what do you think of e books?

India
December 21, 2008 6:22am CST
i have tried reading ebooks but its too tiring and straining while its easy to read normal books relaxing but ebooks we have to always sit before the computer and its difficult to read even how do you guys do it?? is there any way where the pc reads out i mean is there any way that we get the audio like the script being read
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@rosdimy (3936)
• Malaysia
21 Dec 08
E-books have advantages over conventional books. Among the advantages of e-books are 1) It is faster to make a search for a particular word, phrase or sentence with an e-book. 2) E-books can be made portable with the use of e-book readers. Yes, there is such a thing. The main problem is its availability and price. Many books can be stored and read elsewhere. Compare this with conventional books where the number of books we can comfortably carry at a time is small. 3) There are software which can read text. We only have to make a search to find out more about them. 4) Text layout can be adjusted. I see three main problems with e-book readers. One, battery life. When we are in the middle of nowhere running out of batteries means we have nothing to read. Two, durability. A book falling onto the floor usually does not cause concern to the owner. Imagine an e-book in the same scenario with the screen facing downwards. Three, comfort. Current e-book readers cannot be folded. They also need to be used from a certain angle for comfortable reading. When we lose a paper book, we lose only one. When the hard disk breaks down, we lose the entire collection. all the best, rosdimy
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@opalina143 (1237)
• Morristown, New Jersey
21 Dec 08
I don't like ebooks. I have a nice monitor now, so its not as bad to read on the computer as it used to be, but I don't like having to sit there, not having a book mark to mark my page, not being able to take the book out of the room or house, and I just miss the feel of the book in my hand. Amazon releasesd the Kindle and I don't think I will ever warm up to it. I just like an old fashioned actual book.
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• Philippines
21 Dec 08
I agree with you. It is really hard reading over the Monitor. It is quite straining. Anyways, as an alternative, I will print all eBooks I have so that I can read them all. The good thing about is you can share to others and duplicate a copy. Not necessarily producing a pirated copy but my point is you don't have to worry if you lost it. You can always have a backup. Unlike books, if you lost it then you need to buy a new book.:)
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
21 Dec 08
I am sure there are programs that will read it out, I just don't know what they are. I have read a few ebooks. I agree with you, I would rather read a printed book!
@AnakSuNamun (2084)
• United States
21 Dec 08
Hi there Yeah,it's not very easy to read books off the screen but there are some alternatives. As it was already mentioned, you can print them and read it like a regular books. Or, have you heard of CHM book format? It links separated pages together and makes them look and feel like a book. Doesn't hurt your eyes that bad. I've been downloading books in CHM for a while now and mostly fiction but Wiki says it's mostly for help files: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Compiled_HTML_Help
@casper20 (1465)
• India
21 Dec 08
i agree with you, they are hard to read compared to normal books. but i like reading them.i get to read books which are hard to find too costly in my area without paying that much money. printing them is a nice alternative.i love reading so i don't mind.