My birthday’s coming up next month, and I’ve been trying to decide what I should ask for. I’ve been thinking for a while that I’d like a Sony Reader (I can’t buy a Kindle because I’m in Canada and it’s been, what, four years since the first Kindle and well, we’re still waiting here in Canada … and waiting … and waiting …). I’ve already bought several eBooks through the Sony eBook store, and have enjoyed reading them on my netbook.
I do like the idea of being able to take tens (okay, make that 100s and 1000s) of books with me easily, though. While I love my netbook, and it’s light for a laptop, weighing in at around 3 pounds, it’s still on the hefty side for carrying around casually in a handbag.
So, until recently, I’ve been thinking of asking for the Sony Reader for my birthday. But my husband got the latest iPhone recently, and I’ve been having a lot of fun playing around with it when he’s not looking.
I’d read that Amazon offers a Kindle app for iPhone, but again, there’s that geographical restriction. I can’t access the app through my iTunes store because I’m in Canada.
Recently, though, I read about Barnes & Noble’s new iPhone app; intrigued, I got my husband to load it onto his iPhone so I could see what reading on the iPhone would be like. Even though you don’t get the “like-paper” feel you get with the Sony Reader or the Kindle, I found I enjoyed reading on the iPhone (the B&N app comes with a number of free books, including Pride & Prejudice, so it was easy to test without buying anything).
So I’m definitely leaning toward the iPhone right now – with one little gadget, I can have my phone, emails, texting, Twitter, ebooks and audiobooks in one hand. After reading Inkygirl’s review of B&N’s iPhone app, I’m probably going to give the other iPhone ereaders a try, though. And I still have to get out to the local Sony store and test drive the Reader before deciding. But so far, it looks like the iPhone will win out around here.
Which ebook reader, if any, do you use? If you have an iPhone, do you enjoy reading ebooks on it?