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nuelo 04-25-2008 07:49 AM

Are You Reading eBooks?
 
When I refer to "eBooks" I mean any format containing readable material: CHM, PDF, HTML, Plain Text.

I have found that the easiest of these (easiest on the eyes and scroll bar) is CHM. Unfortunately, there aren't that many good CHM eBooks sources out there. Most of the best eBooks are PDF but reading PDF is NOT FUN!

I have also tried converting PDF to CHM but without the professionally authored navigation buttons - it just isn't the same.

What format do you use most for eBook reading on your device?

RHMJR 04-25-2008 07:55 AM

Re: Are You Reading eBooks?
 
I've been using e-reader.com since 2001 - excellent selection of books, and good software. I haven't really read a traditional book since then - almost exclusively electronic - I like the portability, having my books with me wherever I find a spare minute to read, opening right up to the page I left off, etc., etc. I started with e-reader when I was using a palm based unit, made the switch to windows mobile in 2006 and brought e-reader and my library with me.

TweetyBear 04-25-2008 08:00 AM

Re: Are You Reading eBooks?
 
i use pdf and lit. read them with msreader and something else

rstoyguy 04-25-2008 08:07 AM

Re: Are You Reading eBooks?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by nuelo (Post 259955)
When I refer to "eBooks" I mean any format containing readable material: CHM, PDF, HTML, Plain Text.

I have found that the easiest of these (easiest on the eyes and scroll bar) is CHM. Unfortunately, there aren't that many good CHM eBooks sources out there. Most of the best eBooks are PDF but reading PDF is NOT FUN!

I have also tried converting PDF to CHM but without the professionally authored navigation buttons - it just isn't the same.

What format do you use most for eBook reading on your device?

I use the MicroSofts Reader occassionally, but I use Audible more. They have decent rates. But these are spoken books, no words.

http://www.microsoft.com/reader/downloads/ppc.mspx

http://www.audible.com

Machinehead 04-25-2008 11:01 AM

Re: Are You Reading eBooks?
 
There's a handy little add-on for MS Word that allows you to convert any document to a lit file. It's free from MS.

whatsinaname 04-25-2008 11:31 AM

Re: Are You Reading eBooks?
 
I personally love ubook

http://www.gowerpoint.com/index.html

It does a lot, and I personally like the day/night skin (one is white black text, other is black with green text for night reading in bed)

I have used ubook for a long time and mostly use .txt or htm ebooks. Give it a try.

nuelo 04-25-2008 11:55 AM

Re: Are You Reading eBooks?
 
OK, what if you found a book in PDF format. How would you read it? Adobe is not sufficient. Don't tell me you scroll back and forth again and again to read the sentences...

bkhoste 04-25-2008 12:27 PM

Re: Are You Reading eBooks?
 
E-Reader is great, I have been using it for years. I love all the features it has.

Existentialism 04-25-2008 12:57 PM

Re: Are You Reading eBooks?
 
Nope, I've tried, but I just can't get into it. I use Audible instead, Audiobooks are just so much better, unabridged of course.

whatsinaname 04-25-2008 01:03 PM

Re: Are You Reading eBooks?
 
I avoid pdf ebooks, for your exact reason. I have never found a reader that works well for pdf. I think pdf is just not "there" for mobile screens. maybe someday. until then I just search for txt, htm etc books. It is difficult tho because most of the computer books that I would use for reference are in pdf. I carry copies of them just for emergency, but have the real reference book on the shelf to read.

I sometimes use audio books, but I am old school and like to read. :)


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