Out With Kindle for PC In With Kindle for iPhone

I blogged previously about Sampling Books with Kindle for PC, this is a brief follow-up.

I am no longer using Kindle for PC. The problem is I don’t like to read on my PC. I spend all day at it working, and the last thing I want to do is read a book on it. While I had great expectations, it didn’t work out they way I thought it would.

But, something else has worked out.

A few weeks ago I got an iPod Touch and immediately downloaded Kindle for iPhone. While the screen is small, it is surprisingly readable and has achieved what I was hoping Kindle for PC would. I have been trying out samples of books, and also reading some free books (20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, a sci-fi classic that I never got around to reading).

Maybe this isn’t true for everyone, but I read differently on my computer, and really can’t bring myself to do my leisure reading on it.

You might ask why didn’t I get a Kindle instead? The answer is versatility. The iPod Touch does a lot of things I wanted (contacts, calendar, games, apps,  as well as ebooks), and since AT&T doesn’t work at my house an iPhone was out of the questions. The Touch was the next best thing.

Kindle for the iPhone is not perfect; it is missing some of Kindles better features (dictionary look up, and Wikipedia integration), and has some annoyances (it won’t let me copy text so I can easily look up things on Wikipedia myself, and I can’t get properly formatted books from Project Gutenberg on it — everything has to come from Amazon), but it is getting me what I wanted: A decent ebook experience.

I still think there is a place for the Kindle and other larger eBook readers, but for now, this will do.



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