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fs

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Icon 1 posted April 21, 2009 01:13      Profile for fs   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Speaking of ebooks and ebook readers... more digital reading.

I mentioned elsewhere that I buy print magazines in ebook form. (The only print magazine I read in print is the New Yorker, because they have the least insane international shipping prices, but continuing that subscription depends a lot on them maintaining that reasonable price.) Analog, Asimov's and F&SF are all available through Fictionwise. But there are a bunch of purely e-form magazines out there now.

A couple of my favorites are Clarkesworld Magazine and Ideomancer. I also have high hopes for Ruthless Peoples. I like their first issue.

I appreciate the ones that offer PDF downloads; I like being able to read without having to be connected to the net.

Have any favorite online fiction places?

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Icon 1 posted April 21, 2009 12:30      Profile for Ashitaka     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I still read all my magazines on the processed remains of our dead tree bothers. I like to read in the park and if I leave my magizine laying around to say take a swimm use the restroom or buy an icecream, I really don't have much fear someone will steal it.

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I get the digital editions of Oracle Magazine and Dr. Dobbs, but I find I rarely actually read them. I get InformationWeek in paper form so I can bring it with me and pull it out when I'm waiting at the doctor's office or whatever.

I really can't get on the e-reading bandwagon. It is much less comfortable for me. Call me a luddite if you will, but you can pry my paper-bound reading material out of my cold dead fingers.

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Icon 1 posted April 21, 2009 14:22      Profile for Stibbons   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I read dead tree versions of magazines too - means I can stick them in my bag and read them wherever. I also print off papers and things that I download to read, though four sides to a page and on economy mode! That way I can also highlight and annotate.

I tried to read stuff online more (laptop, phone, whatever) but not only do my eyes not like it I also find it less mobile, not only because like Ashitaka I worry about the device getting stolen!

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Once upon a time, I wouldn't read anything substantial on a computer screen. Wasn't comfortable. I've gotten past that, but I prefer to take my fiction (and anything else I'm reading for pure pleasure) on paper. I can and do read on screen, but there's something about curling up with a book that's just so comforting and nice. I even have a new book ritual. And books and magazines don't have to be turned off and put away on airplanes. Nor do they ever run out of battery power. [Wink]

Anything I'm supposed to edit I prefer to print out and read in hardcopy, but I can do it onscreen. Lab protocols and cooking recipes always always always get printed (if they didn't come that way to start with) for obvious reasons. News and scientific articles I do onscreen and the forests of the world should thank me for that. Of the journals I frequent, I really can't say which my favorite is though. Science and Nature papers tend to be very well-written but you have to pay if you can't get behind a subscriber's IP. Journal of Molecular Biology has some real gems. So does PNAS, though the caveat with PNAS papers is members of the NAS can get their papers in sans peer review. Those articles are flagged, but you'll want to check that. RNA also tends to run papers that make me happy.

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Now that PC Mag has gone online-only, I check it sometimes. I don't recall reading something similar to a magazine on the Net.

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My computer also has this fancy feature, where by aid of a special device, I can generate ink-on-paper copies just by typing "lpr <filename>" on the command line. It's a technological marvel. [Razz]

So does anybody besides me actually read any magazines that don't have print distribution? (Some of them even put out issues all nicely laid out in PDF and ready to print.)

Summerset Review has most of their back issues, going back years, online in PDF.

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Originally posted by Richard Wolf VI:
Now that PC Mag has gone online-only, I check it sometimes.

I didn't realize they'd gone online only. I think a lot are going that way. Especially because it's self reinforcing. More people read online, lowering the return on putting out print issues.

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Some of the journals I read are online only anymore. This has caused me some amusement whenever someone who's reading something I've written gets anal and demands to know where the page numbers are in some of my citations. "There aren't any," though honest and true, does not seem to be a satisfactory answer for some of these types.

I sometimes read articles in Slate.

I threw out my fancy device after it died on me for the last time. If I want something on paper, I have to print it at work.

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fs: I don't really read any /magazines/ online, but I do take in certain forms of news online instead of paper. That said, I have a dead tree copy of NYT sitting nearby that I'll read around lunchtime. It's lighter than my laptop, and more aesthetically pleasing. [Big Grin] I send large manuals to our print shop to be double-sided and bound as it's just a more effective way for me to review things. I keep HTML copies of many online references on my laptop for dev work, but I still like having key server things 'at my fingertips.'

Of course, you mentioned an eeePC - netbooks are looking to be an attractive prospect to me. I want to get my hands on the Dell Mini 9 to see how it is - if the keyboard works for me, I might get one. If something like this pans out, I might use a bit less paper -- I just find schlepping a 5 lb. laptop to be less fun. On the other extreme, I find that my iPod Touch just isn't that good for reading anything substantial. Who knows - maybe I'll find that 'Just Right' option someday. [Smile]

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Icon 1 posted April 22, 2009 12:48      Profile for fs   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by dragonman97:
fs: I don't really read any /magazines/ online, but I do take in certain forms of news online instead of paper. That said, I have a dead tree copy of NYT sitting nearby that I'll read around lunchtime. It's lighter than my laptop, and more aesthetically pleasing.

Not the Sunday Times then. [Big Grin] We saw No Way to Treat a Lady a few weeks ago. If you're not familiar with it, the NYTimes features prominently. Of course, it's impossible to get here. For the props, they printed out their own copies, just the front page so you could see the name, and a back, and made a bunch of faux NY Times. (They used a local paper in place of the Y Post, because the form factor is right.)

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Of course, you mentioned an eeePC - netbooks are looking to be an attractive prospect to me. I want to get my hands on the Dell Mini 9 to see how it is - if the keyboard works for me, I might get one. If something like this pans out, I might use a bit less paper -- I just find schlepping a 5 lb. laptop to be less fun. On the other extreme, I find that my iPod Touch just isn't that good for reading anything substantial. Who knows - maybe I'll find that 'Just Right' option someday. [Smile]

The touch is such a slick little device though. I like my Eee--it's the 904HD--the keyboard is the same size as maswan's Thinkpad X61s. I find it really easy to type on, you might want to give it a look, if you've only used the smaller Eee. Not to Eee-vangelize, but I'm really happy with it.

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Icon 1 posted April 22, 2009 14:21      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
"The touch is such a slick little device though."

It certainly is. [Big Grin]

However, I don't find it enjoyable to read on such a small screen for long - there's far too much page scrolling to do. Reading an average NYT article on screen is just too much work. :/

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