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Netbook Equals Ebook Reader (Sort Of)

I am incredibly thrilled with my netbook right now – I’m sure if anyone took a look at me, all they’d see would be streams of bookish glee floating all around me.

The other day, I decided to see if I could easily set my netbook’s screen to portrait orientation. It had occurred to me that I might actually be able to see an entire page of an ebook on the screen, making it easily readable, if I could set the screen to portrait mode.

After surfing around for a bit, I discovered that my Asus netbook accomplishes this quite easily. I press CTRL + ALT + the right arrow key, and voila! the screen changes to portrait mode. Getting it back to normal is as easy as pressing CTRL + ALT + Up key.

Armed with Adobe Digital Editions (for PDFs) and Sony’s eBook Library Software (for ePub format), I now can easily read ebooks!

So, of course, the first thing I did was surf around for some free ones, just to give things a whirl. The Sony eBook Store has a bargain section, and Terry Brook’s wonderful Magic Kingdom for Sale – Sold is on offer right now, so I created an account and downloaded the book. I switched to full-screen view and then set my screen to portrait mode – and it’s wonderful!

I took pictures, but it was challenging because the screen kept catching my flash, and if I don’t use the flash, you can’t see the keyboard portion of the netbook.

CIMG2012 The Keyboard is On the Right

CIMG2010 The Page is Nice and Clear

It’s not quite the same as having a Kindle or an eBook Reader – while my Asus netbook is small (the screen is just under 10 inches and it weighs just over 3 pounds), it’s still larger and heavier than a Kindle. On the other hand, holding it in portrait orientation sort of feels like holding a book, so it does feel very familiar. The battery is capable of lasting up to 9 hours in power-saving mode, which is more than long enough for a reading session.

I’m going to be asking for a Sony eReader for my birthday, I think. But in the meantime, my netbook plays its role of eBook reader well enough. Turning the pages is as easy as keeping my cursor in the right spot and then giving a little tap on the trackpad.

The bonus is that I’ll be able to load anything I buy from the Sony eBook Store onto my Sony eReader (when I get it)! I see lots of happy shopping ahead of me. And there just might be times when I want a backlit page, and for those times, my netbook is perfect!

Feeling Twitter-ific, Thanks to My Netbook & Seesmic Desktop


Update: spelled Seesmic wrong! Typo has been changed. In title too. Sigh

I think I’m finally getting the hang of Twitter! It’s really due to two things: I picked up my ASUS EEE PC 1000HE on Saturday (do I love it? do I LOVE it!), and I downloaded Seesmic Desktop, a desktop Twitter application, and have been making full use of its list-making feature to keep track of things.

Note: I liked using the word “Twitter-ific” in the title of this post, but for anyone wandering in from Google, this post isn’t about Twitterific, which is a Twitter app for Mac and iPhone users.


I work from home, and spend most of my work time in front of the computer. So, while blogging is fun, I’ve been feeling kind of chained to my desk lately.

Enter the netbook.

At first I was thinking of the Dell mini laptop, but then I surfed around, looking for reviews, and the ASUS EEE PC 1000HE looked perfect for me. CNET”s Crave blog rated it the no. 1 netbook in its top ten list of mini laptops.

I already have a laptop but rarely use it because I’m always paranoid it’s going to run out of juice just when I’m getting to a good part of whatever I’m working on, and having to plug it in everywhere kind of takes away from the whole portability thing, you know?

The EEE PC weighs a little over 3 pounds, has a nice, almost full-size keyboard and best of all, has a battery that lasts 9.5 hours! Of course, that’s if you use it in the optimal battery-saving mode, but all the reviews I read clocked the battery at lasting around 7 hours and 20 minutes, give or take ten minutes or so, running in normal performance mode.

I can attest that this is true – at least, on Saturday I had it running for about six and a half hours before I finally switched it off, and the battery wasn’t fully drained yet. Which is a relief, as the battery’s capability is the main reason why I decided to get this particular netbook. (Well, okay, the price is pretty good, too.)

The only thing I don’t like about the EEE PC is the multi-touch touchpad, but that’s just me. I’ve never liked touchpads or trackpads – I prefer plugging in a small USB mouse and going with that.

I have felt so free the entire weekend! I can sit and “watch” a Diego DVD with my little one, check up on my favorite bloggers, tweet to my heart’s content, and not feel any “bad mother” guilt at all.

And with the good weather here, I can get outside more without feeling like I’m shirking either my blogging or my writing duties. (The indexing, unfortunately, needs me to be at my main computer with its lovely ergonometric keyboard and paper holder; but mark-up of the page proofs can be done anywhere, thank goodness.)

Seesmic Desktop

I’m also loving Seesmic Desktop. It helps me keep track of different groups of people I follow, I can use it with more than one Twitter account (I have another Twitter account for the food blog my husband and I do together, Muse in the Kitchen) and so far (knock wood), unlike Tweetdeck, I haven’t experienced any problems with Firefox slowing down.

I like the number of sections I can have open, too; I now keep my replies window open so that I can keep track of replies, too.

Of course, this is now – who knows how I’ll feel about Twitter in a week or two. But for now, I do feel like I’ve got the hang on it. And now is really what’s important, right?

So all in all, it’s been a very good, Twitter-filled weekend. Do you Twitter? Look me up – my Twitter name is @msbookish!