Post by dhammanando on Dec 30, 2008 1:18:21 GMT 10
I prefer books too, but I've often read lengthy texts that I've downloaded (e.g. this year Fr. Augustine Baker's Sancta Sophia and all four volumes of Calvin's Institutes). To make it easier on the eyes I put the text into a sans serif font. To make it easier on the fingers I then convert the file to a pdf. In that format I can scroll just by tapping the space key, whereas for a text file I would have to hold one key down and tap another.
Post by retrofuturist on Dec 30, 2008 8:16:48 GMT 10
Yes I prefer books too, although it would be great if books had a keyword search function like online texts do. Except for a few rare exceptions, I couldn't tell you off the top of my head the location of many suttas in the Canon... it can make it difficult to refind something I'm looking for. On-line texts however are a wonderful complement to Dhamma discussion... to be able to point to an appropriate sutta and say "This is what the Buddha had to says about it" is very convenient and powerful.