For some reason, I find it hard to read e-books on my computer, but I find it easy to use my e-reader device. I use a Barnes and Noble Nook. I'm sure other devices are just as good.
The E-Ink reader screen on my version (bought a year ago) is easy to read. The pages are not backlit, so the text is stable and much like on a paper book--at least my eyes think so.
Although I've bought some e-books via the B & N site, most of my books are free public domain e-books.
I've found Project Gutenberg a wonderful place to search for free e-books. The books are available in many formats, including ePub, Kindle, and for mobile devices.
Here are some of the authors I've downloaded:
- Zane Grey: His romances are always fun for light reading, and I love his descriptions of nature.
- Mark Twain: I downloaded Pudd'nhead Wilson, Twain's last novel and quite an interesting read.
- John Muir: I read My First Summer in the Sierra and am now reading A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf.
- Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Arthur Conan Doyle, Jack London, Henry David Thoreau, Edgar Rice Burroughs, H.G. Wells
Free e-books are also available through Barnes and Noble and Amazon Kindle.
Enjoy your summer reading. Even if you don't read e-books, seeing the good work Project Gutenberg is doing is time well spent.
Copyright 2011 by Thomas L. Kepler, all rights reserved