Reading is a topic that a lot of us get fired up about, mainly because we all do so much of it. It’s a field many of us are very experienced in. When people make decisions about buying a hardcore or a softcover book, they’re using their experience to make that choice. That’s why talking about the perfect reading experience is so tough — no two people have the same tastes.
That’s my word of warning as I enter into this: the following article, even more so than usual, is nothing more than my opinion. But let me be the one to tell you, and I hope you’ll agree, my opinion is certainly the most correct one. I’ll start by saying that the new iBooks for iOS 7 is terrible. Whereas before, choosing between iBooks and Kindle was tough, the decision just got a whole lot easier. Quite simply, I’m about to tell you why I prefer the Kindle experience over iBooks.
The war of electronic reading devices is at its peak and has taken a strange turn not seen in many other rivalries. Even if you give in and buy an iOS device instead of an Amazon Kindle or Barnes and Noble Nook, you can still be a patron to these companies by using their free iPhone or iPad apps.
Below we’ll take a quick look at the three big names in book reading: iBooks, Kindle and Nook. I’ll give you my opinion of each based on a number of comparable factors like interface, features and shopping experience so you can decide which is best for you.
In this week’s poll question, we want to know what you think of the reading experience on your iPad, whether through iBooks or a third party app like Stanza.
Though the iPad is anything but a simple reading device, it has been touted as a direct competitor to more dedicated readers like the Kindle and Nook. Obviously, the biggest competitor to these new-age digital readers is the beloved paperback.
So what do you think? Are e-readers a significant improvement over old school paper and ink? Is the iPad the best experience among these devices or is it the Kindle or some other competitor?
Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!
Now that Apple has entered the mobile eBook market with iBooks, it’s a good time to look at Amazon’s offerings. While Amazon originally released the Kindle strictly as a hardware platform for reading eBooks, that changed with the release of an iPhone app in March, 2009 – a full year and a month before Apple would release the iPad and the iBooks platform.
Today we’re reviewing both the iPad and iPhone version of Kindle, and drawing some in-depth comparisons to Apple’s latest offering in the form of iBooks.