GLASSBOOK.Software for electronic books
Price: Free for standard reader, or "plus" version for $39
* The Good
The folks at Glassbook think laptop (and some desktop) users will download their software reader rather than shell out around $200 for a separate, bulky bulk·y
adj. bulk·i·er, bulk·i·est
1. Having considerable bulk; massive.
2. Of large size for its weight: a bulky knit.
3. Clumsy to manage; unwieldy. device for reading electronic texts. They're probably right. It's one less thing to lug (1) (Linux Users Group) A formal or informal organization of Linux users who gather together virtually or in person to exchange information and resources. Some groups maintain mailing lists and send out newsletters for their members. , and the software works just fine. A Mac beta version A pre-shipping release of hardware or software that has gone through alpha test. A beta version of software is supposed to be very close to the final product, but, in practice, it is more a way of getting users to test the software in the first place under real conditions. is, as usual, promised.
* The Bad
If you have one of those superslim ultralight ul·tra·light
A recreational aircraft constructed of lightweight materials such as aluminum, graphite composites, or high-strength plastics, having an engine of roughly 15 to 40 horsepower and often resembling a hang glider with wings. laptops with fine enough graphics, this is great. If not, you're pretty much holding a computer at an uncomfortable angle.
* Who Should Buy
Early adopters, executives or technical folks who carry around heavy manuals or business bestsellers they are going to browse, not read seriously.
* Who Should Not
Beach readers, bibliophiles.