I am trying to make the effort to post something new everyday or every other day. Just don’t hold me to it if I happen to lapse a bit, ok? Anyway, as I was sitting at my desk, brainstorming for a new topic, I found myself staring at my Sony Reader and saw that it hadn’t been charged in more than a month. The battery was dead of course from non-usage.
Today, I charged her up because I remembered that I had a book I needed to read on that thing. But you know something? I haven’t been reading on my Sony lately. Why? My cellphone is just so much more convenient.
I’m not reviewing iPhone applications here but listing the reader apps that I am currently using on my iPhone. I’m sure you can find all kinds of reviews out there on google if that is what you like. This is just one reader’s opinion and experience with using the iPhone as a ereading device. I am also no technical guru and have no tech savvy whatever. I am just a reader with an opinion and an iPhone (that I hope to upgrade today at no charge for the 32GB 3 GS).
eReader App for iPhone
As much I lurve my Sony Reader, I like reading on my iPhone more. Why? Well, it doesn’t look too shabby as you can see for yourself from the pics (click on image to enlarge). The book I am currently reading on it is “The Pusher” by Ed McBain. Doesn’t it look nice? Sure the screen is small but I’m used to that having had a Pocket PC and using ubook. I’m sure the tiny print is probably what’s responsible for making me four eyed but I don’t actually mind reading on my iPhone and the experience has actually been quite pleasant.
The eReader Pro app doesn’t have as much flex as say Stanza when it comes to organizing your ebooks. What I do love about eReader Pro is the ability to buy my ebooks from Fictionwise, usually the multi-formatted ebooks or the DRM’d ereader format (.pdb) and when I open the application up on my iPhone, the books are automatically downloaded to my library. All I have to do is read. That almost sounds like a Kindle, doesn’t it?
Stanza Is Still #1
I love reading on Stanza just a tiny bit more than eReader and even added, with the help of Jane, the capability to use Calibre2Web with it which makes it full of win. I am able to have a online ebook catalog that is nicely organized and have my books at my disposal as long as my computer/laptop is running. I guess this makes my computer my own personal server. Of course, your ebooks must be converted to ePub. Use google to understand how to do that.
Calibre2Web makes it possible for me not to have to download everything to my iPhone and more importantly, it takes away the tedious job of having to download ebooks one at a time. How awesome is that? To set up Calibre2Web is no picnic and it took me approximately 4 hours to get it done but it is so worth the effort and the accompanying headache to set it up. In fact, Jane sounded like she probably could have strangled me but she was patient with me till the end. As usual.
Cellphones Make Good Reading Devices
Cellphones make good reading devices but that is just this reader’s opinion. I know some people do not like the screen size for reading. I never would have thought or said that a year ago but I strongly stand behind that statement today. Cellphones offer, what else, convenience. It’s my one stop shop for phone/music/reading/videos/movies and so on and so forth. It’s an all in one entertainment center.
In fact, all I would really need or require of my iPhone is that the battery life be superior. Apple has finally made a version of the iPhone that I am willing to upgrade to because it offers 32GB of storage space. I mean, imagine, the capacity to upload 100+ ebooks on a cellphone that I can slip into my purse or clip to my hip (I do a lot of the former). Isn’t that nice?
The Sony Reader PRS 505 is nice, too, but compared to the iPhone, it’s bulky and it doesn’t fit into my junky purse well at all; and sure, it will play your mp3’s and display pictures for you. Can you say so what? And to add insult to injury, it’s not even backlit due to the well known technological limitations inherent of E-Ink devices but you can buy a integrated reading light to resolve that issue. However, my iPhone is already backlit so, yeah. Is it fair to compare a smartphone to a dedicated reader? Probably not but I don’t much care.
I used to use Zachary Bedell’s Bookshelf but as nice as that application is, I rarely if ever use it anymore. It just doesn’t hold up to the competition, unfortunately. So, this wraps up my brief article on why my iPhone is preferred over my Sony Reader. I will still read on my Sony Reader, of course, hell, I paid for it, but it is a secondary device. The only problem I can see right now with using my iPhone is that I am locking myself into the eReader format and if Fictionwise should go belly up, my ebooks would be going with them. Maybe. Unless I learn how to strip the DRM off these ebooks but then that’s illegal.
iPhone equals convenience and it’s only natural to assume that more and more people will be reading on them. The only thing really missing is the one-click purchase and auto-download feature from your phone (not your desktop). You can use Safari and navigate to those websites to purchase your ebooks at Stanza and/or eReader Pro. I desire something akin to iTunes where you search, select and purchase as they say, “over the air.” I don’t utilize Stanza or eReader Pro to purchase ebooks. Nope. It’s a major headache. But then that discussion goes beyond the scope of my article. I’m just hear to tell you that reading on a cellphone is a lot more appealing and convenient than reading on a bulky, dedicated ereader device. I’m sure everything I’ve written thus far is not news but hey, I enjoyed writing it anyway.