[raleigh.rb] Reading Programming Books

Nathan L. Walls nathan at wallscorp.us
Thu Dec 29 19:11:00 EST 2011


I use iBooks for my technical reading on both the iPad and iPhone. The PragProg books look good as ePub texts, as do A Book Apart texts. I have previously found the Kindle app's annotation capability somewhat lacking.

Good luck finding something that suits you.

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Nathan L. Walls

On Dec 29, 2011, at 4:27 PM, Mark Mzyk <mmzyk at programmersparadox.com> wrote:

> While I don't have an iPad, I've found my Kindle Fire to be good for reading technical books. It is possible to get dropbox installed on the Fire and it handles PDF's well (I haven't tried a programming book in mobi format).
> 
> I'll also add the caveat that I've only had the Fire since Christmas, so my impression isn't based on a long usage period. I think the addition of color probably helps a lot over the original Kindles.
> 
> - Mark Mzyk
> On Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 4:21 PM, Mark Imbriaco wrote:
> 
>> I tried really hard to consume programming books on the Kindle and was unsatisfied. I even bought the large screened Kindle DX in an attempt to make it work, and it is usable but still a pretty poor solution. Searching is slow, page turns are slow, etc.
>> 
>> The iPad, on the other hand, is a wonderful solution. I use GoodReader for all my technical texts and am very happy with it. It is snappy, has very flexible navigation and search, Dropbox integration, good support for annotations, and so on. Really happy with it.
>> 
>> -Mark
>> 
>> On Dec 29, 2011, at 3:36 PM, Tom Brooke <tom.brooke at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 
>>> 
>>> I have a ton of programing books, I've printed out a bunch of PDF's and I've read some on my laptop - I haven't tried them with my wife's Ipad but it seem to me that a Kindle would be the answer for programming reference books and it is a whole lot cheaper than an ipad but I googled it some and saw a lot of comments that indicated the kindle wasn't good for programming books because it didn't format code right, was difficult to tell colons from semicolons etc
>>> 
>>> So any thoughts on reading code books (I have an appointment with the eye doctor Monday may I just need new glasses)
>>> 
>>> Tom Brooke
>>> 
>>> 
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