[Humanist] 24.39 e-book reading?

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Wed May 19 07:03:10 CEST 2010

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 24, No. 39.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Wed, 19 May 2010 06:02:23 +0100
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: e-book readers?

Recently I have discovered what seems to me a perfect solution to the 
piles of pdf'd student essays, chapters, articles, even the odd book 
that I must somehow read and would rather not print out and cannot 
efficiently get through at my desk: an e-book reader. Mine is a Sony 
PRS-300, which can easily be held in the palm of one hand. I admit to 
reading a novel on it when stuck in an airport unprepared and unwilling 
to pay airport prices, but in general I stick to the codex for reading 
that sort of prose -- a far better device on the whole. I find the 
difficulties of access other than serial (a page at a time in the 
predetermined sequence) frustrating on occasion, but for simply 
ploughing through scholarly material my e-book reader is, I have 
concluded, just the thing. I keep a spiral-bound notebook with it to 
make notes.

In my brief time asking colleagues about e-book readers I have 
discovered one addict of junky prose who likes his for the purpose (a 
Kindle). What have others who have ventured into e-book reading found?

Willard McCarty, Professor of Humanities Computing,
King's College London, staff.cch.kcl.ac.uk/~wmccarty/;
Editor, Humanist, www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist;
Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, www.isr-journal.org.

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