Would you read like this?


Would you read like this?

This is the question asked by Flickr user Ken-ichi.

He posts this comment below his photo: I've been trying not to print papers this semester and read PDFs in Skim instead, which lets you go full screen, rotate, etc. I've found holding my laptop like this actually isn't quite as bad as I thought, though it's better turned 180 degrees if you don't need the power. Also, access to keys is tough for things like annotation, but paging with the space bar is easy.

Here is a link to Skim. (Skim is a PDF reader and note-taker for OS X. It is designed to help you read and annotate scientific papers in PDF, but is also great for viewing any PDF file.)

Here is a link to Ken-ichi's picture on Flickr.


I asked myself that same question when I began finding ebooks that i had interest in. I decided to get a Sony ebook reader (~$135) instead, which is actually quite pleasant to read on. It doesn't have all the ridiculous wifi and stuff that is unnecessary on the Kindle, for example. And there is a commandline utility for linux called pdftotext which simply converts pdfs to text. Thanks for the story....

I read like that a lot in college, when professors had almost all readings online. If you have a small screen, it is much easier to read text in two columns without having to scroll up and down the page.

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