17.361 books and their openings

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk)
Date: Thu Oct 30 2003 - 01:44:39 EST

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 361.
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             Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2003 06:28:27 +0000
             From: Norman Hinton <hinton@springnet1.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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