Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 361.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2003 06:28:27 +0000
From: Norman Hinton <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: 17.355 books and their openings
I have written Amazon about "search inside the book" and asked them to
provide a way to turn the damn thing off -- it has lengthened my time
searching by a factor of at least 5 and often more, and it has done me no
good at all the first 15 times I have been forced to use it.
Rail or not -- I don't want to read a book on-line unless I'm forced to. I
don't like the way books look on the screen, I don't like being unable to
look at the right-hand page while reading the left-hand one, or to see the
bottom of the page while reading the top, etc. I also don't like the angle
at which I read the screen for extended periods -- I like to lay a book flat
down on a table and read under strong light. The only good thing about
books online is being able to search -- and a good Index will take care of
that much of the time.
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