(s): Brian Lloyd
- ISBN : NONE
- Publisher: Timedata
- Scan known to exist

Dutch Language Only

Acorn Atom - Praktisch gebruik, BASIC, assembley, programma's
(Acorn Atom - Practical use, BASIC, assembly, programs)
- Author(s): P. J. Smulders
- ISBN: 9020115774
- Publisher: Kluwer Technische Boeken

Programma's Voor De Acorn Atom
(Programs for the Acorn Atom)
- Author(s): Erik Spin and Klaus Siol
- ISBN: 9070160366
- Publisher: Elektuur

Atom Ware 1
- Author(s): Henk Reinders
- ISBN : NONE
- Publisher: Federatie Van Acorn Atom clubs
- PDF Scan

Atom Ware 2
- Author(s): Henk Reinders
- ISBN : NONE
- Publisher: Federatie Van Acorn Atom clubs
- PDF Scan

Atom Ware 3
- Author(s): Henk Reinders
- ISBN : NONE
- Publisher: Federatie Van Acorn Atom clubs
- PDF Scan
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Re: Acorn Atom Books

Post by hoglet » Sun Jun 23, 2013 2:56 pm

I added links to PDF Scans of the above where these exist and are public.

Does anyone know of scanned versions of:
- Atom Business
- Getting Acquainted with you ACORN ATOM

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Post by hoglet » Sun Jun 23, 2013 3:04 pm

Added Atomic Machine Code (Ecce Productions) to the list.

Anyone have a copy of this?

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Post by oss003 » Sun Jun 23, 2013 5:08 pm

hoglet wrote:Added Atomic Machine Code (Ecce Productions) to the list.

Anyone have a copy of this?
No, never heard of it but if you buy this Atom, you'll also get the book ... :lol:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/RARE-VINTAGE- ... 0930725208

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Post by hoglet » Sun Jun 23, 2013 5:20 pm

Yeh, that's where I stumbled across it.

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Post by hoglet » Sun Jun 23, 2013 5:24 pm

The Center for Computing History has one as well:
http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/det/ ... hine-Code/

Wonder if they will let me borrow it :D :D :D

I do travel to Cambridge for work quite often, and am planning to go there when I next visit.

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Post by oss003 » Sun Jun 23, 2013 5:53 pm

If you go there, don't forget to take your spy camera with you.... :lol: :lol:

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Post by iainjh » Sun Jun 23, 2013 9:54 pm

not sure this helps, but I have both of:
- Atom Business
- Getting Acquainted with you ACORN ATOM

but how to get them scanned? I have no time to do them sorry.. :(

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Post by hoglet » Sun Jun 23, 2013 10:55 pm

Hi Iain,

No rush for these...

I've hopefully found a copy of Getting Acquainted on Amibay, and we already have all the programs from Atom Business.

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Post by TheCorfiot » Sun Jun 23, 2013 11:16 pm

hoglet wrote:Hi Iain,

No rush for these...

I've hopefully found a copy of Getting Acquainted on Amibay, and we already have all the programs from Atom Business.

Dave

Seen you there earlier Dave, Welcome and I hope you enjoy the site...
I'm sure the book will come through for you, we have an excellent track record for sales.
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Post by oss003 » Mon Jun 24, 2013 10:18 am

Hi guys,

Ok, just an inventory of the ToDo list for the volunteers .... :) :

Code: Select all

Type in programs:
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Acorn User:                               52 articles
Your Computer:                            46 articles
Video Games Magazine:                     21 articles
Getting Accuainted with your Acorn Atom:  ?? programs

Scan:
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Atom Business
Atomic Machine Code
Acorn Atom - Practical use, BASIC, assembly, programs (Dutch)
Programs for the Acorn Atom (Dutch)
I have the last 2 Dutch books and see if I can scan them.

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Post by hoglet » Mon Jun 24, 2013 12:23 pm

Cool, thanks (again) Kees,

Just wondering how protective folk are likely to be over the copyrights of these books? Do we have any data points on this?

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Post by oss003 » Mon Jun 24, 2013 12:40 pm

hoglet wrote:Cool, thanks (again) Kees,

Just wondering how protective folk are likely to be over the copyrights of these books? Do we have any data points on this?

Dave
Maybe Arcadian or Samwise are more familiar with copyrights ....... are you guys out there????

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Post by Arcadian » Mon Jun 24, 2013 12:59 pm

I've got the Atomic Machine Code book - happy to loan it for scanning.
For a "Complete BBC Games Archive" visit www.bbcmicro.co.uk

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Post by hoglet » Mon Jun 24, 2013 6:23 pm

By the way, if anyone has spare/unwanted copies of any of these books, I'd be happy to offer them a good home. Happy to pay the going rate...

So far I just have:
- Practical Programs for the BBC Computer and Acorn Atom
- Getting Acquainted with your Acorn Atom (on it's way from Amibay)

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Post by oss003 » Tue Jun 25, 2013 7:53 pm

Hi Dave,

at last ....... testing of the Wake Up Your Atom programs is finished.
There where some listing errors to correct and missing lines to be added :?
Can you upload them to GitHub, I can't create a new directory online???

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Post by hoglet » Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:03 pm

Are you OK if I translate these to .bas files first, as I have done with all the other books.

The only difference is that the file is plain text, rather than with the binary encoded line numbers. I do this because Git works best with plain text source files, rather than binary files, because it can then show changes between versions as diffs. It also just seems this is a better/more transparent for plain old Atom basic programs.

The only down side is they need to be translated back before inclusion in the archive, but this is done automatically as part of the build process. You should be able to also *EXEC them in AtoMMC.

Sound reasonable?

Do you want me to post a V4 Beta2 when I have done this?

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Post by oss003 » Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:15 pm

hoglet wrote:Are you OK if I translate these to .bas files first, as I have done with all the other books.

The only difference is that the file is plain text, rather than with the binary encoded line numbers. I do this because Git works best with plain text source files, rather than binary files, because it can then show changes between versions as diffs. It also just seems this is a better/more transparent for plain old Atom basic programs.

The only down side is they need to be translated back before inclusion in the archive, but this is done automatically as part of the build process. You should be able to also *EXEC them in AtoMMC.

Sound reasonable?

Do you want me to post a V4 Beta2 when I have done this?

Dave
Sounds ok for a new post ... :wink:

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Post by oss003 » Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:38 pm

Dave,

Ahhh ... forgot to tell you that all files load with LOAD,RUN except PONTOON. This file has to be started with *LOAD,OLD RUN. The binary part is #2800-#28FF

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Post by hoglet » Tue Jun 25, 2013 9:00 pm

Hi Kees,

I managed to figure that one one.

BTW, did you also notice PONTOON has two line 9530s :shock:

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Post by Samwise » Wed Jun 26, 2013 4:05 pm

oss003 wrote:
hoglet wrote:Cool, thanks (again) Kees,

Just wondering how protective folk are likely to be over the copyrights of these books? Do we have any data points on this?

Dave
Maybe Arcadian or Samwise are more familiar with copyrights ....... are you guys out there????

Greetings
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Wrt copyrights the short answer is that, in the UK at least, everything remains under copyright and strictly speaking should not be being reproduced without permission of the publisher & author.

That said, we usually work on the principle round here that if it's out of print, it's fair game ... until the copyright holder specifically requests that a work not be distributed ...

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Post by hoglet » Wed Jun 26, 2013 8:40 pm

I now own a copy of "Getting Acquainted with your Acorn Atom", thanks to myretroworld on Amibay :D :D :D

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Post by iainjh » Sat Sep 28, 2013 8:38 pm

can anyone identify this book, I obtained this (with thanks again) from Roland and dont know the title..or if in the archive? Plain orange cover, 180 pages, a4 sheets folded in half.
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Post by hoglet » Sat Sep 28, 2013 10:41 pm

Hi Iain,

Thanks for posting this.

Definitely a new one on me.

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Post by jonb » Mon Sep 30, 2013 10:11 am

I want to play "Back Stabber"! :D

Are these Atom listings any good? Have you tried any of them?

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Post by hoglet » Mon Sep 30, 2013 7:19 pm

jonb wrote:I want to play "Back Stabber"! :D

Are these Atom listings any good? Have you tried any of them?
I assume you mean listings from books/magazines in general?

I've tried every one that is in the archive (167 at the moment). There are mostly pretty rubbish IMO :lol: That's partly why they are in a separate section from the commercial games.

That said, it's a bit like collecting, and while there are still things out there to collect, there's a reason keep going.

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Post by BeebMaster » Mon Sep 30, 2013 9:07 pm

iainjh wrote:can anyone identify this book, I obtained this (with thanks again) from Roland and dont know the title..or if in the archive? Plain orange cover, 180 pages, a4 sheets folded in half.
Looks to me like

Acorn Atom...This is Your Life!

By E. Andrews
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Post by BeebMaster » Mon Sep 30, 2013 9:09 pm

hoglet wrote: Splitting the Atom - A manual for Informed Users
- Author(s): J. R. Stevenson and J. C. Rockett
- ISBN: NONE
- Publisher: Procyon
- HTML Version
- PDF Scan Part 1 and PDF Scan Part 2
Stevenson? Rockett?


Hmmmm.... sounds like a pseudonym to me.
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Post by BeebMaster » Mon Sep 30, 2013 9:17 pm

To contribute something constructive to this thread, instead of my string of weak one-liners, my "Atomic Theory and Practice" is the third edition:

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whereas the scan is 2nd edition.

Does that make any difference to anything?
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Post by oss003 » Mon Sep 30, 2013 9:21 pm

iainjh wrote:can anyone identify this book, I obtained this (with thanks again) from Roland and dont know the title..or if in the archive? Plain orange cover, 180 pages, a4 sheets folded in half.
Hi Iain,

looks like 'Getting Acquainted with your Atom' to me.

Getting Acquainted With Your ACORN ATOM
- Author(s): Trevor Sharples and Tim Hartnell
- ISBN: 0907563031
- Publisher: Interface

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