electronic books (was Re: [mythsoc] re: not finishing)
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jason M. Abels" <jason@...>
Sent: Friday, February 28, 2003 12:19 PM
Subject: RE: [mythsoc] re: not finishing
> You'd be surprised what you'd find on Kazaa. Despite what the RIAA would
> believe, I have no qualms about downloading pre-typed versions of books I
> already own.
I've searched occasionally on Kazaa, which I have installed on my computer
because I like to download the occasional Led Zeppelin or Creedence tune.
I've found a few novels I wanted to read, usually old standards like
Orwell's _1984_ or some of the Golden Age SF books. But the rarer stuff is
not to be found.
Sometimes I wish that my whole library were in the form of Palm Reader books
or something like that, but I still regard electronic books as a makeshift,
a poor substitute for a real book. I dislike reading large amounts of text
on the computer screen; it's a little better on a small thing like the PDA,
or at least would be better if the screen fonts on those things didn't all
suck. (Why did the original screen fonts on the Apple Macintosh look so
much better than anything produced before or since? Even Apple has caved
into the general decay, and now they resort to the same anti-aliased
TrueType crap that substitutes for well-designed typefaces and only looks
good if you've got millions of colors on a huge monitor.)