Paperback Book Versus 7″ Tablet, Part One

I noticed this once before but couldn’t photograph it due to my ignorance — at that time — of how to access the Macro feature of the damn camera.

This is the standard test PDF from Google Books I’ve used — Success: A Novel [Google Books, Google Docs for those outside of the U.S.; don’t worry, it’s public domain] — on my current monitor with Adobe Reader:


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By the way, this is a crap 15″ 1024 x 768 flatscreen monitor on its last legs, so YMMV if you try this at home.

Close-up of that text:


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Close-up of the text from my paperback copy of Think and Grow Rich (which I pulled out due to this Engadget photo):


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And here is where it gets interesting. On-screen is the same height and same text size as the book:


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Surprisingly, so is line length:


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Now we bring in the preliminary faux tablet bits:


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Despite the camera distortion, they’re all lined-up at their bottoms. Note that the NookColor brochure is the size of the device itself, although the photo isn’t filling the cover (a FAIL on B&N’s part, I think).

And now this:


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Page height nearly fits that screen.

And this:


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Line length is however wider.

Thing is, that’s just Think and Grow Rich, which has small text and narrow margins in print. Other paperback books have wider margins and larger text.

The paperback is the same height as the entire Galaxy Tab. So, that size tablet is just about the new paperback book. And all bets are off when a book is made electronic; text size and sometimes margins too can be adjusted at will. Also note that the most popular eInk screen size is just six inches.

I don’t have a 7″ tablet of my own to try the PDF on, but if you do, feel free to download it and give it a shot and report in Comments.

By the way, you needn’t do this with a NookColor. That was already done:


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It’s mainly loading and page-turn times that interest me since clearly it can be read on a 7″ screen.

I’ve also emailed that PDF to Chippy of Carrypad. He’s getting an HTC Flyer in this week and I want him to see how well it displays on it using Adobe Reader X. I hope he will do that and I’ll have a Part Two to this post (yes, Chippy, I am instilling guilt in you!).

Previously here:

Size Comparison: Kindle 3 Vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab
PDF And ePub On Asus Eee Note
eInk Nook Reading Google Books PDF
Mass Market Paperback Vs. Tablets
Photo: Samsung Galaxy Tab Vs. NookColor
More PDF Action On Rooted NookColor
Video: PDF And ePub On Archos 101 Android Tablet
Google Books PDF On Rooted NookColor
NookColor Handling Office Files
Google Books PDF Smackdown: NookColor Vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab Vs. iPad
Kobo Reader Vs. Mass-Market Paperback

3 Comments

Filed under Digital Overthrow, eBooks: General, eBooks: Screens, Other Hardware

3 responses to “Paperback Book Versus 7″ Tablet, Part One

  1. aitch

    very interesting and I can’t wait for the second part.
    Most of my e-books are in Pdf format which could be a bit hard to read on a 7″ tab unless you resize and then you’d have to keep turning-frustrating!
    I wanted to buy the Samsung 10″ tab but they removed all the good features (usb, hdmi, sim card and micro sd card) so I’m so confused and I don’t wanna but the 7″ version and wind up with not so readable PDFs

    If you have any hints or opinion about reading pdfs on samsung galaxy 7” tab please let me know..

  2. aitch

    Oops, thanks…

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