I’ve been asked this question twice in the last week: “Hey, Shan, since you only read digital, when are you going to upgrade to a real ebook reader?” Real, in this context, meaning dedicated, I guess—the Sony Reader, the Nook, the Kindle—instead of my iPod Touch.
First of all, I have a Sony 505. I prefer the iPod. And as for upgrading to a new and improved model? No reason to. I’m pretty happy reading digital books on my iPod Touch.
Here’s a screenshot of my “reading page” (1 of 6 screens of apps—ouch):
I can read almost anything from almost anywhere, which enables me to shop around for the best price. That’s usually Amazon, but Fictionwise has good sales and they own my Micropay rebate-loving soul.
I’d say Stanza’s the reading app I use most often. That’s how I read the books I buy from Fictionwise or BooksonBoard or most other retailers.
Then comes the Kindle app. Between the free books they offer and having the lowest prices on the books I buy, I’ve been using it a lot more often. (People tell me I’m crazy, but I truly believe it’s slighly harder on the battery than Stanza.) It might even be an even split between the Kindle and Stanza apps now.
And just in case B&N has a good deal, I’ve got the B&N eReader app. So far I’ve kept the dictionary, though I usually use the dictionary.com app (but because I spend a substantial amount of time in a place with no internet, having an offline version is handy) and a free non-fiction title that looked intriguing. It’s definitely not going to replace Stanza or Kindle as my favorite reading apps.
The eReader app I rarely use, but occasionally Stanza will refuse to grab a book from my Fictionwise bookshelf, so I’ll grab it with eReader. Glitches in the Stanza/FW relationship are the only time I use it, though.
I’ve played with the Kobo app a little, but I don’t really get it. As far as I can tell, the books stay in “the cloud” and the cloud doesn’t work for me. I spend every other weekend from April to November in a land with no cloud—hell, they’re still dial-up—so I have little interest in that.
The Classics app I grabbed mostly because it’s pretty and I really do need to brush up on my classics. Mostly it just sits there and looks pretty, though.
Indiebound I use for the lists, which are interesting and highlight books I might not otherwise hear about. While I try not to be, I’m a little biased against indies, though, because the ones I’ve been in here in NH have been outrageously snotty.
The Audiobooks app I haven’t really used a lot, though I always mean to. I just don’t have the attention span for audio books, so my mind wanders and then I have no idea what’s going on.
Then my news apps—NYT, CNN, USA Today, etcetera.
That doesn’t even touch on the other five screens worth of apps that manage a billion different aspects of my life. Why would I pay $300 for a device with only one purpose (and generally one bookstore)?