Thursday, August 27, 2009

i-Phone the Next Kindle? - Guest Post by Wisteria from Bookworm's Dinner

So, I was thinking, maybe I would get a Kindle just to have for those times when I went away on vacation or to carry in my purse, just in case I got stuck in a line of traffic. Maybe, I’d forget my book I always carry and there I’d be twiddling my thumbs, feeling stupid because I could be reading a book. Looking around me, the options are not always enticing. Don’t you just hate the airline magazines, or getting caught in a doctor’s office where their idea of waiting room magazines are Field and Stream, Golf Digest, Medical Journal or Highlights? I have nothing against fishing, golf, knowing about the next heart procedure or children’s magazines, however I do take issue (no pun intended) with doctors who have tunnel vision and who have limited focus and select reading entertainment for their patients that serves small segments of society.

Anyway, I am digressing. The other day I was surfing the Internet and was pleased to discover that my i-Phone can be converted into a Kindle reader. Yes, you can download and application for your i-Phone making it a smaller version of the Kindle. Amazon has already the Kindle version of a book, adapted to the i-Phone through Amazon. How cool is that? I have been downloading e-books from Barnes and Noble for a while. Their classics are only .99 cents. I have Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility.

Now I don’t have to spend all that money on a Kindle. I already spent enough on my i-Phone and truly I marvel at the applications I can download. Every day there is something new. I haven’t decided if there is an advantage yet to having the Kindle on my i-Phone versus a Kindle, however, I normally buy books online. Now I have the option when shopping to purchase a digital version; remember there is no shipping when it is digital. The time to download is seconds. I find the small size perfect because it fits in the palm of your hand. Also, you always have your phone with you. I read so much of Pride and Prejudice just from standing in lines and waiting in doctors offices. It was astonishing.

Now to be fair I don’t own a Kindle, so my point of reference is only as an i-Phone user. However, from doing research on the two, some of the differences are as follows:
  1. The i-Phone is in color.
  2. The i-Phone is similar to the Kindle as you can change the font size and bookmark pages.
  3. The i-Phone will keep your place when the phone is shut off, as the Kindle will.
  4. The i-Phone at this time will only download books; periodicals are not available as they are on the Kindle.
  5. The i-Phone is always with you for other purposes, where the Kindle is not.
  6. The i-Phone is smaller and more accessible on the fly.
If you would like more information about the application for i-Phone you can go to: Comparing Kindle 2 with Kindle's iPhone app

I hope anyone with an i-Phone will think twice about getting a Kindle. You already have one. I love having the option although honestly I can’t curl up with my i-Phone and a cup of tea. It just isn’t the same. But we live in the 21st century and its all about technology, change and hopefully convenience.

So, filling in for Ms. Literary Feline, this has been a real enjoyable treat. I hope you found this post up to her high standards.

As a way of saying thanks for stopping by, I am including this post in my three book giveaway contests this month for comments made today. I also have one contest at Bookworm's Dinner that I have extended the end date. I have three copies of I Can See You, by Karen Rose.

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  1. The Kindle's not an option for me in any version as it's not available outside the US. But when I was lusting after an e-book reader and and i-phone earlier this year I realized that the i-phone would probably be enough. So I'm hoping to get one once my current cell phone contract expires in November. Can't wait!

  2. Sigh. I already have an iPhone and a Kindle. I will probably buy anything else that advertises itself as book-ish. I love to read.

  3. The downside of only reading on the iPhone/iTouch is the back-light being very tiring on the eyes after a bit. I prefer the Kindle for longer reading times. But, the iPhone is very handy!

  4. My hubby doesn't enjoy reading on his phone, but a lot of people do! There are some good books for free for the Kindle.

  5. Great post Wisteria. I don't have an iPhone or a Kindle and want both! haha... Now though I'd probably think about that. I don't know that I would necessarily use the Kindle a lot except for when I travel and so the iPhone would be perfect for that too. Hmm, gotta save some pennies! :)

  6. Hi Wendy

    I thought I was the only one, well one of the few to read on my iPhone I do not do it often, preferring books, but yes it works. I do not know if I want to have a Kindle. Through reading on my iPhone I realized I do not enjoy electronic reading somehow, I like the feel of turning pages, the feel of a book.

    If you have access to an iPhone, try to see if you like reading in this format before investing in a Kindle

  7. I also have Kindle for iPhone and I use it a lot. I have stacks and stacks of regular books in my house and I just don't have room for more. While I'm still trying to read down that inventory, I don't want to bring anymore books in the house. But that doesn't mean that I'm not going to buy books. The last 5 books I've bought have been for my Kindle on iPhone. And reading on it doesn't bother me at all. Actually, I enjoy it ;o).

    One of these days, after the eReader companies work out the kinks (DRM, for example), I might consider getting a dedicated eReader. And, because my iPhone will sync with a Kindle I'll likely look pretty hard at that device. But, for now, I'm happy enough with reading on my iPhone while I wait for the dust to settle ;o). Happy iPhone reading!

  8. tanabata...I hope you like it as much as I do.
    debnance...You're all set. Which do you prefer or is it situational?
    Mary...They corrected the backlight on the new 3G. I have the 32GB and it is great. I like that you can hold it in one hand. It helps with arthritis and circulation problems. (Not that I have that yet)
    bermudaonion...yes there are a lot of free classics and others.
    illiana...Thanks! I would opt for the iPhone. You get more bang for your pennies. Like I said to Mary, I like that you can hold it in one hand. See if you can try it in an Apple store.
    Madeleine & Kristi I'm so happy there are others who have used the iPhone and also like using it. I'm a media specialist, and I told some teachers about it and they freaked out. They were so excited and couldn't wait to download the app.

    Thanks for giving your feedback.
    It's funny, because I had two back to back doctors appointments yesterday. I had to sit in the waiting room, sit in the exam room and I pulled out the iPhone. I love how you scroll the pages.

  9. Hi Wisteria! Hi Wendy!

    It's really great to see Wisteria guest blogging here.

    I have been dreaming of getting a Kindle for the longest time but then it's not available outside of the US. Sigh...

  10. I have the newest iphone, but I was not aware of the kindle option --so thanks. honestly though with my aging eyes, I think it would be too tiring because of the screen size and back light??

    I do like the iphone for audio books in a pinch though. This was a great post; thanks

  11. Great post. I'm not convinced though. I like to be able to see more text at one time like a book. Also I wouldn't like that it is back lit. As it is, when I need to read more than one page on my computer screen, I print it out.

    I'm holding out for an e-Reader.

  12. I had hoped to get an iPhone sometime this year but it doesn't look like it will happen what with the budget cuts at my work. Someday maybe. :-)

    I have considered getting an e-reader of some sort, but I'm not too keen on the Kindle, I have to admit. I have so many paper books right now and then with the continuing evolution of technology not to mention cost, I think I'll wait a little longer before going that route. It's not completely out of the question though. It will just be far into the future for me.

    Thank you, Wisteria, for visiting with us! And thank you to all who dropped by!

  13. My husband downloaded an app on his iphone that has a lot of classics and I think it was free. He keeps telling me how easy it is to read, but I never see him reading it!

  14. I have the app on my iPhone, but I've only used it a few times. For some reason, my eyes get tired just thinking about it. I do listen to audiobooks on it, though.


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