But she decided that she might as well go to bed no matter what time it was. One whole wall was filled with books, both shelves and spindle racks. She found a spool of Kipling’s Just So Stories and took it happily upstairs with her.
Here she found another small surprise. The bed in the room she had been given was as modern as next week, complete with automassage, coffee dispenser, weather control, reading machine, etc. — but the alarm circuit was missing, there being only a plain cover plate to show where it had been. Jill shrugged and decided that she would probably not oversleep anyway, crawled into bed, slid the spool into the reading machine, lay back and scanned the words streaming across the ceiling. Presently the speed control slipped out of her relaxed fingers, the lights went out, and she slept.
“Stranger in a Strange Land” by Robert A. Heinlein
I read the above quotation when I was a teenager. And boy did it leave an impression. That book was written in 1961 (yeah, that’s Science Fiction, social science fiction to be exact), but waow.
And when the iPad came along, I started to implement something very much akin to the above quotation:
You can read more about it in the posting “Reading eBooks on a Tablet Comfortably in Bed (also: watching movies)” and this one “Reading Effortless in Bed with a Tablet and a Monitor Arm (Update)“.
But there still is one problem: Turning the pages requires you to life your arm and swipe the pages on the iPad (e.g., of a digitized book in GoodReader).
First world problem? Sure.
So I was more than happy to (more or less accidentally) read the GoodReader update notes. Here’s what they have written:
Oh … yes. You can use keyboard keys to turn the pages. Not sure yet about the page turner, but I’ll look into it. For the moment, I’m more than happy that I can put my iPad into Airplane mode (i.e., no matter what I do half-asleep, nothing bad will happen) and start turning pages with my Bluetooth keyboard.
I mean, you just press “Lock Page” …
… and a simple Bluetooth keyboard allows you to turn the pages with the arrow keys.
No more “fighting” gravity. Just reading completely relaxed. If you want to highlight good quotations, just leave the “Lock Page” mode. But other than that, just read.
Combined with reducing the contrast and brightness I think that’s a beautiful argument that reading digitally does have its advantages.
Update: I have contacted the AirTurn support and they replied almost immediately. They confirm that you can use the AirTurn DIGIT II, a small remote, to turn the pages. They write:
I just tested out our product, the DIGIT II, with GoodReader on an iPad. I put the DIGIT II in mode 2 and the left and right arrows turned the pages backwards and forwards. The up and down arrows also turned the pages backwards and forwards. The middle button did not do anything. I also tested out mode 3 and just the left and right buttons turned the pages backwards and forwards.
The remote looks small and really useful. I wonder about battery life and other potential issues, but I know what I put on my wishlist for my next birthday. 🙂