I regularly work away and the Kindle means I can find any quiet nook in a pub in which to read without needing to care about the ambient lighting. Even better, I have an illuminated screen that isn't shining a blue-bright light in my eyes that will disturb my sleep.
We need better performing (faster and higher resolution) screens along with more care taken to format texts for reading on an e-reader - the latter is being addressed by Standard eBooks which is a Gutenberg project to address typographical quirks and generally provide a better eBook reading experience.
We aren't there yet, but we are getting there.
My holdup with non-fiction is that I find that the experience of reading a physical book helps me learn more effectively. I can write in the margins, underline, and dog ear pages. I can flip back and forth to reference previous chapters or notes, based on the visual cue of those markings and folds. And all of these books are mine forever, for me to reference years later.
I’m sure eBook readers will continue to get better and better, but for non-fiction books I plan to reference in the future, a physical book will be hard experience for eBook readers to beat.
As for resolution, I think large format readers are for that.
As for the kindle internal light - sure it's a good idea, but if it uses pulsed pwm light(a technique for led power control) - it's less than ideals because it's more tiring and for some people it creates headaches etc.
Is the new Kindle Oasis 2017 with a 7" 300ppi screen 'high resolution' enough?
Re fast screens, I think it's good that they are slow, otherwise I'd use those readers like my smartphone for surfing and other stuff which puts me more into ADD mode.
Yes please! You could put them on Imgur. Thanks!
The greatest thing about buying music on Amazon is getting MP3s which I can keep for life. I downloaded them, they are synch'ed to my various backup solutions, and form part of my music library, even if Amazon goes bankrupt and I lose the original download link.
I long for the day Amazon does this for books.
Alternatively, on the [kindle] "content and devices" webpage, if you click the three dots in the second column (I'm guessing the interface is the same for the french website), it gives you the option to individually download & transfer books via usb if you have a kindle registered to the account. If you have calibre and the apprenticealf dedrm plugin, I believe that process still works, though I haven't tried for a long time.
Yep — they're all about using screens to mimic paper. Even their product names (Paperwhite) show this. Instead, they should be thinking about ways in which reading on screen can be better than reading on paper.
To their credit, they offer the Kindle Cloud Reader, which lets others tinker with content and how it's presented. But this is only accessible on computers and iPads — they block it on iPhone (yes, even Plus models) and all Android devices. But regardless, this is more open than iBooks, which doesn't let third-party services access their books at all.
I don't understand why they can't fix this, at least for O'Reilly content. Even if they choose to use HTML/epub for SBO, why not generate the graphical version of the equations using the same technique used for the PDF versions?
I haven't actually bought one yet but if been using another laptop with Dane dude 1080p screen and it works well. Plus chromebook is pretty caoable as a secondary device so its relatively good value proposition.
Apparently Samsung's Chromebook Pro replacement will have a stylus though, so that should be out in 2018 if you can wait.
I'm not against ebooks per se - I own an ebook reader and I think it's great for journeys and the like (though I do prefer physical books where possible). But ebooks are just books on another medium, rather like switching from parchment to paper. They are not the "new form of book" the author envisions. I don't think a book needs all those fancy features he talks about. Sure, they can be pretty gimmicks, and perhaps even helpful here and there. But not everything needs to be, or can be, improved upon by digital technology. A book is a book, and it's been that a long time before Jeff Bezos came along. I dare say it will remain that long after he is gone.
Anecdote: My PDF-based (too many tables+figures for reflowable) ebook about programming Z80-based arcade games was recently pulled from the Kindle store for "quality issues" despite good reviews. KDP gave me no explanation, path to improvement, or ability to appeal. I continue to sell the print book.
OTOH, I have a similar PDF-based ebook on Atari 2600 programming which is selling pretty well, using the same LaTeX template.
Meanwhile, a cornucopia of tentacle unicorn erotica continues to be available for purchase on Amazon. This experience is a bit disheartening, and I question whether I want to continue to participate in this ecosystem, at the whim of an unaccountable gatekeeper.
It'll be interesting to see if they delve into the ePaper market with an entirely new, dedicated device.
I also believe something like tokens could be an interesting way to add this history so that you could re-sell ebooks on a second-hand market and based on their history you might even see an increase in price.
One thing I personally miss though is the social aspect of connecting over a book in random places. This hasn't happened to me often, but sometimes when I would read physical books on a train or at a cafe someone would approach me to comment on the book. Having your book cover visible, and observing what other people are reading in public, just adds another possibility of connecting with a stranger. Carrying around a Kindle completely removes this part of the experience. I've actually considered making (or finding) a case that lets you switch out custom printed covers, so I can replace them with whatever I'm reading. It's not like I expect a barrage of new friends based on my reading choices, but it would be nice to get that _possibility_ and dimension back into the experience.
It'd also be fun to see which passages were being highlighted and shared by celebrities or famous authors.
But if you limited the social experience to friends, people would be self conscious about what they wrote in the margins. And some people would have friends who didn't mark up their books and miss out on the experience.
No one's going to buy your damn annotations though unless you're some kind of celebrity. And that's precisely what they'd be buying. In the used book store you're buying the book with the annotations because it's cheaper than the book without annotations, and then you luck out and the annotations are interesting. With ebooks, a second hand purchaser would be able to turn off your annotations and have the original book, good as new, so the price would be, at a minimum, the original retail price.