title of this article might lead you to believe that it concerns a self-help
group for mystics hopelessly addicted to reading life lines and love lines
on people's hands. Not so, but close. It is, or should be, a self-help
group for people who have discovered the Palm Reader, an application that
turns your Palm PDA into an e-book reader.
I have always thought an e-book reader was a capital idea. How nice
to be able to carry an entire library with you and not worry about what
to do with a book when you finish it. When I got my color Palm M130, I
didn't know that it could be used as an e-book reader until I discovered
the Palm Reader software that shipped with it. (Note: it also works on
my husband's old monochrome Palm IIIx.)
Necessity and my granddaughter Josie conspired to change my mind. Josie
picked up some sort of plague virus at her Preschool and shared it with
me on our weekly trip to ChickFila.
So it came to be that I was in bed on Memorial Day, trying to figure
out something to do besides examine the ceiling. After rereading all my
PC Alamodes for the past two years, I was in the mood
for more magazines.
Forcing my unsteady legs to carry me to my PC, I checked the Palm Website
to find out if any magazine titles existed for the Palm Reader. From there,
I ended up at Peanut
At Peanut Press, I found a generous selection of books and magazines.
I selected five issues of Handheld Computing magazine, which I downloaded,
along with an upgraded reader and a free
copy of the entire King James Bible. The download cost me about $20.
Now that I have my e-book reader, Solitaire, my former Palm-related
addiction doesn't take up as much of my fill-in time. I can now improve
my mind while I wait in line or in the doctor's office, sit under the steam
machine at the beauty shop or languish in bed with the plague.
An added benefit is that the bright backlit screen doesn't require use
of my clumsy book light when I'm trying to read at night but not disturb
my husband. Another benefit is that you can set your Palm to the Large
Fonts option and still read comfortably on the tiny screen. After all,
you only read one paragraph at a time.
Useful features of the reader software include a search function (handy
in church when the pastor says "Open your bibles to I Corinthians 13:1"),
a book marking function, a note-taking function, and an interactive table
of contents. You don't have to keep your stylus out, because you use the
mechanical scroll buttons at the bottom of your PDA to move forward and
back as you read.
Klingons and Vulcans alike, take note: Peanut Press has an amazing collection
of Star Trek titles from Classic to the new Enterprise series.