I’m beginning to think of Amazon’s Kindle and Apple’s iPad as a face-off for the eBook championship of the world – like those back in the day between Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson. And while I’m not yet sold on either reader, I have been watching them spar.
Recently I downloaded the Kindle software on my iMac, and a freebie from Amazon, “White Fang” by Jack London, as well as a free sample of my novella, “The Blue Bicycle.” The things I’ve discovered that I like about this almost-Kindle:
· Kindle allows you to read Word or PDF documents on their reader (not on the software on your computer), as well as downloaded books.
· The Kindle-for-Mac software opens to your eLibrary – you double-click on an eBook, and off you go.
· The Shop In Kindle Store prompt is on the menu bar
Things I don’t like:
· I have to mouse-click to turn a page (a mouse-click saved is a rechargeable battery earned)
· I’m not allowed to highlight or make notes with the Kindle For Mac version
· The screen is a glaring white, and I can only darken things via my OS preferences.
Note: Some of these items – plus "search and rotate images" operations – are promised for the future on Kindle For Mac.
Just this week, I downloaded the new iOS-4 for my iPod Touch – and with it came the opportunity to download Apple’s iBook reader. I took Apple up on iBook – as well as a couple of freebie classics, one being “Winnie The Pooh”.” Things I like here:
· It’s amazingly easy to read texts, even on my iPod Touch - via it’s blue-white background lighting.
· I can delete books by touching EDIT, and buy new books just as easily.
· I can adjust the background lighting by touching a lighting prompt on any page of the book
· I really like the ability to turn pages (back and forth) with a finger swipe.
· I like the bookcase imagery for my eLibrary.
Things I don’t like:
· Apple claims I can read PDF documents with the iBook software, but I’ve yet to discover how.
· There’s a dearth of books in the iBook store.
· Apple doesn’t have a publishing arm, as Amazon does.
· Books are more expensive on iBook (this may be a temporary condition for Apple).
Clearly Apple is playing catch-up with Amazon and its Kindle. But am I sold enough on either to buy? Not yet. I haven’t handled an iPad yet, but it seems more awkward to hold than a Kindle. Kindle is lighter, and seems easier to hold over an hour of reading.
I have a weakness for Apple, but gotta tell ya: I may buy a Kindle in a year or so, if Apple doesn’t catch up to Amazon’s product.
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Native American culture. Education. Creative writing.