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22 June 2008

How to Use the Opera Web Browser as an E-book Reader

First of all you'll need an e-book, (in html format). I can recommend the last one I read: Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, (choose the HTML file and bookmark it). I don't think this is the best book Cory Doctorow has ever written, but it's an easy reed, and highly relevant, dealing with terrorists, DHS and excessive surveillance, and of course - like all of Cory Doctorow's books, it's free and available in all formats.

After you have found and bookmarked your e-book you'll need to add a style sheet, suitable for reading text, to your Opera Browser. I use this one:
body { background-color: #ffffff;
max-width: 35em;
margin-left: 8em;
font-family: sans-serif !important;
font-size: 15px;
line-height: 1.8em !important;
text-align: left }
Cut and paste the code above into Notepad, or a similar program, and save the file as "yourname.css" in the Opera "styles\user" folder. (You can find the location of your "styles\user" folder under "About Opera" in the Help menu.) Your style sheet should now appear in the list of available style sheets in Opera. Open the Style menu and choose your style sheet. If you are having trouble with this try this guide: User CSS tips and code for Opera.

The final trick is to be able to pick up your reading at the same place you left it the previous day, or when ever. This can easily be done with "Save This Session" in the Opera File-menu. Whenever you want to save the page your on - save a new session. Whenever you want to continue reading - start your previously saved session.

Good reading!

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