E-Books as a Research/Notetaking tool.
by StCerque - 11/28/11 7:15 PM
Does anyone out there know the answer to my questions?
The one thing that seems absent from all the
reviews, yours (C-Net) and every other one I've looked at is a lack of functionality of any e reader as a research and writing tool.
I'm aware that some have note taking capabilities which make them potentially
superior if you can mark/highlight things you want to come back to. Even more
useful is an ability to transfer either the text as annotated, the book, or
sections of text to a PC for incorporation into a document. This could be a
real time-saver with respect to quotes and also saving references (foot notes).
Do any of the e-readers allow this, at least in a fairly quick and
One thing I have noticed on newspaper subscriptions is that they don't allow
you to do that - you have to e-mail an article to yourself and then cut and
paste the information you want to save. It actually is easier to save
information from their "free" online subscriptions. Maybe this is why
so many are struggling financially?!!
The other thing missing from reviews seems to be book accessibility. Does it
make a difference which one you have as to 1) number of books accessible, 2)
type/publishers of books from whom you can access books, and 3) accessibility of books and documents beyond copyright such as The Federalist Papers?
I'm not a techie but it doesn't seem like it would be all that complicated to
have a device such as I described. Is there such capability presently either in
any of the e-readers or perhaps software for PCs?
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