Sunday, December 16, 2007

Asus Eee PC 701 as ebook readers

Asus Eee 4G-Galaxy 7" PC Mobile Internet Device ( 512 MB RAM, 4 GB Hard Drive, Webcam, Linux Preloaded) Black
Asus Eee PC 8G-Pearl White 7" PC Mobile Internet Device ( 1 GB RAM, 8 GB Hard Drive, Linux Preloaded) Pearl White

The ASUS Eee PC functions as an excellent ebook device for those who cannot buy a Kindle (outside of USA) or other dedicated ebook reading devices (because they were not sold in their countries).

After using my white Eee PC for two weeks, I simply couldn't resist the urge to get myself another one (a black one) - and this time I wanted to keep all the applications that came with the machine. My first (white) Eee PC had been converted into an XP. I may even upgrade the RAM of both my machines to 1G as there was news that ASUS would not invalidate the warranty for RAM upgrade.

Having used both machines to read ebooks in several formats, I am convinced that they offer many more ebook choices. My new Linux EeePC (the black one) comes with FBreader installed and I have been reading a few Mobipocket format ebooks with the reader. The ebooks were from ebook site and there were more than 11,000 free ebooks. What I really like about the FBreader is that the default font is very crisp and large enough for comfortable reading and the page could be rotated for portrait view, giving the machine the feel of a "real" book (see the picture).

I enjoy both the Eee PCs so much that I even bought two different leather jackets for them (yes 2 different designs)! While that may add a little to the weight and thickness, the machines feel less warm to touch when I have used them for more than 2 hours. Given some time, I would be able to compare both machines but in the meantime, I carry them around and use them extensively. One machine is being charged while the other one is in use.

Really I do not see my Eee PC as a computer but as my library and I love both gadgets not because I love machines but because they carry my collection of ebooks! With one PC I read DRM'ed ebooks and with the other, free ebooks.

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