I’m still not ready to look beyond my iPhone for general reading needs.
Yes, the screen is smaller compared to Amazon’s Kindle, and the battery life is certainly shorter – but it offers a much more rich experience for me, and I’ll never forget it at home.
There are some who love their Kindle, some who don’t want it at all, and some (like me) who are still waiting for that killer feature. When I was first asked to look at the Kindle – before it had been announced to the public, mind you – I suggested a few tweaks to the hardware. Looks like one of my suggestions made it into the new product (charging by USB).
That didn’t score me any brownie points, as I’d have to buy my Kindle just like the rest of the galaxy does. Only thing is: I really don’t feel that compelled to buy a Kindle.
With the next iteration of the Kindle set to be released in a few weeks, I asked my Twitter followers what they thought. Within minutes, I received these responses:
sib1013: If they'd sell me a *very* cheap license to all the real books I already own, I'd go for it. As it is, very little motivation
Ahh, reading the classics always makes me happy. I could spend hours just curling up with a good story on my iPhone. There is an App named Classics that allows you to listen to any one of several hundred different books on your iPhone. Escape into some of the greatest stories ever written and experience a revolutionary new reading platform, only for iPhone and iPod Touch.
We care deeply about these books. That’s why we’ve spent countless hours working on making them look just right on the screen, with included illustrations when available, and even our own, custom cover designs.
The best part? This collection will keep on growing. Just make sure to keep up with our free software updates!
Best of all, I’m giving away five of these Classics Apps to you! Yes – YOU! What you’ll need to do is to log into Twitter, and send out the tweet:
@chrispirillo I like this book (name the favorite story of yours) the most! go.tagjag.com/classics
Make sure you name the book you love to read, and add the link for the App! Otherwise, your entry won’t count! Get those tweets in quickly, and I’ll choose five of you to win the Classics App for your iPhone or iPod Touch!
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http://live.pirillo.com/ – An eBook is a book, or text put into a book format, that is in an electronic format which you can read on a mobile device or on your computer. Most eBooks nowadays are in the Portable Document Format (PDF), although some of them are still distributed as executable files.
If you're looking for free eBooks, you'll want to check out the Gutenberg project.
Why would you want to use an eBook as opposed to a physical book? Generally, it's much easier to search for information in an eBook format than searching through a bunch of index pages.
Is the eBook going to overtake the old physical book? Well, that remains to be seen: current eReaders are flawed in many ways and that will only help slow the adoption of eBooks.
What do you think? Will eBooks take over the world?
I think Jake’s talking about arranging an eBook sale at some point in the near future. Until then, this offer will have to tide you word lovers over:
I’ve been a follower of Lockergnome for several years now, going back to when it was the single newsletter. I’m amazed at how you guys can still crank out quality info every day. I love it! I work in IT at a relatively low-end job, but it puts clothes on the kids, food on the table, and a roof over our heads. Best of all, I work nights and get to spend the days with the kids (sleep is something thats missing though). Along with technology and the kids, my real passion is writing (and reading). I’ve written one novel and I’m working on a second. I went the self publishing route using LuLu.com. I’m really happy with them; the books look great. My only two wishes are for an editor and marketing guru. What i’d like to do, if you are so inclined, is to offer the first twenty Gnomies to email me (gnomie @ jasontjohnson.com) the PDF for free. If you want to check it out first, I have the prologue and first few chapters online.
Well, a free eBook is certainly better than no eBook at all. If only I wasn’t behind on my reading materials. Everybody, could you please not publish anything new this week? Thanks. I ‘preciate it.