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Old 03-17-2009, 06:56 PM   #1
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I'm not really sure how deeply electronic book readers like the Kindle and the Sony Reader have penetrated the gamer market...

Out of curiosity, has anyone here tried loading one of the e23 PDFs onto one and seeing how it reads? I know Sony recently added a "reflowing" feature for text-based PDF documents so you don't have to read microscopic text. I haven't tried putting one of my GURPs rulebooks on mine...
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Old 03-17-2009, 08:24 PM   #2
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I just want to say that even though this may look off-topic, I think that discussions about e-book-reading devices are very pertinent to this forum, and I hope the moderators will continue to let such threads live and thrive.

Personally, I have not yet heard of any device that I believe able to satisfactorily display a whole-page A4- or Letter-sized document.


I'd like to get myself an ebook-reader some day, and also a laptop or other portable computer (I hear vague rumours about this thing called fresh air, and I kinda want to see what it is like, eventually), and so I've pretty much made up my mind to go for an expensive middle-ground solution of a netbook PC, a sort of miniature laptop computer.

Not ideal, though, so even after I've bought such a thing, I'll remain very interested in a lightweight device that can display table-heavy RPG documents in a readable fashion without needing to zoom in.
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Old 03-18-2009, 04:34 AM   #3
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The PlasticLogic reader looks promising:

http://www.plasticlogic.com/
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Old 03-18-2009, 07:22 AM   #4
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Except they delayed it a year, until 2010. On the plus side, that makes it much more likely to be affordable, and it will probably have some great features that aren't available now. On the downside, unless you can time travel, it isn't available until at least 2010.
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Old 03-18-2009, 09:03 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by Peter Knutsen
I just want to say that even though this may look off-topic, I think that discussions about e-book-reading devices are very pertinent to this forum, and I hope the moderators will continue to let such threads live and thrive.
We've never shut one down before. I don't see any reason to start.
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Old 03-18-2009, 09:28 AM   #6
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It's possible to convert e23 ebooks for the Kindle format (with freely downloadable software), but it's not optimal.

The main issue is that the conversion process hopelessly mangles tables - so I wouldn't recommend using it for books which have a lot of them (for example, GURPS High-Tech and anything else with lots of equipment tables). On the other hand, setting-only books work reasonably well.

The Sony Reader can display PDFs, but its screen is so small that you will have to do a lot of zooming and scrolling. The iLiad should work, but it's still outrageously expensive. Waiting for the Plastic Logic device seems like your best bet - I will probably buy it as well, despite owning a Kindle.
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Old 03-18-2009, 09:43 AM   #7
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I'm also waiting for the PlasticLogic reader - it's the only thing on the horizon that'll do justice to 6.5 inch wide table (as in from a GURPS book).
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Old 03-18-2009, 03:05 PM   #8
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I'm also waiting for the PlasticLogic reader - it's the only thing on the horizon that'll do justice to 6.5 inch wide table (as in from a GURPS book).
I'm hoping for someone to come up with a color e-reader using flexible-film technology to make a reader with an 11"x17" display that can roll up into a 'scroll tube.'

That way I can have my books in front of me full-size when running a game and not have all the space by the GM screen taken up by my library.
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Old 03-03-2011, 04:11 AM   #9
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Personally, after seeing the specs on the iPad2, I'm even more encouraged to get a Xoom. The iPad2 is more like a minor update to the iPad than a new model.
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Old 03-16-2011, 06:16 PM   #10
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I've had my kindle for a couple days now, and have been playing around with it; to stay topical, I'll merely say I love the e-ink and the way the kindle handles.

I have two of the big hardback books that I only own on PDF - Martial arts, and Low Tech. (I have numerous DF, Pyramids etc. otherwise) so I'm playing around to see if this is going to be viable.

PDF (specifically my GURPS library)
  • native pdfs have been bearable, and look pretty good full screen, but I can't read that small of text without eyestrain for long.
  • Mobipocket's free converter on the other hand, does a great job of converting the text, and putting the graphics more-or-less where they were. Tables, not so fun - they're pretty much just converted (badly) into run-on sentences.

I'll probably end up with both on the kindle - the converted version for reading, and the native pdf for ease of using the tables.

The technology is definitely getting there. I would -love- to see game companies embrace the format. While I doubt you'll ever truly replace bound paper books, especially in gaming, but wouldn't it be nice to carry all your books on your reader of choice 'just in case' and just have to lug your Characters and maybe Campaigns book around in your bag?
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