Asus Eee PC looks promising for ebook reading.

For a while I’ve been looking for a portable device to read ebooks. I chew through a lot of techie books to pick up new languages and geek knowledge, but the dead tree versions take up a lot of room and are a pain to travel with. Most of the popular publishers like Apress and O’Reilly make electronic versions of their books available now–and most of the time at a discount, so it’s a win for me. I’ve looked at several devices, but most of them come up short when it comes to a key feature: searching. Sony, I’m lookin’ at you. The Sony ebook reader looks good for novels, but I just don’t see myself using it when I’m skimming through 500 pages of a Python reference. My next hunch was to check out a Palm or something like the Nokia Internet Tablet, but the loss of screen real-estate doesn’t seem to make those a good match. So I’ve narrowed my options down to a tablet PC, or a micro notebook, the main disadvantage there being price.

Enter the Asus Eee PC available later this year. The lowdown:

  • Runs Linux, so it’ll be hackable
  • 800×480 and maybe 1280×768 screen resolution
  • Solid state hdd, so you get 15 sec. boot times
  • wireless
  • $250, cheap!
  • plenty of cpu to run a pdf reader

The downside being it’s 3hr battery life.

I’ll be keeping my eye on this one. Any other ideas for a gadget primarily to read pdfs and maybe surf?

Asus Eee PC First Thoughts


About John Herren

John Herren is a developer and technical consultant with focus on web applications. He currently serves as Director of Development for Primetime US, the company behind the hit movie and book The Secet. John was formerly staff writer and developer community evangelist for Zend Technologies. Along with founding neat experiments like, John is an active member in the mashup community, working with API providers and speaking at conferences. He is a published author of Linux certification study material. John enjoys using open source software like PHP and Ruby on Rails to bend the web into exciting new chimeras of hyperlinked goodness. View all posts by John Herren

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