I’m trying to improve on my PHP skills this week, and decided to pick up a few ebooks, as opposed to running up to Half Price Books to snag them. They ended up being in PDF format, which I figured was no big deal, and would likely make it easier to read them on different devices in the future. I’ve got both the Nokia N800 and my old P1610 (which is for sale) and figured between the two, surely I could come up with a great PDF ebook reader.
Sadly, I didn’t. I expected to be able to fit the ‘book’ fullscreen in portrait mode, which is supported on both devices. The N800 (using Evince) doesn’t stretch it to fit, though the P1610 with Adobe Reader 9 does. The other thing I wanted to be able to do was write in the book, just like I would a real one. All I need is a ‘draw’ toolbar with a pencil and eraser, so that I can underline things, circle them, or make other notations for future reference. Ideally, this information would be saved to the PDF, so that if I make the edits on the P1610 and then later open it on the N800, they’d be visible.
Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be possible without shelling out even more money to strip the restrictions off the PDF. This is extremely frustrating. I don’t want to have to convert the PDFs into some other format, nor am I all that interested in paying for the ‘privilege’ of writing in my own books.
DRM, once again, has gotten in the way, and is a great example of technology NOT enriching or enabling my real life. What a letdown. Anyone got any suggestions?