What is your preferred device for reading ShadowRun PDFs on? (yes, many of us prefer the physical books, but with pdfs being half the price and available months sooner, sometimes I’m going to buy the pdf.)
Up until now I’ve just been reading them on my laptop at home – except really I’ve just been skimming, or jumping to parts that I’m looking for, because I find reading full page pdf layout on a laptop screen to be a fairly horrible experience. Always having to move the page around, I find it rough on the eyes, and really easy to lose track of exactly where I was reading. (I also have the same issues with long electronic documents at work, so finding a solution that works for SR pdfs might also be handy in some other applications)
I looked into the possibility of reading them on an e-reader (Kindle, Nook, or Kobo), which have an appealing price point, would let me order a bunch of other books that are only coming out electronically, are ‘close’ to paper as a reading experience, and can easily be read anywhere. But those are all basically formatted for paperback sized pages, and from what I understand they deal poorly with large pages and with much non-text formatting (how does a black and white e-ink screen deal with those ugly read text boxes?). There does seem to be a reader called Onyx with a somewhat larger page (but still well short of full page size), but those seem to have some issues and are quite expensive.
Which leaves, as far as I can see:
- full sized computer monitors (not generally where I want to curl up and read for an hour),
- A tablet. I don’t have a tablet currently, I guess there would be the question of screen size, screen quality, whether it has some mode to reduce the blue-light glare that fatigues the eyes … not sure what would be good here
- Or possibly one of the laptops that can convert to tablet mode (screen folds flat back), and look into rotating the document on the screen so the proportions match better.
Obviously spending big bucks on a device to save a few bucks by getting the books in pdf format doesn’t make a lot of sense.
It eventually occurred to me to see what devices (and or software/applications) others use for reading ShadowRun pdfs, and how much they liked or disliked them. Thanks in advance for your comments and suggestions!