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Subject:Re: E-books From:"Frank T. Kryza" <ftkryza -at- metronet -dot- com> To:Jean Weber <jean -at- wrevenge -dot- com -dot- au> Date:Tue, 11 Jan 2000 17:02:24 -0600 (CST)
I resisted e-books for a long time, until I got a copy of the Library of
the Future, which contains all kinds of books (1500) on a single CD-ROM,
many of which I want to refer to every so often, but don't want to keep in
my already crammed library. To make the e-books as comfortable to work
with as possible, I increase the font size to some like 18 or 20 point and
use a 21" monitor to read, sitting back in comfortable chair. I admit
it's not as nice as paper (which is the ideal medium for reading,
according to an article I saw recently), but it is nice to have access to
this material without having to find more shelf space.
> Much as I prefer reading a real book on real paper, I'm going to have to
> learn to read at least some books on my computer -- assuming I can find
> electronic copies of the books I need (fortunately a lot of computer books
> these days come with a CD that has the book's contents on it, in some
> form). A purpose-built e-book could perhaps be easier to read than the
> screen on my laptop; it should certainly be easier to hold! And I'd hope an
> e-book might have a better file format than PDF for electronic viewing.