On Christmas Day I was surprised with a present wrapped in gold paper which contained a Kindle 2 ereader. This thin device, once charged and tied into the Pod’s wifi, soon provided me with regular issues of USA Today along with a number of other bits and pieces of reading pleasure. My use of the device has been a bit sporadic though, namely due to the fact that I do not always have the money to purchase ebooks for consumption.
Still, I’ve warmed up to the device. I read World War Z by Max Brooks on the device and enjoyed the experience. With the cover, the device almost fit my hand, something I can not say for most books, which are a notch too big and awkward. I wish the page turning buttons were a bit bigger but aside from that, I have no real complaints about the actual reading experience on the device.
Well, my Kindle isn’t always available for duty. Sometimes it freezes up. Sometimes it seems like the battery, which is supposed to last for a month even in sleep mode, dies on me. I suffered through a week of frustration as I tried to resurrect the device in order to continue reading Paul McAuley’s The Quiet War.
Never fear, I have a third gen iPod iTouch with a kindle app onboard. I had recently hooked the device into my account, downloaded the info I needed and moved forward from there. When my Kindle pulled a Rip Van Winkle on me, I drew out my Touch and brought up The Quiet War.
Reading on a small screen? How did that work out, you ask? Better than you’d think, believe it or not. The device syncs up with your last read page if it has access to wifi, which the Touch did during lunch. Tapping one side of the screen or the other advanced the text effortlessly.
Which do I enjoy reading off of more?
Well, I gotta say that I think I like reading on the smaller Touch more than I like reading on the Kindle 2. The Touch has farted out on me one time and that was months back. If only you could combine the touch screen ease of the Touch with the read it in the daylight screen of the Kindle 2, I’d be a happy man.
My general thoughts?
First, I wouldn’t have a Kindle app if I hadn’t received a Kindle 2 in the first place. Without the Kindle 2, I wouldn’t have an Amazon account.
Second, I suspect that if I could afford one, I’d purchase an iPad 2 and phase out the Kindle, or perhaps use it as a reserve device. It might be handy to have it open to a page in one book while I’m working on something on another device. Or if I wanted to show someone something, I could sync two devices up and show them the page I was referring to.
Third, I find I do more and more reading off of a screen and less off of an actual printed piece of material.
Finally, I think things are going to change big time. Perhaps not an original assessment of the situation. The key is trying to figure out how to make money out of this change. Those that do so will hold the keys to the printing universe for the next generation.