Microsoft Reader offers the pleasure of reading enhanced by the benefits of technology. It's designed to make the on-screen reading experience as close as possible to reading a printed book, while adding active reading capabilities, instant access to content and storage of a personal library.
Microsoft Reader isn't meant to replace paper books. It's simply the next logical step for people who love to read, and for people who spend increasing amounts of time using desktop PCs, laptops, and smaller, handheld devices.
Reviewing 1.5 (Aug 8, 2000)
Installs easily, no reboot was needed. There is also a free add-in for MS Word to allow you to create your own reader files. A free version of Encarta Dictionary is also available for download for use with the reader.
Main problem with Reader: A reincarnation of 1980's style copy-protection. Each copy of Reader must be activated using an MS Passport account. Only 2 activations (home & office?) are allowed per passport account. There seems to be no way to deactivate a reader, or to (re-)install on a different computer when you eventually upgrade or change your equipment. What happens to your copy-protected purchases at this point?
Reader offers no provisions for printing, other that cut&paste. No options to zoom a selected page, or to change font size. Page sizes seem to be equivalent to the mini-paperbacks you find at the checkout counters of supermarkets.
All-in-all, MS Reader doesn't match the features available thru Adobe Acrobat Reader, but it does have a few new features of its own such as an audio books option.
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