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Windows 7: Kindle for the PC Announced – and it’s awesome!

12 Nov 2009   #11

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate


What's wrong with GOOGLE or any of the specialized search databases out there
Heh obviously google is the first resource, I do it every day. However there is a LOT of information not freely available on the net or available at all in any form other than "dead tree". In fact I find the lack of real information on the net to be rather shocking.

For example, any information on the MPEG 4 specification.

You can buy the documents on line from the ISO which is nice but finding a good discussion that digests the pertenent parts is non exitatant (and if you have ever read anyof the ISO specs, they are quite obtuse at times) because such discussion is not allowed reprint any of the spec data :/ However there are several text books out there that do.

Pretty much any real engineering or scientific text is rarely available on line and must be purchased in book or paper form still. Hopefully more and more will be available on line in the future, and probably /will be/ with the "assurance" of non copyability afforded by devices like the kindle.

(I am not discussing (C) merits or information "ownership", merely the recognition of the reality of the current situation WRT technical information text availability on the net)

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12 Nov 2009   #12

Windows 7 Pro (64-bit), Arch Linux

Does "information you need right now on a job" usually fall in the "not freely available" category of texts and materials, though? When I need to look up something quicly, it's often just the answer to a specific question, not a complex article or document, and a search engine almost does the trick. Certainly depends on the field, though.

As for e-books in general, well, I have collected books for twenty-five years or so, so I have quite a few of them. Too many probably. Okay, too many for sure :) I'm really torn on the subject of electronic books, though. There are plenty of advantages to them, especially in regard to storing them, and full-text search ability. Preservation, too.

On the flipside, they are void of any character or atmosphere. There is no charme to them. Like a plastic bag compared to a nicely woven basket. Plus portability. Even netbooks are not as potable as a book (most books), let alone as sturdy, and they are dependent on electricity.
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13 Nov 2009   #13


It's still hard to curl up with a desktop or even a laptop for a good read.
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14 Nov 2009   #14

Windows 7 RC Build 7100

But a tablet or netbook might work OK. I still like the idea of E-Ink displays for long reading sessions. I downloaded the app but, like others, don't want to be tied to my PC for reading. I am currently torn between the Kindle2, the Kindle DX, or the Nook. I like the better format compatibility, expandable memory, and user replaceable battery on the Nook. Xmas is coming :)

EDIT - While I agree that nothing matches the reading experience of a book, as I get older adjustable font sizes are appealing
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16 Nov 2009   #15
blue sabre

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit

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Hi there

It's good that more and more apps are W7 compatable - but much as I like working with computers I don't think that books will ever be a really good application for running on a computer -- just how would you read them in Bed, on the beach or even sitting on the bog.

I'm also not convinced about the same future for Newspapers. - Ever tried the Paris, NY or London Subway in the rush hour -- and you want to read a book using a computer.

I suspect that unlike mobile phones even the new "e-book" display type of hardware won't really be very successful.

Nice idea but really too impracticable for serious readers.

I agree - there's a lot more to reading a book than just the words. It's the feel of the paper, the heft of the book, the smell of the ink... all contribute to the experience.

One other practical consideration - books on paper last. Books on electronic media have a limited life. Sound odd? Look up what happened when they digitized a book from Norman times in England a decade or two ago. Now there are no computers that can read the copy, but the original, from the 10th century, is still usable.

Still not convinced? How do you read your ZIP and JAZ drive disks? Your 5 1/4 floppies? Your 3.5 floppies? Your 7 or 9 track tapes?

Sometimes you just gotta kill a tree, or scratch a rock.

About - The Long Now

{climbs down off soap box, creaking and muttering}
So what about mp3's? They've been around for a lot more than ten years but are still able to be read.
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