A modern English blending of the New Testament

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Notes on Reading an Electronic Book

Notes on Reading an Electronic Book

Many are wary about reading a book on the computer screen, but with a few tricks it can be quite pleasant.

The ideal environment may be a portable device such as a laptop or PDA. Such a version is under consideration.

On a desktop PC, it's important, for general prose, to not make the page very wide or try to get too much text on the screen. It's also important to keep margins on the left and right of the text.

It may be best to make the type very large and to sit far back from the screen. This makes things sharper (if you have good vision) and allows you to change your posture from time to time as you normally do when reading paper. Sitting hunched over a small screen is discomforting.

You can increase the size in most browsers by using the VIEW menu and selecting either "Text Zoom" or "Text Size" or sometimes "Increase Font". In some browsers keys like CTRL-+ or CTRL-] will also increase the size.

Make it big, then set the browser window so that the column is a comfortable width, similar to the width of a hardcover book page at reading distance. (A little wider than the width of your outstretched fist.)

Now find a comfortable way to hit the "page down" function regularly. In most browsers, you can just hit the space bar to move down through the document. Avoid using the mouse or something that requires careful aim. You'll find it's not difficult to view a little bit of text and hit this button frequently.

As you read, change your view and posture from time to time. You may find you actually enjoy reading on a computer.