E-Reading Tips:

Let's face it; this is a long long book. When printed out in a nice hefty font on 8 1/2" by 11" paper (in landscape), it came to some 325 pages. I would bet that YOU have never read anything that hefty on a computer before. Here are a few things you can do to make the experience bearable:

1) Increase the font size. Click on "View" in your browser right now. Netscape has an "increase font" command. You can select this again and again until you could read the screen from well over three miles away. Microsoft's Internet Explorer has a "text size" submenu, in which you can select "largest." The effect is not nearly as striking as on Netscape, so you might want to use Netscape to read this, if you've already got Netscape downloaded and all.

2) Narrow the viewing window. You'd think it would be easier to read text with as much as possible of it on the page. Not having to scroll down so much is kind of nice, but studies show (whose studies? hell if I know; I heard about this third hand) that when you get to the end of a line, your eyes have trouble finding the next line down if the window is too wide. This is why hefty books have columns. Go ahead and narrow your viewing window, then, to something like the size of a paperback. Yes, you'll have to keep scrolling down, but your eyes will give you a gooey kiss for it.

3) Don't read too much at a time. I realize that in this webby world the chance of you actually remembering to come back to any given site and finish reading something you started earlier is generally remote, but I promise you that this thing is too damn long to read in one sitting. The style is also, well, sort of painful in the way, say, an academic work of philosophy is. It's much better if you just savor it pretty slowly and make sure you get everything. The text has been handily divided into "sittings," which have been translated into separate web pages. They were really meant to be read one per sitting, and those people who actually did this reported a generally more pleasurable experience than many of those who didn't. Use your "bookmark" feature on your browser as an actual bookmark for once!

4) Be brave, for a plot will eventually form and things do eventually make sense.

Enjoy your e-reading! Maybe you could do some on the e-toilet or while chewing e-gum (or e-chewing gum) or perhaps baking an e-delicious pastry of some sort.

Love, me

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