The Other Thing about E-ReadersJune 25, 2009 at 3:18 pm | Posted in Book Blather | 5 Comments
It probably looks a little freaky to observers, but if you’re reading an e-book and you set the software to scroll, you don’t have to turn pages or interact with the device. You just sit there and stare at it, and the words go flying by. Sort of like the beginning of Star Wars, only not as slanty, and a whole lot faster.
The cool thing about this is that you can adjust the speed. So I’m reading along, and reading along, and then I look up and realize I’m a third of the way through my book and I’ve been at it less than an hour. It turns out I can read about 75 pages an hour with this thing!
I’d love it if all books were e-books, partly because the file size would always be the same. No more variations between hardcover and paperback editions or different publishers. Also no more heavy carry-on bags and no more moving 200-pound bookcases.