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Chess E-books

Daniel Todd

Been playing chess since 8th grade. Have a penchant for unusual or unorthodox openings.

3 Responses

  1. Martin Stahl Martin Stahl says:

    I think the killer application for chess e-books is having some kind of embedded method to play through the variations/puzzles/games right on the screen. I haven’t really researched that very much but I don’t think there currently are any e-books, at least for portable devices, that have the capability.

    Even nicer, would be for that embedded board to have the ability to hook into your engine and do additional analysis right from the device.

    I am in agreement when it comes to price; e-books are too expensive most of the time. For a simple e-book, they already have an electronic version and it shouldn’t take many resources to convert it to that format and some of those cost savings should be passed along to the buyers.

    Of course, I’m mostly old fashioned on this issue and find reading a paper book much more pleasing. I have a number of public domain books I have read on my tablet, including a few chess books, but still prefer the older tech.

  2. Chris H. says:

    I concur fully on your comments concerning Kindle chess books. I have had the same experience. For chess, paper is the only way to go at the moment. For regular reading, however, I love my Kindle.

  3. Mike Davis says:

    On old thread here, but worthy of comment.

    The perhaps obvious solution to this issue is to substitute the e-Reader (Kindle, Nook, etc.) for a tablet. Everyman Chess books have an app that allows you to work with their embedded games on-screen, and of course you can use Kindle-specific e-books on any tablet by using a Kindle reader app, although dynamic moves are not available. Many popular books have been PGN’d by others and you can often find the files online for download into your UCI to use while you read the book.

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