Bringing my bookshelf along when travelling
It might sound strange, but one of the first things that I always check before travelling would be to ensure that I have adequate reading materials on me. And I’m not referring to carrying stacks of magazines or physical books in my luggage either; I simply ensure that I have an adequate number of ebooks loaded into my smartphone of choice.
The idea here is simple; condensing as much functionality into a smartphone as possible will only result in less (other) hardware to lug around, including the laptop. With the HTC Tilt 2 specifically, I find it a simple matter to load a free ebook reader software like the one from Mobipocket and download some of my purchased ebooks onto the device. This way, I know that I will stay entertained regardless of which part of the world that I might be heading to.
Beyond purchased or pre-formatted ebooks, the desktop-based Mobipocket Reader Desktop 6.2 also allows me to easily convert my own PDF documents, HTML pages or even text files into the correct ebook format. The small amount of preparation is completely worth it as it eliminates the need to lug volumes of physical books, or bring a laptop along for reading purpose.
In the attached picture, you can see me holding the Tilt 2 with my hands. While the portrait position is my favourite when it comes to reading on the move (waiting for the transfer, to check-in, on the way to the airport, for example), the unique strength about the Tilt 2 is the ease with which it can be transformed into a hands-free ebook reader by positioning it with its keyboard out on the table.
Well, time for me to go back to my ebooks.
April 1, 2:41 pm