Have you ever read a full book on your notebook? I’ve read many. A notebook certainly isn’t the best device for reading an eBook but will certainly do in a pinch.
For many years I’d used a Palm IIIc or a Dell Axim X3 for reading eBooks. I was quite happy with these devices as book readers, apart from the fact that even with minimum brightness they sometimes still seemed too bright in a dark room. They, unfortunately, were getting old and began in one way or another to fail.
I was looking into getting an iPhone, or an iPod Touch, but hadn’t made my mind to do so yet when both devices died on me. As both iPhones and iPods cost several times more in Brazil then they do in the US, or most any any other country, I wasn’t ready to just go out and buy one. This left me in the position of not having a device for reading my eBooks and the notebook started to seem more and more attractive as a reader.
Thankfully I have a confortable armchair at home, where I do most of my reading and with the help of a nice “lap-table” my notebook turned out to be a pretty decent book reader, though a lot less “confortable” than just holding a lightweight device with one hand. While I would not recommend that anyone exchange a Kindle, SonyReader or an iPhone/iPod for a notebook for reading books, the experience isn’t really that bad.
Apart from the fact that I have no more room for storing books in my apartment, eBooks have always been the first choice for me because you can download them immediately instead of waiting for them to be delivered and because there are no shipping costs involved.
If you find yourself in a similar situation you should try reading on the notebook and you might be surprised that it isn’t as bad as you think. Frankly, I expected the experience to be a lot worse and a lot more wearing on the eyes.
Being able to read books on my notebook turned out to be a great way to bridge the time between the death of my old Palm and Axim and when I got an iPod Touch to replace them.