Sunday, September 07, 2008
Back in the day I had a rocket e-book reader. It was kind of like trying to read a book that had been written in HB pencil, on a brick. I chastised myself for wasting money at a time when I really didn't have very much to throw around. I think I still have the charger here somewhere although I eventually threw the rocketbook away.
More recently I bought a Sony ebook reader--which proved to be even more expensive and even more useless. The reading experience was somewhat better, more like it was written in 4B pencil on a cement block, and for a while I was satisfied. But I cannot get the battery to hold a charge. And being on a plane with no books is irritating, but being on a plane with an ebook reader that won't start up is infuriating.
Through all of this I did most of my actual ebook reading on my old workhorse Toshiba laptop. I drag this thing all over the country. It has been dropped on runways, had coffee spilled over it and on one memorable occasion been trodden on by a full grown boar (an actual pig, no metaphor here--fortunately he let me have it back). But as much as I love the thing it is damned heavy and after ot runs for an hour or two you could fry and egg on it.
So I am going to have one more go at finding a good ebook reading device... that will double as a travel laptop. The ASUS EEE PC 4G, it has a 7 inch screen, runs Windows XP and has various other gizmos I haven't had before (webcam etc). Here's hoping for better luck with this device.
What are the rest of you reading your ebooks on, at home and when travelling?