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Old 04-08-2010, 10:02 AM   #1
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Hey all,

I've picked up several of the e23 books, and a couple of the main GURPS hardbacks as pdfs, I've been printing them but have my trusty Dell Axim X5 handy, but I've been wanting to make the leap to an e-reader.

Does anyone use one during play? Does it play nice with the graphic-heavy format?
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Old 04-08-2010, 11:03 AM   #2
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i still use my laptop, since I have all my PDFs bookmarked and annotated heavily. Crosslinking is a huge thing that I cannot get from a non-adobe reader.
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Old 04-08-2010, 11:08 AM   #3
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I use a netbook while I am gaming and GM-ing for my PDF. Works fine.
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Old 04-08-2010, 11:43 AM   #4
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Hey all,

I've picked up several of the e23 books, and a couple of the main GURPS hardbacks as pdfs, I've been printing them but have my trusty Dell Axim X5 handy, but I've been wanting to make the leap to an e-reader.

Does anyone use one during play? Does it play nice with the graphic-heavy format?
I have them all on my netbook but also have a sony e-reader pocket edition. Got the main book on that and it's ok for a bit of reading, but i'd alway sstill prefer to use the laptop/netbook for gaming sessions. E-readers so far, in my experience, have been suited best for prose-like reading, rather than quick referencing/lookups
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Old 04-08-2010, 12:34 PM   #5
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Netbook and my Laptop.

I've looked into ereaders and was not impressed. I'm considering an iPad so I can have them in a slightly more book-like presentation, but I want to wait until iTunes gets fixed and I can hear a bit more about if their eBook reader does, actually, read PDFs (I keep hearing conflicting stories).
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Old 04-08-2010, 01:04 PM   #6
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I can say the nook would be really bad at this, it would display a full screen image but too small to read well. Go with a netbook or laptop.

I have seen some tablet netbooks that are really tempting. My dad got my mom one so I will see what I think.
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Old 04-08-2010, 01:24 PM   #7
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I have an iPad that the PDFs look great on (using Good Reader). I'll see how well it works at the table tonight.

My expectations are pretty low as far as PDFs and electronics at the gaming table are concerned. I've not liked the laptop, tablet PC, Sony PRS ereader, or netbook so far, but I'm a bit of a dinosaur and like dead tree books. However, this is the first device that I've looked at and said, okay, I might be able to abide ebooks...we'll see.
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Old 04-08-2010, 05:48 PM   #8
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Thanks all, this is great feedback.

I'll confess, I'm rapidly becoming spoiled by the search functions when I'm doing prep at my PC, its so useful that I'm slowly 'doubling up' my hardcopy books with PDFs.

(Well, I got the Martial Arts pdf instead of the book, but I'll likely get the hardback eventually)

It sounds like I'd be better served by spending just a little more money even on one of those mini-laptops.
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It sounds like I'd be better served by spending just a little more money even on one of those mini-laptops.
I think this is your best bet. Get a netbook with an actual hard drive (not a flash drive) and you'll be golden. You trade 20 seconds of boot up time for 10x the storage space.

If I'm playing, I use a netbook. If I'm running, I bring my laptop.
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Old 04-08-2010, 08:03 PM   #10
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Ah, but I'm always the one running the game. I love my spreadsheets, GCA and Fractal Mapper or Campaign Cartographer 2 (depending on the map).

I probably -should- invest in a decent laptop.

BUT if the new house deal comes through, I may be able to have my PC full time where we game anyway.

<fingers crossed>
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