Have you ever bought an ebook or used Project Gutenberg?

njmac

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I'm just wondering if anyone finds them useful. I haven't bought any but I have downloaded a few classics from Project Gutenberg but I have a really hard time reading a pdf on my PB that is over a few dozen pages.
 

mkrishnan

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I've never bought an eBook, but I've used Gutenberg a good few handfuls of times. And I read tons of scientific work in PDF format, and try to avoid printing them -- I like to transfer the PDFs to my Axim and use it to read them while reclining. :) Now if only I could get someone to fan me and feed me grapes....

If you're having trouble with readability on your Mac, try some things like changing colors. perhaps try switching using the invert colors user accessibility feature from the System Preferences. That might help. Everyone is different -- sometimes I space cadet while reading things on screen, but usually it works very well for me.
 

netdog

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I've yet to find a usable reader. Small screen doesn't work for me, nor does big screen. A book printed on A4 is a nightmare.

I do have a number of eBooks, but I use them simply as searchable reference sources.

The book is a great format. Excellent UI. Lots of testing. Portable and rugged.
 

njmac

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I agree about the book format being a great UI.

I think my real problem is not the readability of the eBook, its that I'm to easily distracted reading the screen.
 

annk

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While still using a HP Pocket PC (before my Mac days :eek: ), I bought lots of ebooks from Barnes and Nobel. I loved it, I could take 5 books on vacation in one little machine, and had a backlight at night. Only weird thing was the surrealistic page numbers.
 

yellow

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annk said:
Only weird thing was the surrealistic page numbers.
Too true.. the 988 page paperback I'm (re)reading now (because the hardcover sequal just came out (joy!)) had something like 4000 pages on my Palm. :)