eBooks: The Reader’s Experience, Part 1.5July 20, 2007
As I continue in actually reading ebooks, I’ve been experimenting with ways to make the experience work better for me. The photo illustrates one of my current methods of viewing an ebook on a laptop, which I use when the content isn’t better viewed as a two-page spread and I’m settling down for an extended read. It optimizes the display by filling up most of the screen with a single page, providing text that is actually a bit larger than a typical print book. At the same time, the distractions of the OS are completely hidden behind Acrobat Reader’s full-screen mode.
Obviously, the ergonomics are a compromise. Given the standard laptop configuration, the weight distribution is all wrong since the bulk of the machine is concentrated in the keyboard/cpu portion. My wife’s smaller and lighter MacBook with its stubbier aspect ratio is much better suited. Even so, I very much wish I could lop off that whole half — which would pretty much leave a thin and light tablet computer. As long as we’re at it, let’s throw in a higher-res display, an iPhone style interface and some Flash storage and we would already have my .