Microsoft Reader: Forget the Kindle
By on March 21st, 2009

Okay, so the claim is a little over the top (Kindle’s a brilliant gadget, and the charm lies in the hardware) but if you are looking for a eBook reading solution without paying those dollars- Microsoft Reader for your WinMo is a winner. It’s strange and disappointing that this effort from Microsoft has not really seen the popularity it deserves.

Microsoft Reader is available for PCs/Tablet PCs/UMPCs, as well as for Pocket PC devices. All versions of the application reads the eBooks in the .lit format. You can buy these eBooks from most of the popular eBook stores on the Web.

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A fascinating feature is the availability of a free Reader plug-in for Microsoft Office Word, which can convert your Word documents to .lit format with just one click. So, you can create eBooks on your own. A few dictionaries are available for free, including Encarta Pocket Dictionary, on the Reader homepage.

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Apart from the exhaustive sorting (by title, author, last read, book size, date acquired) options available in the Library; Reader provides brilliant annotation and navigation options while browsing through eBooks (see screenshots).

Microsoft Reader is available free of charge from the  Microsoft Reader homepage.

Author: Abhishek Baxi
Abhishek Baxi is an independent technology columnist for several international publications and a digital consultant. He speaks incessantly on Twitter (@baxiabhishek) and dons the role of Editor-in-Chief here at Techie Buzz.

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