Netbook and eBook enthusiasts have been using programs like EeeRotate to rotate their screens and read digital books in portrait mode for ages. But one user has gone a whole lot further by putting together a tutorial for using comic book readers, the Foxit Reader for navigating through PDF books with the touchpad.

He also created his own screen rotation program which he calls eeeBookmode.

Honestly, I’d rather read an eBook on my PDA or a keyboardless device like the Amazon Kindle. Using a computer to read books just seems too cumbersome. But if you don’t feel like shelling out the money for an eBook reader and you can’t stand the smell of paper, check out the video after the break to see the eeeBookmode in action.

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7 replies on “Turning an Asus Eee PC 701 into an eBook reader”

  1. actually .. this is an old one …. you also could use fbreader and almost every pdf reader … the programs are capable to turn screen orientation without changing the system settings. just one word about orientation: if you turn the screen counter clockwise you still can use mousepad and direction keys in a logical manner,whereas clockwise like in the video complicates things a lot.

  2. I love using my Eee 701 as an e-reader. It’s about the size and weight of a hardcover book (maybe even lighter than some!). Thanks for the link. I need a good program to view magazine size PDFs from Scientific American.

  3. I love paper books, but with this setup, I could take on trips a wide variety of material, including references, dictionaries, etc, without filling a suitcase.

    I’m sure it could be used with tablets, 10-inch netbooks, etc, but the 701 would make a smaller knot on your head if you fall asleep while reading in bed ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. this is why, a year ago, i was dead set on getting a tablet.

    any word on that dual screen laptop demo from this winter?

  5. My Sammy came with a tool for rotating the screen…but it also affected the mouse movement on the screen. Turning my screen 90 degree reverses and flipped my mouse in such a way that I ALMOST could not get my screen back because I could not get the mouse pointer back to click it off without my brain exploding.

    You know that scene is Apollo 13 where the capsule is spinning end-over-end while flipping and they need to adjust their course using a joystick…I WOULD HAVE DIED.

  6. ..or if you just need a uber-cheap device that can read every format, complex color PDFs full of graphics included, without any conversion needed (because it’s a computer) ๐Ÿ˜‰ or if u use it for comics like i do (.cbr, .cbz etc).. u dont really want to read american comics on a b&w e-ink display, dont u? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Btw thx for talking about my tutorial ๐Ÿ˜‰ i subscribed ur site many months ago with my google reader ๐Ÿ™‚


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