Stumbled onto a very detailed and thorough comparison of iPad books (and eBooks in general) vs old media/Traditional books.
Thought some of you might be interested.
Books in the Age of the iPad
One of the things I really enjoy is reading. I have several apps with classics and free books on my iphone and I hope I will be able to use on Ipad. I listen to audio books a lot but really love the written word. I do read on the iphone but it is small and because of my age and vision I cant wait until I can use the Ipad for reading.What a joy! Actually I stopped reading books years ago and went to the audio. Recently though with the apps I have on the Iphone I have started reading that way again. I love it!
Last edited by Ellie; 03-04-2010 at 04:08 PM.
I guess i will read more e-book with the Ipad , that will depend on the choice we will have
My DH has low vision and unable to read anymore so he uses audio books for the blind and I admit I got lazy and started using too but since I have started using the books on my Iphone I again remember the joy I get with reading. I listen to audios sometime but really prefer to read the words.
I can't wait to get that I pad in my little hands finally.
Another link I followed in the Craig Mod article comments is another point of view I have thought about but the author puts it in new perspective.
Binky the doormat - Some thoughts on digital publishing.
Some thoughts on digital publishing
Having just read Adrian Shaughnessy’s Design Week article on electronic publishing (as well as all the other iPad-centric artciles that have been knocking around the last couple of weeks), I’m left with some niggling concerns about where this is all headed, especially as the publishing industry continues to stick to the incredibly flawed and simplistic notion that the iPod/iTunes model will translate directly to publishing.
The beauty of newspapers, magazines and books is their accessible, dispersive nature. Libraries, hospital waiting rooms, charity shops, second-hand book stores, train carriages, coffee tables — books and magazines are everywhere, and in one way or other, accessible to all. Electronic publishing is great for the coffers of the actual publishers, but they have no reason to invest in the text’s life beyond the initial financial transaction. You’ll buy an e-book, it’ll exist on your electronic platform of choice, and then … dead end.
You can’t give it away or leave it somewhere for someone else or even easily lend it to someone. The whole idea of passing on knowledge through text – something we’ve spent centuries perfecting – could very suddenly take a huge backward step in the name of profit.
And what about those people (i.e. the majority of the civilisation) who can’t even afford the electronic device on which to read the text in the first place? Should we so blithely encourage the broadening of the division between rich and poor, educated and uneducated, literate and illiterate? Yes, I admit this hypothesising is all a tad extreme, but we are putting an awful lot of power into a handful of companies who don’t necessarily have a long-term view of how this technology is going to effect us. And it is going to effect us, for better or worse, really quickly.
Here’s hoping that there’s a Gutenberg or Carnegie out there who’ll be able to see things with a little more clarity and can keep the power of text in the hands of the readers.
An intersting counter point, although short. The gap between the have digitially haves and have-nots is an omnipresent one. It also changes based on the population your looking at.
What I would like to see is a little bit of anyalais looking the percentage of the [global] population that reads, that have acess to the resources to support an iPad like device, and what kinds of material is read.
Another though is lenght of content. While it is more weight and space friendly to have a 1000 page volume in a digital form, what about the smaller? Short stories, single articles, and other very low page count nitch material that would likely never make it through printing and distribution costs.
Add 202 to my user number and call me an Airplane.
--iPad 2 64 GB Black WiFi "Dynabook 2011. With know-how and integrity"
I bought my wife a Nook from Barnes & Noble,and she has fell in love with reading again.
She really likes the idea of not having to try to fit a book in her purse.
She asked me the other day what I liked: iPad or Nook?
Since we already have an account with B & N, it makes for a logical choice to pick the Nook.
I think I'll have to wait and make a visit to a retail store so I can get my hands on a iPad and that will probably make my decision for me.
If I choose the iPad.......when I choose the iPad, all I have to convince her of is the outrageous price.
Good luck to me!!!