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Subject: ebooks
From: David Adams <>
Date: Thu, 23 Dec 2010 11:44:06 +1100
> I have armloads of
> reference books that I can't take with me when we go away in our campervan,
> because there just isn't room.

Familiar problem, made even worse then air travel is involved ;-)

I'm not sure about e-readers, but more and more field guides are
becoming available for smartphone operating systems, particularly iOS
(Apple) and Android (Google.) Morcombe is available for Australia on
iOS (worth it for the calls alone), there are two excellent guides for
North America, some for Europe, and the SASOL guide for South Africa
was announced yesterday.

Static e-readers might be of some use for field guides, to be sure.
After using a dedicated field guide app, I'd say apps have a lot more
to offer:

* Integrated sounds, links, photos, and the like.
* Searching by more than word or phrase.

I find the apps good enough that I've been guying electronic version
of books I already own for more than I paid for the books in the first
place. I honestly wish I could get everything in this format. I'd
still carry paper, but a lot less.

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