This one is sure to kindle your interest . A Kindle (Amazonâ€™s eBook reader) retails for $300.Â It has a black and white screen and you have to purchase and books, newspapers, magazines, and blogs to read on it. Sure, it saves a lot of trees, but it definitely has it’s limitations.
However, hope is not lost! We’ll show you how to turn a Tablet PC into a DIY eBook reader which can search thousands of free ebooks online, far from the clutches of Amazon.Â The project below is to design an eBook reader with a high resolution, full color display.Â All that, at a fraction of Kindle’s cost.
The building block of his version of a personal eBook reader is a tablet PC. Though itâ€™s not meant to be a clone, it comes pretty close. The tablet PC is born again as an eBook reader in four steps:
1. Find a cheap tablet PC
2. Tweak the OS
The idea is to uninstall unwanted software and tweak the settings to make it more eBook reader like. For instance, a high contrast/white for the background, larger icons and remapping the buttons for page switching.
3. Install reader software
Choices are plenty with Calibre , Adobe’s PDF reader and ComicRack for eBooks. Zinio for digital mags, FeedDemon for RSS. Another suggestion is to bookmark newspaper sites like the New York Times Article Skimmer version and sites like Project Gutenberg for no-fee, copyright-free books.
4. Boot it up and enjoy!
A Wi-Fi connection really helps for instant downloads. With all the downloading done, all thatâ€™s left is to choose a quiet corner and turn the pages.Â Once you get hold of a cheap tablet PC, the rest is dirt simple. Your own Kindle replacement for $200.
As you start off with hacking the Windows OS, some of these tips and tricks from our windows hacks will help:-