RE: [mythsoc] Mythies with E-readers
I just got a Nook but have not had time to play with it yet! What I’m looking forward to is putting papers I’ve written on it to read at conferences. Also I’m hoping that I can download the copies of the Miles Vorkosigan books that came with Bujold’s Cryoburn onto it – the CD has each book in a number of formats, so there ought to be something that works.
What I mainly hope to do is upload copies of many public domain books in my hard copy library and gain a little shelf space – things like my collection of Greek plays and so on, that I might need to look at once a decade but like having handy.
Janet Brennan Croft
Editor of Mythlore http://www.mythsoc.org/mythlore.html
I got my e-reader (a nook) last year, and some of the first things I read on it were nominees for the MFA awards -- some that I purchased, others that I borrowed from my local library. The first title we bought using the 3G connection it comes with was The Hobbit, which we'd been reading aloud at home to our daughter but had forgotten to bring with us in print while we were at the doctor's office (and where the waiting can be interminable). :)
It's been an incredibly useful tool -- as well as relieving some of our shelf-space issues.
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- I have an e-reader on my Palm PDA. The screen is almost big enough, and
since it is always with me, it means that I always have a few books in
my purse without taking up additional space. Readability is sometimes a
bit wobbly, but I can enlarge the print to where these older eyes can
see clear enough to not die of eye strain. Page turnings are more
frequent, but that is easy with the touch sensitive screen. And books
with footnotes are much easier to deal with, as the footnote is just a
screen touch away. Still I can't read it in Bright Light, so I won't be
using it at the pool any time soon.
I bought The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings specifically so that I
could have copies with me whenever I wanted them, and being able to
search electronically was also a useful function. A Paper Index at the
back of a book is nice, but direct search is some times more useful. YMMV
Current plans are to buy a Samsung Galaxy (android) phone soon, and drop
a reader with my books onto it. The screen is about the same size but
with an even better resolution, so readability should improve.
I would love to buy a Color Nook, as many of my favorite magazines
(Science News, Scientific American, Astronomy) come with lovely color
pictures and graphs, but I don't necessarily need to have the paper
copies of the magazines. But I may just end up buying a Color Tablet
with reader capabilities to avoid 1 trick ponies filling up my purse.
That is a debate for when the pocketbook recovers from New Phone Purchase.