For most people reading – serious reading – implies books. For me, mostly due to necessity, serious reading nowadays implies whole nights staring at my 17-incher. At first, I missed the yellow paper, I missed turning pages – I missed my bookmark, I missed chewing on some passages and quickly poking at others to really enjoy the book. For all the wonders of digital text, computer reading is so terribly sequential – you press Page Down to go to the next page or you press the down arrow to scroll. With a book, you flick – so! – and the pages rush at you with an exhiliration that even 17 inches of real estate can’t beat.
A book is superior, at least with current technology, but since the big N interferes in my case (and maybe yours) I’ll show you some things that’ll make ereading a better experience:
Essentials for a starved E-reader (Checklist)
- A good monitor
- Microsoft Word
- Microsoft Reader
- Read in Microsoft Reader Add-in for Microsoft Word
- Adobe Acrobat Reader
- A good P2P
Interested users will figure out what’s common between the list.