Now you can turn your Macbook into an ebook reader

have you ever wanted to hold your Macbook sideways (like a book)? (I bet you probably haven’t, actually.) But now you can!

A developer by the name of Nathan Stevens has released Mac Screen Rotate, and the app does exactly what it says. The app cost $5, and it works best on the Air or the 13″ Macbook. nathan thinks that anything larger is too awkward to hold.

The app rotates the screen and the trackpad, and it also assigns several shortcuts so you can switch back and forth easily.

BTW, I’m pretty sure that OSX already had this feature. You might want to try this before parting with your $5. I suspect that the built in feature might not rotate your trackpad, though.

P.S. If anyone wants to try this on a 17″ Macbook Pro, please take a picture. I wanna see it.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Benjamin Ady28 June, 2011

    That is totally kewl. is there a pc version anywhere?

    1. Nate Hoffelder28 June, 2011

      Windows XP (and later versions) has this as a standard feature.

      1. Andrys30 June, 2011

        I think -some- netbooks implement it. I’ve used this with my 10.2″ Samsung NC10-14 running Win XP, for almost two years and it’s great.

        But friends with other netbooks aren’t able to do it, at least not with the same control keys. But there’ve been $5 utilities to add it when people don’t have it available.

        One drawback is that the cursor mechanisms are not great when in that mode.

        1. Nate Hoffelder30 June, 2011

          I must be lucky then because I’ve found the feature on every laptop encountered in the past 3 years.

          Thanks for correcting the facts.


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