Here’s a quick tip for reading big fat fantasy novels on e-readers. Particularly fantasy books with a MAP (or maps) at the front.
Take a digital photo of the map with your phone. This makes it so much easier to refer to the map while you’re reading the novel.
The lack of navigability of e-readers is their biggest drawback compared with tree-books in my view. I really miss flicking around within the pages of a novel — whether to refer back to specific passages I’ve already read, or forward to see how far it is to the end of the chapter (they’re not always marked). Or flicking forward to see what happens. Ahem.
Yes, you can ‘search’, but I’m rarely after something searchable in my experience. Yes, you can ‘goto’ a particular section, but that is nowhere near as efficient as flicking back through a chunk of pages and finding the place you want to check. And then you have to somehow find your way back to where you started, when you could have just had your thumb stuck in the spot…
Moreover, the buttons on my non-touch screen kindle are really clunky to use.
When it’s a big fat fantasy, and there’s a map you might want to refer to from time to time, it’s all the more frustrating. I know not all readers refer to the maps, but I do, constantly. Once, when I was reading fantasy on my e-reader, I found a copy of the relevant map online and printed it out, then had to carry it around with me while reading the book.
Taking a photo of it is so much easier. (Added 19 Jan: This includes taking a screen photo of the map from within the kindle/e-reader app on your phone — which actually results in a much better quality image.)
Anyone else got any e-reader tips?