Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
Peter Creasey

eReaders

Recommended Posts

As I read Robert Galbraith's The Silkworm in paper book format (the first paper book I've read in eons), I am reminded how much I prefer my Sony PRS 950 ereader.

 

Ease of holding, page turning, book marking, and dictionary accessing are sorely missed with paper books.

 

In Galbraith's case, not having the ready dictionary is really a nuisance as some of the vocabulary is way beyond what's normally encountered.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I wish I'd read Robert Fisks' Great War for Civilisation on my Kindle. 1000 plus pages of hardback is heavy going physically.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Slamming down a heavy book is far more impressive than slamming down a wimpy e-reader.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

eReaders/Tablets are superior to books in every way* except that they're not books.

 

*now that you don't have to turn off your device for takeoff and landing.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Paper still offer lower eye strain, at least for me, but as long as I'm carrying a laptop (work) and and iPad (to participate in United's new and improved entertainment experience) why not also bring along an eReader.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think I saw that someone, somewhere had just started to figure out how to present poetry on ereaders. They're not better than books in every way.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

In one of David Lodge's novels, the omniscient narrator observes that books are different from movies in that you can always tell just by looking how near you are to the end of a book, whereas you have no idea when a movie is going to end.

 

With current technology, neither of those statements is necessarily true anymore.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You can tell how near the end of an eBook you are, but it certainly feels different from eyeballing the thickness of the remaining pages.

 

And you can tell only indirectly how long the thing is in the first place.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

And you can tell only indirectly how long the thing is in the first place.

 

E-books that I buy from Amazon have page numbers so I've got a pretty accurate estimate of length. Public domain e-books don't. I haven't bothered to find out why.

 

There's a freeware conversion program that I use to convert the public domain files to a Kindle compatible format. I suspect I could find another conversion program which would generate page numbers.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

But even with page numbers on an e-reader, you still have to go out of your way to look to see how many pages there are. With a paper book, you can't help but know where you are.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was just reading a book in formal semantics. The pages with no diagrams on them were just fine (except for the footnotes, which were all bunched together at the end of the chapter), but the ones with images looked like they went through a 1980s fax machine. If I go back to the previous page, the text doesn't seem to like keeping quite its previous alignment.

 

Anyway, advantages, disadvantages, still several years until consumer (cheap, that is) e-paper technology is where it should be.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You can tell how near the end of an eBook you are, but it certainly feels different from eyeballing the thickness of the remaining pages.

 

On my Sony ereader, it shows the current and end page numbers; however, the end page number may actually be the page number after a bunch of additional text, excerpts, etc., etc. that's added after the end of the book being read. Usually, though, this additional content isn't that many pages.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sony is recalling all of their ereaders as they cause your mind to explode at random!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
Sign in to follow this  

×
×
  • Create New...