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E-book readers for full music scores

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Hi,

has anyone any experience or recommendations regarding e-book readers, or similar tools such as the ipad, for use reading full music scores, such as symphonies and operas in pdf format.

I would like something that I could download and read such files, which I understand are available for free on the internet.

The standard Kindle only has a 6 inch diagonal screen, which is clearly too small. The larger Kindle DX has a 9 inch diagonal screen, which is the same size as a score page in my Eulenberg minature scores, but I've read some negative reviews about its capacity with pdf scores, saying that it clifs off the bottom line of music.

Any suggestions or opinions gratefully received.

Regards,

Trystan.

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Scores are always best on paper, esp big paper. I've never seen any screen, laptops and desktops included, that compares to the traditional printed score.

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I agree with Tokke. Printed scores are my favorite as well. Though, I am intrigued by seeing sheet music on a Kindle-type device. It could eliminate alot of clutter in my house if they decided to market alot of sheet music on the Kindle network. (And increased the screen size, of course...) I might be willing to try, but I don't see liking it better than a printed score.

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This week I got to play with an iPad and downloaded an IMSLP score of Mars from Holst.

I would always buy a score on paper if I were to study it in depth, but for having a bunch of these imslp ones on the go, the iPad is ideal!

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Paper is the best (and the most cheap) way to dealing with big scores. Kindle has trouble with digitized scores of old editions (ej. IMSLP ones), because they are escencially a bunch of jpgs or pngs joined in one archive and the LCD of the Kindle isn't designed to work with images, but with fonts and characters. The scores who fits well in Kindle are ones made in Finale/Sibelius/Lilypond and written into pdf (Ej. Mutopia ones).

iPad didn't have these problems, because his LCD screen has the same of a normal laptop.

Hope this helps.

Greetings.

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Scores are hard to see if not on a big piece of paper...An iPad or reader simply isnt the best way...My 27" imac does the best job of any virtual method I have seen..but you cant really tote it around with you

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