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Old 07-13-2008, 10:09 AM   #61
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Well Fictionwise didn't do us any favors when they purchased eReader and started promoting it.
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Old 07-13-2008, 10:13 AM   #62
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Well Fictionwise didn't do us any favors when they purchased eReader and started promoting it.
It's easy to understand why controlling a format and a DRM system is attractive for a company: $$$.

But in the meantime, it makes things much more complicated for the end-user and for e-books in general to reach a mass-market audience.
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Old 07-13-2008, 10:39 AM   #63
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I guess I have to disagree with the naysayers. I've owned the Sony Reader (it's out on loan to a friend) and when I bought the iPhone and was able to add books to it, I stopped using the Sony Reader altogether.

I read everywhere and having the iPhone be my reader as well is ideal. For the record, I can read a book and a half without a charge. It's definitely not as sweet as the Sony Reader's battery life (and other comparable devices) but it's not troublesome for me in any way.

I don't think I suffer from ADD and most of my reading is novel length books.
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Old 07-13-2008, 01:13 PM   #64
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I voted yes, even though I don't have one and don't plan to get one. I like my iLiad just fine, but I think the marketing/cultural popularity of the iPhone/iPod Touch will be a huge push behind any app available, and ebooks being commercially available was the last necessary step.

Yes, the whole system could be much better designed and easier to use, but I still think it's going to be hugely popular, among people who would never have bought a Kindle. It will probably push other phone vendors into making sure ebook readers are available and promoted on their phones as well.
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Old 07-15-2008, 08:30 AM   #65
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Apparently Apple sold 1 million iPhones just this weekend. Add to that number the people who have upgraded their iPod touch (me included) and existing iPhone updaters and that's a pretty big number of potential readers. Even if it only introduces people to the idea that they can easily carry around a stock of books with them, it's got to be good for ereading in general as some of those people will progress to the larger dedicated devices too!
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Old 07-15-2008, 11:21 AM   #66
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Maybe the Kindle sold 1 Million devices but they are shy to announce it

Sure there will be a place for the Kindle and Sony and so on, as niche devices for us hardcore readers. But mass market - I guess this iPhone opening to ebooks just nailed the coffin for that...
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Old 07-15-2008, 11:35 AM   #67
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IMHO Two completely different animals. Yes, you can read on the Iphone BUT the Kindle is a dedicated reader. Thats what it was designed for, even the browser is primarily designed for getting more books.Trying to compare the two is an exercise in futility. Again, IMHO....
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Old 07-15-2008, 11:44 AM   #68
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We now have two very good eBook programs for the iPhone -- Stanza and Bookshelf. Both let you put books on the iPhone wirelessly, and both work. Bookshelf still lacks the ability to navigate -- something Stanza has. I compared the iPhone to my large-screen Clie, on which I have read many long novels, and found it is better (the resolution is higher, and the print doesn't look jagged). Everything is habit. If you get used to reading on the iPhone, you'll like it. At least that was my experience. Imagine how many books you could carry on the 16gb model. Thousands. And they're always there. I hate the Kindle.
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Old 07-15-2008, 11:48 AM   #69
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The iPhone offers a different experience than a dedicated reader, true, but I think quite a few people will actually prefer it, for various reasons. (I'm happy with my iLiad, but I can see how people might like the iPhone better.)
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Trying to be everything to everyone is a noble intention. I think this is what Apple is trying to do. I applaud their efforts. It may work for them. For me, I'll stick to my Kindle. I just want to read any book I want anywhere I want. Almost there....... Had you told me 2 months ago I would be traveling with 150plus books in my purse I would have laughed.
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Old 07-15-2008, 12:34 PM   #71
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I hate the Kindle.
Might one ask why?
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talaivan, please, tell us why you 'hate the kindle' Do you own one?
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Old 07-15-2008, 01:46 PM   #75
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Smoke the Kindle?

Couldn't help but weigh in with some of the other opinions about the limitations of the iPhone as a reader. Anyone trying to using it for reading a book is not a serious reader but is more interested in a making a fashion statement.
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