Monthly Archives: February 2012

The perfect e-book reader configuration

One among the innumerable joys of the final year are those long breaks you get when you have finished the work assigned in the project and you are waiting for the review from the professor. The minimum duration of these breaks is 3 days and depending on your luck may extend upto a week. So, that can imply only one thing – read books. I was a fanatical reader before 10th standard, finishing at the least four books in a week. Though, I must confess most of them were Hardy Boys or The Three Investigators series of books. Ah, 10th standard. Read now and your life will be set, they said. Then pre-university. Read for 12th/JEE/AIEEE/CET and your life will be set, they said. The story didn’t change once I got into IIT. In between all these hullaboo I gradually gave up reading books other than my textbooks. All my novels were kept out of sight in some almirah. Thankfully, one of them – Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie, escaped the attention of my parents. I used to sneak out the book when alone and read it. Till date it is my favourite book and I think I have read it half a dozen times.

After coming to IIT, in between those innumerable assignments, I could hardly find time to pick up a book. This year though, is different. Over the past few months my reading frequency has picked up and I am back into the groove of finishing a book at an average of one book a week, a nice mix of fiction and non-fiction. To list the books,

  1. Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond
  2. The Prestige by Christopher Priest
  3. God of Small Things by Arundathi Roy
  4. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
  5. The Argumentative Indian by Amartya Sen
  6. India After Gandhi by Ramachandra Guha
  7. Bartemius-Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud
  8. A Song of Ice and Fire – Game of thrones by George R.R Martin
  9. A Song of Ice and Fire – A Clash of Kings by George R.R Martin
  10. A Song of Ice and FireA Storm of Swords by George R.R Martin
  11. Dune by Frank Herbert
  12. Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert
  13. Children of Dune by Frank Herbert
Right now, I am reading the fourth  book of A Song of Ice and Fire-A Feast of Crows on my laptop and a collection of short stories by P.G Wodehouse from a book.  Finally after much experimenting, I have discovered the ideal e-book reading configuration, thanks to which I have been able to read close to 7.5k pages of A Song of Ice and Fire series.  Calibre E-book Reader along with Artha thesaurus on the side with a black background so that I don’t get too distracted. Super Effective it is.  🙂