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Do you read books on computer

Sunny Bhandari
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How do you read books on computer and before that do you read books or browse names of books like me.

Its very difficult to read them.


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These days I primarily read on my iPad.

Prior to that I read paper books. Laptops and desktop computers are horrible form factors for reading anything of length.


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Mainly I read on my laptop but I'm considering getting iPad.
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I read on my HTC HD, in train to and fro work.


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I prefer reading paper books. I'm very spatial when I read. Writing in the book on the iPad isn't the same. And the weight of the book helps me remember where I saw it. I once told someone "the answer to your question is in the first third of the blue book." Then I went to my bookshelf and found it was "ppk on JavaScript." The concept I was looking for was unobtrusive JavaScript which I wouldn't have found threw search since I forgot the term.

My second choice is the iPad. I use this for manuals and books that are in early access (non-printed form.) I haven't read anything long on the computer since I got the iPad.


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As of now I read on my laptop connected to an external monitor- pretty painful to sit for long time. I prefer paper books. Considering to buy a tablet so that things would be easy. And with access to Safari Booksonline things should be easier by using a tablet.

Considering books related to programming languages or other technologies- will it not be easier to read them on a laptop/desktop? so that we can try the code given as and when we read. Or is it still comfortable using a tablet?


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I read paper pack books. And, it's horrible to read a book on PC and laptop. But, Laptops is easier than PC.


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Sunny Bhandari
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Has anyone tried Kindle?
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I prefer reading paper books, but I don't have room to store them anymore. I have an actual Kindle, and I've read Kindle books on my iPad & iPhone. I like the Kindle better than the other devices for reading. I don't like reading on the PC at all, except maybe programming books where I can read and progam at the same time.
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Sunny Bhandari wrote:Has anyone tried Kindle?

I used a Kindle for a bit. My impression is that it was a nice little device. The e-ink was nice and clear, but I'd like better contrast.

I like my iPad not only because I like the backlit screen for reading, but it does so many other things than just books.
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When I was younger I enjoyed reading and reading books - physical books. Problem is, there is no space to keep it once you are done reading and I am hesistant to throw them away (and I cannot find any place to donate them to)

About a year ago, I purchased MacBook Air to study/code for Java certification exams.

Has anyone been able to read books meant for Kindle on a MacBook Air? I would love to read on my downtime, yet I am hesitant to buy books because of the space/paper it uses. If it is possible to read books meant for Kindle (or any other reader) on a MacBook Air, that would be awesome!


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Sandra Bachan wrote:If it is possible to read books meant for Kindle (or any other reader) on a MacBook Air, that would be awesome!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000464931
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Sandra Bachan wrote:When I was younger I enjoyed reading and reading books - physical books. Problem is, there is no space to keep it once you are done reading and I am hesistant to throw them away (and I cannot find any place to donate them to)

I borrow most of my books from the library. And I keep computer books at work (or donate them to the library if I know I will never touch them again.)
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Sunny Bhandari wrote:Has anyone tried Kindle?


I love my Kindle. The battery life is like for-ever (when you turn the radio off).... and I like the fact that I can make text larger or smaller. The fact that it's not back-lit makes it like reading a real book. Reading on a laptop hurts my eyes.

I would get an iPad if I wanted other apps.... which I don't. I have a blackberry for that.


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Bear Bibeault wrote:
Sandra Bachan wrote:If it is possible to read books meant for Kindle (or any other reader) on a MacBook Air, that would be awesome!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000464931



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I will prefer Laptop for book reading


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Sunny Bhandari
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But isn't carrying iPad or Kindle difficult when moving due their sizes. Do you have those much bigger pockets in your jeans/shirts or you carry them in hands only.

One can easily share printed books but here the other person also needs to have that gadget.

If I buy iPad/Kindle, I will always be afraid of it getting stolen while outside home. (At least that is how things are in India)
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Sunny Bhandari wrote:But isn't carrying iPad or Kindle difficult when moving due their sizes.

No more so than lugging around a book.

Do you have those much bigger pockets in your jeans/shirts or you carry them in hands only.

Either hands, or backpack, or computer bag.

They do make clothes specifically designed to carry electronic devices, including the iPad, but I don't have any.

One can easily share printed books but here the other person also needs to have that gadget.

Not an issue for me.

If I buy iPad/Kindle, I will always be afraid of it getting stolen while outside home. (At least that is how things are in India)

Unless someone has a weapon or is much stronger than I am, they ain't getting my iPad.
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Bear Bibeault wrote:
Do you have those much bigger pockets in your jeans/shirts or you carry them in hands only.

Either hands, or backpack, or computer bag.

Or a large purse for some of us .
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Sunny Bhandari wrote:If I buy iPad/Kindle, I will always be afraid of it getting stolen while outside home. (At least that is how things are in India)

Jeanne once suggested buying a special case to avoid that


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