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E-book readers are all the rage these days, but to tell the truth I have been reading them for about ten years. One of the methods I have been using to read e-books is by using Kindle for PC on the ThinkPad tablet PC. In this […]

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E-book readers are all the rage these days, but to tell the truth I have been reading them for about ten years. One of the methods I have been using to read e-books is by using Kindle for PC on the ThinkPad tablet PC. In this video I show how this works, and how great the reading experience can be on a 12-inch screen. The ease of operating Kindle via touch is shown, as is working with the library. I also divulge what sets the Kindle method apart from other readers I have used.

  1. James – I have been using Kindle for the PC on my HP 2710p. The one thing that I noticed on your video opposed to my version is that your tablet does not have the margin issues that I have. Kindle for PC has a left and right margin that only leaves about 2 inches for reading. Have you ran into that? Is there some setting that you changed? Thanks for your post.

    Don

    1. Yes, set the words per line setting to maximum. Screen resolution enters into it too so you may have to adjust it for that.

      1. Thanks! The words per line solved my problem. I didn’t even see it there. I related to your video quite a bit. I don’t have a Kindle because I don’t want to lug around another device. I have it on my tablet and my iPod Touch. I love how they keep it synced up.

  2. Have tried it on my Fujitsu 1620 for awhile…and it’s nice.

    But in truth, I always go back to my Palm TX. Been using it for years to read and it has enough features. Guess I’m just an old-dog that doesn’t want to learn new tricks!

  3. Michael Huneycutt Sr Wednesday, December 30, 2009

    I use Kindle for PC on my Asus EEE T91MT as well. Though I think the e-book readers are pretty cool and have a good form factor they fall short for me. I want a device that let’s me read web content such as my safaribooksonline, read pdf and word documents as well as electronic books and magazines. At the $250 price point I could spend $100 more and get all the content I need and surf the web in the same form factor. All in color.

  4. I went the K2 route rather than a tablet or my existing IBM x60s, because I value the e-ink screen and the overall ergonomics of the K2. Reading for hours is now way too comfortable.

  5. It also works great on my Kohjinsha SC3. Small enough to not be big, but yet nice size screen at 7″. Hope to see a release for the Android. This would be perfect on the Arcos 5 IT. :) I have a couple eReaders on the A5 IT and works great for the size. Just throw it in your back pocket, and like James said I think you get more out of a PC, or something that you can also use as email, web, and read your ebooks.

  6. James and others, how do you tweak the screen to avoid eye strain? I find eInk easier on the eyes for longer reading but there the limited functionality of an ereader doesnt justify its high price. Do you think reading of a regular screen is just a matter of habit or there are some changes one can do to make it more comfortable? I have an LS800 that would be a fine form factor for reading. Any tips where one could get an extended battery for those any more?

    1. I have used regular screens for hours-long sessions for years and it never bothers me. If I read e-Ink in low lighting for any time at all I get eyestrain quickly. May be just me.

  7. The biggest drawback to the kindle for pc is that you cannot highlight or annotate the text which you can do on the kindle itself. I hope this comes along quickly. Also, looking forward to the kindle for mac as well.

  8. James, I agree with Whispersync is cool.

    I’m using my Samsung Q1UP (with Windows 7, and loving this device) with eReader, Barnes and Noble Desktop Reader, as well as Kindle for PC. The seven inch screen is bright, and I get many hours on a battery.

    I spend most of my life looking at one screen or another, and end up with eye strain by the end of the day, but I do even with paper books, and all the student papers I read. The pleasure of doing it on a computer is that I can make the font larger and adjust the screen brightness.

    When I get tired of holding two pounds of Samsung, I switch to an iPod Touch or Palm Pre (thanks to Homebrew PReader!), and again, adjust font and brightness for comfort.

    JH, my Kindle for PC program indeed does support highlighting, annotation, and bookmarking. Look in the upper right hand corner. You can open a side view that lists them.

    1. You can VIEW highlights etc but you cannot CREATE them. Only bookmarks

      1. Holy cow! You’re right! I Mostly use eReader or the Barnes and Noble reader. That’s disappointing. Thanks for pointing that out.

  9. Ya shoulda kept your Sony U750P. Better 5″ form factor. Also works great with Calibre’s viewer (ePub output to get you nice touch buttons on the side). I think it may be possible to change Calibre’s background and text colors with CSS tweaks, in order to lessen eyestrain.

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