Apparently, it’s Read an E-Book Week – certainly a trendy event, what with all the Kindles, Kindle-likes, and upcoming iPads pushing the book market that direction. In order to celebrate and promote the medium, DriveThruRPG and White Wolf Publishing have a free electronic offering for gamers. Those who stop by DriveThruRPG.com before the end of this Saturday, March 13, can download a free copy of the World of Darkness rulebook. Yes, the full, 200+ page core system book from a few years back is yours for the taking. But maybe you’ve already got a queue of electronic books you’re reading your way through – what’re you reading this week?
Currently? “The Woman in White” by Wilkie Collins (1899). I’d be more excited over RPG rulebooks and whatnot but I can’t imagine seeing them on e-ink screens. The loss of color would drive me nuts. Now… with that said… the iPad has me very excited about the future of e-book RPGs. Color LCD is the way to go for me and, hopefully, at some point OLED screens will become affordable enough to mass-market them in devices that the average person could buy.
I have to agree. I was on the fence over ebook readers, but the ipad might get me to get one.
So, color makes all the difference? That’ll make up for not having an actual, physical copy of the book(s)?
Just wondering, ‘cuz if that’s all it takes to get the majority of dead tree holdout customers to try electronic books… well, someone really should’ve thought of it sooner, that’s all.
I find it very difficult to read on the screen for extended periods. Not sure if that would be better on a reader as opposed to a monitor. I much prefer physical copies, though they can get pretty heavy in my bag.
I prefer paper as well. The type of screen that the ipad uses is imho much better than your general run of the mill LCD. I have not seen that specific screen, so I’ll absolutely have to try before I even think about buying.
The e-ink I’ve seen so far is actually worse than paper. At least for me.