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Well before ebooks ever came to the mass market, they have long had a great influence on my life. In this post I am going to touch on the many reasons why I love ebooks, and how I came to know ebooks.
I have long used ebooks. Long before I even had a proper ebook reader I was finding ways of using them. I saw the future in Ebooks. Growing up I was surrounded by books, literally. My family reads a lot. At one point we had over 15 large book cases filled to the top. It seemed like we were always in the market for another book case and books were always in the mail.
The idea of compressing that huge library into a single device was unbelievable to me. I started out going to Project Gutenberg which at the time was really the only way of getting ebooks. Kindle didin’t have a market yet, but that didn’t stop me. To me free books were just as good as paid books.
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A Short History Of My Life With Ebooks
My first ebook reader was actually a Handspring Visor PDA installed with a Palm Pilot app called Plucker. With this I read half the books in Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Barsoom chronicles (John Carter) and several tales of Sherlock Holmes by Sir. Arthur Conan Doyle.
My next experience with ebooks, again from Project Gutenberg was with a retro gaming device called the GP2X a fun little emulator based gaming device which opened my world to retro gaming. The device also had a built in ebook reader, allowing it to serve double duty.
The Nokia N800 was the next ebook reading device to grace my hands. Released in 2007 the Nokia N800 was Nokia’s bid at the future of handheld web interaction.
The N800 featured a 4 inch 800×480 pixel display, which made the device just a pleasure to read books on. So much so that I took up reading good old Project Gutenberg’s books yet again, via a Maemo (OS) app called FBreader.
I read books this way for nearly two years, before taking a long break from ebooks as I discovered Ubuntu.
The Kindle Fire was so thin and light compared to everything I had used previously that it became the perfect device for ebooks. It is here where I started buying books for my classes. This cut down on the weight of my bag that was normally dominated by the heft of books.
Thats not to say the Kindle Fire didn’t have its problems. For one it ran a heavily themed and locked down version of Android Gingerbread (2.3). It was impossible to get any Google Play apps on the device without rooting it. These problems didn’t fase me so much at the time because the device did what I needed it to do which was show me the book, and let me run Evernote so I could keep notes along the way.
Ebooks have substantially changed my way of thinking and learning, my ability to focus in front of screen has improved drastically.
So tell me how have ebooks changed your life?