Is your Kindle or Nook (or any other ebook reader) your constant companion? Have you shelved your “real” books for your ebook reader?
I am a book lover – in any format, really, but the convenience of ebooks make this format my main choice lately. One thing about ebook readers these days – at least those that function mainly as ebook readers – is that they are rather limited in functionality. I am not talking about the iPad, Samsung Galaxy, and other similar tablets. These devices can definitely be used as ebook readers, and they excel at that.
If you get the chance to use ebook readers such as the Kindle and the Nook, though, you will immediately notice just how limited they are. Then again, if all you really want or need is to read books (which is what these things are made for), then there is no issue. On the other hand, if you feel like getting more out of your ebook reader, you’ll be interested in what software developer Mark Longstaff-Tyrrell has created.
He has developed software that will allow you to watch video or animation on your ebook reader. Nook and Kindle owners already know that their devices are not meant for video playback. Knowing that, however, does not mean that one would not want the ability to watch video if at all possible. With Longstaff-Tyrrell’s solution, that ability is within reach of every ebook reader owner.
The premise is simple: to go around the refresh rate limitation of ebook readers. In order to do this, Longstaff-Tyrrell decided to pick out the critical frames in the video. Included in these frames are the ones which have the subtitles. The result? An HTML file or a PDF which you can read as if you were watching the video. There is also an option for an embeddable HTML player if you prefer that format.
Yeah, it is not exactly the same as actually watching the video. In fact, I wouldn’t blame you if the word “lame” is in your head right now. You have stop comparing ebook readers to the iPad, though. For something that totally cannot play videos, this solution is actually a brilliant workaround.