Saturday, March 27, 2010

Netbooks as EBook Readers

The February 10, 2010 issue of LifeHacker features an item by Jason Fitzpatrick on"Turn your netbook into an e-book reader". He says “E-book readers are popular for reading digital books, but they’ve got their limitations. If you have a netbook, you already have a powerful and virtually unrestricted portable e-book reader on your hands. You just need to know how to set it up. Dedicated e-book readers do have certain things going for them, but you can’t tweak them, modify them, or use them as you see fit. Netbooks suffer from no such shortcomings.”...

Hummm, maybe I'll experiment with my netbook. In a related item, more than 65,000 19th-century works of fiction from the British Library’s collection are to be made available for free downloads by the public this spring. Owners of the Amazon Kindle will be able to view well-known works by writers such as Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, and Thomas Hardy. Users of the British Library service, funded by Microsoft, will be able to read from pages in the original books in the library’s collection....The Times (U.K.), Feb. 7 See British Library offers free Kindle downloads

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