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Old 12-14-2012, 09:16 AM   #18
John F
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Originally Posted by TechniSol View Post
John,

I appreciate your effort at displaying how obtuse a process it is to determine how many pages are left in a chapter and return in the current firmware. Please appreciate just how ridiculous the need to know that is on a device that resumes from precisely where you left it, so you can begin reading there with little or no effort applied... making resuming very simple. Is there some requirement to know how many pages are left on a device that will happily hold your place and resume from anywhere one might stop?

Did you rail about how paper books required that you memorize where you left off, failed to allow you to zoom the text to fit your needs, couldn't search for phrases, would have been completely unmanageable in terms of transportation of a library that could easily shame any complete bookstore's contents, and so forth and so on that we now take for granted?

I'm just trying to make the point that we tend to get a little hung up on very minor "requirements" while handily ignoring all the benefits and spending not a moment considering the necessity of tradeoffs in most things, none of which would make you sell your device and buy another... Granted, we all want more, and nothing is ever perfect, but ebook readers in their own ways are so far superior to paper books on so many divergent fronts that I'm beginning to think about the only horizons left are color displays, possibly looking and smelling like books, and stripping selected content and dumping it directly to a text editor for quotations when referencing a work in a paper one might write...
Just because pbooks have deficiencies in some areas, doesn't mean we should "settle" for the deficiencies of ebook readers in other areas.

In particular,

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... but ebook readers in their own ways are so far superior to paper books on so many divergent fronts that I'm beginning to think about the only horizons left are color displays, possibly looking and smelling like books, and stripping selected content and dumping it directly to a text editor for quotations when referencing a work in a paper one might write. ...
I guess it is a matter of differing opinions, then. I think there is still much room for improvement in getting a stable fiction ereader, never mind some of the superfluous stuff like library management, annotations, social stuff, ...

And one person's view of "minor "requirement"" is another person's "bug" or "how could they possibly implement that in such a difficult to use manner".
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