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Google has made its online catalog of books available in an iPhone-optimized web viewer -- but Amazon is dropping hints it will expand its previously exclusive Kindle e-books to support other mobile devices.

On Friday, Google launched a mobile Google Book Search with finger-ready navigation for iPhone and iPod touch devices as well as handsets using its own Android mobile operating system.

The move gives iPhone owners access to about 1.5 million books available in the US (and about 500,000 international books) in the public domain either through expired copyrights or open licenses, all without having to download proprietary apps.

Google's Book Search team says the feat of optimizing the collection was accomplished by using automatic text scanning to reformat the books for the small screens instead of using the raw page images. Some texts produced in difficult-to-scan formats aren't immediately available but should be added as technology improves.

The feature is a challenge to App Store software like Classics and Stanza that also take advantage of the public domain to fill their libraries but which have custom interfaces for bookmarking and navigating texts.



Not to be left out, Amazon also hinted just before the launch that it would expand the Kindle format for e-books beyond its proprietary Kindle reader to a range of different devices.

"We are excited to make Kindle books available on a range of mobile phones," Amazon spokesman Drew Herdener tells the New York Times. "We are working on that now."

Which phones will get the copy-protected books aren't known. However, the format has been built from the ground up for downloads and for viewing on relatively large screens like that of the dedicated Amazon reader, making iPhones and iPods possible (though far from certain) candidates. Paid electronic reading has become more commonplace on the Apple devices but has been curbed partly by a limited range of books to buy; Amazon, in turn, offers about 230,000 tiles, most of which are modern and are more likely to include bestsellers.

When any cellphone-ready version of the Kindle standard would appear is just as much of a mystery -- though the company is slated to hold an event on Monday, February 9th that should introduce the iPod-like second-generation Kindle and may serve as a venue for other book-related announcements.
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It'd be great to have Amazon ebooks on the iPhone.
Let's hope.
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Apple are missing a trick by not releasing an iPod Touch with a 7" screen.

If they sit around doing nothing and try and figure this thing out too long they'll end up with another Apple TV on their hands...

Apple - YOUR Netbook equivelent & e-Book 'Kindle Killer' a.k.a reader = iPod Touch with 7" screen.

Not hard really - won't eat Macbook sales, won't eat iPod or iPhone sales.

Make it so!


(Can you see how I'm already using competive language 'kindle killer' - Amazon are on the verge of wining something big with Kindle - it may take them another iteration to get it right but they are learning..)
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Anybody know if there's a way to mark your place in these google books? I moved it to my home page and I'm ready to rock (or read) and whenever I bounce to email or Safari and come back, I have to find where I left off
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Apple are missing a trick by not releasing an iPod Touch with a 7" screen.

If they sit around doing nothing and try and figure this thing out too long they'll end up with another Apple TV on their hands...

Apple - YOUR Netbook equivelent & e-Book 'Kindle Killer' a.k.a reader = iPod Touch with 7" screen.

Not hard really - won't eat Macbook sales, won't eat iPod or iPhone sales.

Now that's an excellent idea- I would only add to it to include bluetooth.
I've seen many on the subway using the Kindle and the Sony and they appear very cool.
Imagine the mating of an touch screen iPod with a reader and a netbook- man is that ever appealing.
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Anybody know if there's a way to mark your place in these google books? I moved it to my home page and I'm ready to rock (or read) and whenever I bounce to email or Safari and come back, I have to find where I left off

yeah i just checked that. annoying.


Then again, I like to read and really find the entire concept of ebooks to be really just unappealing. I don't want to read a book on my iPhone? This google books reader gives me 9 pages at a time! That's a lot of scrolling. I think the Kindle has a better design as an ebook reader, but mostly because it slighly mimics the feel of a book... slightly.

I get a psychic pleasure from holding a book, physically seeing how many pages I have left, having shelves with books on them, being able to sort through my shelf and pick a book out for a friend, flip around to different parts of a book i have read/want to read, scope peoples covers when someone is reading a book, etc. etc. etc. I mean, what, am I supposed to say "oh, you'll really enjoy this thumb drive! I've got 10 books on it!
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Originally Posted by surferfromuk View Post

Apple are missing a trick by not releasing an iPod Touch with a 7" screen.

If they sit around doing nothing and try and figure this thing out too long they'll end up with another Apple TV on their hands...

Apple - YOUR Netbook equivalent & e-Book 'Kindle Killer' a.k.a reader = iPod Touch with 7" screen.

Not hard really - won't eat Macbook sales, won't eat iPod or iPhone sales.

Make it so!

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Now that's an excellent idea- I would only add to it to include bluetooth.
I've seen many on the subway using the Kindle and the Sony and they appear very cool.
Imagine the mating of an touch screen iPod with a reader and a netbook- man is that ever appealing.



As MacUser mag said recently, 'nobody will do Netbooks right until Apple do it. Just wait'.

I hope we don't have to wait too long, but let's face it, I'm not going to go and buy an EEPC out of frustration, and neither will the other MacFaithful. When Apple do bring out a Netbook (or Newtbook as I appropriately keep mistyping it) you know it will be the most gorgeous bit of kit out there. All the other netbooks will suddenly look like Zunes.

Jobs says he isn't interested in paperless books because "no-one reads anymore". True or not, if and when the Newtbook arrives (I'm going to run with this) I doubt it will have Kindle-like abilities - for a start the screen technology is different.
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I get a psychic pleasure from holding a book, physically seeing how many pages I have left, having shelves with books on them, being able to sort through my shelf and pick a book out for a friend, flip around to different parts of a book i have read/want to read, scope peoples covers when someone is reading a book, etc. etc. etc. I mean, what, am I supposed to say "oh, you'll really enjoy this thumb drive! I've got 10 books on it!

I agree. I often wonder, though, if this is because we were raised on physical books. I do enjoy reading dailies online. It's just something about a book you look forward to dealing with for more than a day or so that wants to be in a non digital form. We'll see, I suppose, as younger people start using these devices more and more.
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I enjoy the experience of reading a "real" book, too. But I still like the convenience and portability of eBooks and use the excellent Stanza app on my iPhone.

This Google mobile books site is pretty nice but seems like quite a few typos in the text. Admittedly, I only visited a couple of random books, so maybe it's not an issue. It is nice that you can tap a paragraph to see the original scan image if you run into something that doesn't seem correct. That's pretty cool.

The lack of bookmarking, as others mention, would be a real liability. That's basic and expected from a user perspective - it's a freaking book, for goodness sake. Maybe that feature exists but its not immediately obvious? I've only just begun playing with it, so not sure. I'd hate to have to go to Contents each time to navigate to get close to where I left off.

More eBook availability = a good thing. Many of us may prefer to curl up with a good recreational book in "physical" form - but there are definitely references, guides, educational material and other text that many people would find helpful to carry around in electronic format.
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why do we keep hearing about the ridiculous kindle? has anyone ever bought one? that stupid thing is never going to be a success, and on top of that, it's hideous.
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why do we keep hearing about the ridiculous kindle? has anyone ever bought one? that stupid thing is never going to be a success, and on top of that, it's hideous.

I've seen one. They are certainly selling, but the problem is that they probably aren't selling a whole lot of them, given how Amazon doesn't give any hard figures. If Amazon sold hundreds of thousands of them, I'd think they'd be tooting their horn. Amazon is a lot more stingy with their sales figures than even Apple is. For example, Amazon said they sold more items last year holiday quarter than the year before holiday quarter, but they didn't actually release the equivalent dollar figures, so they could have sold more smaller ticket items, meaning they can have a decline in actual revenue but still trumpet it as a gain in a press release.
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I agree. I often wonder, though, if this is because we were raised on physical books. I do enjoy reading dailies online. It's just something about a book you look forward to dealing with for more than a day or so that wants to be in a non digital form. We'll see, I suppose, as younger people start using these devices more and more.

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/news/...ure-e-book.ars

Great piece on Ars Technica (linked from Daring Fireball) on eBooks. The experience John Siracusa outlines at the end is exactly the same as mine as are the reasons for preferring eBooks over traditional print.

It's worth a try. And when you get used to it, it's hard to go back.

My only problem with eBooks right now, as the piece outlines, is that the DRM and device-to-device portability is completely ridiculous.
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I've seen one. They are certainly selling, but the problem is that they probably aren't selling a whole lot of them, given how Amazon doesn't give any hard figures. If Amazon sold hundreds of thousands of them, I'd think they'd be tooting their horn. Amazon is a lot more stingy with their sales figures than even Apple is. For example, Amazon said they sold more items last year holiday quarter than the year before holiday quarter, but they didn't actually release the equivalent dollar figures, so they could have sold more smaller ticket items, meaning they can have a decline in actual revenue but still trumpet it as a gain in a press release.

You mean kinda like the way Apple says AppleTV sales have increased three-fold? But what are the actual figures? How many of the sales are refurbished, is it cutting into Apple's overall profits, etc., etc., etc?
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Originally Posted by cwfrederick View Post

why do we keep hearing about the ridiculous kindle? has anyone ever bought one? that stupid thing is never going to be a success, and on top of that, it's hideous.

Does anybody even read a book anymore? I wonder if Sarah Palin owns one?
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I listen to audio books on my ipod touch a lot. But audio books take longer, and cost more than Kindle ebooks. As an experiment, I've tried to read The Prince (free) using Stanza, but the hassle factor of the small screen (not just harder to read, but slower because you need to change pages more often) makes it unattractive for ebooks. That's why I had hoped Apple would make a touch screen netbook model that could have basic net connectivity but also instantly be the best ebook reader out there. A lot of other functions - but what Kindle has right now (not the touch screen) is a big enough screen, crisp looking epaper, and most importantly long battery life and a library you can access anywhere, not just at wifi hot spots.

I think there would be a market for a 9 inch screen touch, made thin and light with long battery life. A great game machine, a Kindle killer for whatever market that turns out to be, and more internet functionality than the touch - which I find my self not using so much for internet because it eats the frigging battery on wifi. But it can't be as powerful as the weakest macbook, or it would cost too much. But great for music, games, and audiobooks (and videos) and still incredibly portable. For a book/internet device, I'd give up a bit on being able to slide it into my running shorts pocket.

Anyway, I'll be looking hard at the new kindle next week to see if it does a great job on just one of the things a big touch could have done.
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Originally Posted by cwfrederick View Post

why do we keep hearing about the ridiculous kindle? has anyone ever bought one? that stupid thing is never going to be a success, and on top of that, it's hideous.

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I've seen one. They are certainly selling, but the problem is that they probably aren't selling a whole lot of them, given how Amazon doesn't give any hard figures.

It seems that that while there aren't a whole lot of early adopters of the Kindle, those who have them really like them. The problem is that at present, they are expensive enough, there's not (relatively speaking) enough books and media you can read on them, and there's enough mystery about them (and how to use them) to prevent widespread adoption. So, people dismiss the Kindle as a fad for the moment. Meanwhile, Amazon is quietly improving their device to drive the price down and add more features, while constantly adding books more people would want to the Kindle library.

Hmmm...sound familiar?
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Quote from an AppleInsider article referring to the Kindle.

"It doesn’t matter how good or bad the product is, the fact is that people don’t read anymore," he said. "Forty percent of the people in the U.S. read one book or less last year. The whole conception is flawed at the top because people don’t read anymore."

Link from January 16th 2008

http://www.appleinsider.com/articles...ndle_more.html

Now there's a true visionary. By the way, the wireless is Free when you purchase a Kindle.
That is why Jobs doesn't like it.

Edit.
You are reading this right now and the Kindle has internet access to many news, email and blogging sites.

I read about 3-4 books per year (while travelling) but also read ALL of my news and tech info on the Net. Every morning with a mug of coffee I read te morning headlines from all my favorite sites.

I'd do it on the iPhone but I don't want to scroll 80 times to read 1 article.
Isn't that READING?
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It seems that that while there aren't a whole lot of early adopters of the Kindle, those who have them really like them. The problem is that at present, they are expensive enough, there's not (relatively speaking) enough books and media you can read on them, and there's enough mystery about them (and how to use them) to prevent widespread adoption. So, people dismiss the Kindle as a fad for the moment. Meanwhile, Amazon is quietly improving their device to drive the price down and add more features, while constantly adding books more people would want to the Kindle library.

Hmmm...sound familiar?

If you're comparing it to the iPod model, Apple has released actual sales figures of the iPod all along.

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You mean kinda like the way Apple says AppleTV sales have increased three-fold? But what are the actual figures? How many of the sales are refurbished, is it cutting into Apple's overall profits, etc., etc., etc?

Sorry, I had iPod in mind when I was thinking of it. Those and Macs are presented in clear numbers, though they don't break down how many of each model are made other than notebook vs. desktop.

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http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/news/...ure-e-book.ars

Great piece on Ars Technica (linked from Daring Fireball) on eBooks. The experience John Siracusa outlines at the end is exactly the same as mine as are the reasons for preferring eBooks over traditional print.

It's worth a try. And when you get used to it, it's hard to go back.

My only problem with eBooks right now, as the piece outlines, is that the DRM and device-to-device portability is completely ridiculous.

The fact that you had to buy an expensive proprietary device doesn't help. I can easily buy 40 books for the cost of one reader, and those books don't need a reader to work. The fact that the books are largely the same price as the paper version isn't helping either. And I can resell or give away a paper book, I haven't seen anything that suggests this is true of any eBook platform. The publishing and distribution costs should be lower for ebooks too. It's a total cost shift to the consumer.

The iTunes music model was different, where computers could play the music, and you can burn CDs to play in anything with a CD player, you didn't have to buy a specific brand device to use the music. My sisters had even bought iTunes tracks for a couple years without having had to buy an iPod to enjoy the music.
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Edit.
You are reading this right now and the Kindle has internet access to many news, email and blogging sites.

I read about 3-4 books per year (while travelling) but also read ALL of my news and tech info on the Net. Every morning with a mug of coffee I read te morning headlines from all my favorite sites.

I'd do it on the iPhone but I don't want to scroll 80 times to read 1 article.
Isn't that READING?

No, þe net just consists of pretty pictures & video wiþ no closed captioning, text is just there as filler so þere's not so much white space or someþing like þat.

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No, þe net just consists of pretty pictures & video wiþ no closed captioning, text is just there as filler so þere's not so much white space or someþing like þat.

How about you take your quixotic character crusade somewhere else instead. It looks like a reinvented theta, why not just use a theta instead of some lame rework? It's really quite unnecessary, if it's been continually rejected for several centuries, then some lone Quixote isn't going to change that.
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No, þe net just consists of pretty pictures & video wiþ no closed captioning, text is just there as filler so þere's not so much white space or someþing like þat.

Sebastian

What? Text is there as filler?

Maybe you should go back to the 14th century as your signature says. In 2009 text is on the net to inform.

CNN's text can't be called filler.
Your text (or nonsensical gibberish) on the most part fit your description.
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why do we keep hearing about the ridiculous kindle? has anyone ever bought one?.

I've seen one, but I can't buy one because I'm in the UK.

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Tthat stupid thing is never going to be a success.

A very confident conclusion to reach so early in this product's life. I remember reading that MP3 players wouldn't catch on. Didn't IBM reckon the global market for PCs was three ?


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and on top of that, it's hideous.

No it isn't. It's actually quite elegant. Our opinions are subjective, but I don't think it deserves the epithet "hideous".
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How about you take your quixotic character crusade somewhere else instead.

Already have, one other forum before this one, but I'll keep it here whenever I finish my custom DVORAK-based keyboard layout in Ukelele. TypeIt4Me just doesn't cut it, sadly.

Þe þorn shall rise þenceforþ!

(Admittedly it truly is beautiful typographically, odd that it fell out of usage being replaced by "y" and eventually "th".)

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What? Text is there as filler?

Maybe you should go back to the 14th century as your signature says. In 2009 text is on the net to inform.

CNN's text can't be called filler.
Your text (or nonsensical gibberish) on the most part fit your description.

Perhaps I should have added sarcasm tags for your benefit. But it probably would've been pointless since "nobody" reads anymore.

I'm pretty sure CNN text is just filler though, hell even their news channel is just filled with filler, the number of times they repeat themselves in a night is astounding.

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No it isn't. It's actually quite elegant. Our opinions are subjective, but I don't think it deserves the epithet "hideous".

The Kindle makes the Zune look good in comparison.

Maybe eBooks will be mainstream in the future, but I think they're garbage right now. The readers are incredible expensive. ($250-300 - no thanks!). If anything the Kindle should be a loss leader similar to consoles that make their money selling games. I haven't seen one in person, but the pictures of light black text on grey page don't make me want to see one. And eBook don't seem to be much cheaper than real books. And you can resell or give away a real book but not an ebook.
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I get a psychic pleasure from...being able to sort through my shelf and pick a book out for a friend... I mean, what, am I supposed to say "oh, you'll really enjoy this thumb drive! I've got 10 books on it!

I know. Imagine if that had happened to records and CDs and prints from the photo lab: what would we be supposed to do, share our music and pictures electronically?
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...This Google mobile books site is pretty nice but seems like quite a few typos in the text....

i found the pages below (be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of the image) minutes after i began searching for a book i'd read as a kid. I'd hoped it might be out of copyright and thus available. Instead, i found an early 20th-century review with these amusing images.

I didn't notice the "typo" ("thumbo?") in the lower right corner of the first page until i scrolled down to the second page. I guess if you're manually scanning a bazillion pages you get careless once in a while. At least, I hope this isn't characteristic of the product.

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why do we keep hearing about the ridiculous kindle? has anyone ever bought one? that stupid thing is never going to be a success, and on top of that, it's hideous.

it's risky to assume your usage practices apply to the larger universe. As Marshall McLuhan observed, "whoever it was discovered water, you can bet it wasn't a fish." It's easy to judge the ocean by what's in our little fish tank. But it can lead to misjudgements. The fact that you (or those you know) haven't bought one isn't sufficient data.

According to Time Magazine (summer '08): “On a title-by-title basis, of the 130,000 titles available on Kindle and in physical form, Kindle sales now make up over 12% of sales for those titles."

And from Forbes, 12/08: "Forrester Research... roughly estimates that around 400,000 Kindles have been sold in all--a small number in the world of consumer electronics, but around 30% more than Sony's... competing Reader device."

It's true that number can't compare to iPhone numbers--not by a long stretch. But the cellphone market had been around for a long time and developed its following slowly too. So it's not quite fair to compare the numbers.
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þhat's just þilly! (but funny, too) Loving that era as you do, will you bring back þhe plague next?!
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I agree. I often wonder, though, if this is because we were raised on physical books. I do enjoy reading dailies online. It's just something about a book you look forward to dealing with for more than a day or so that wants to be in a non digital form. We'll see, I suppose, as younger people start using these devices more and more.

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Originally Posted by JeffDM View Post

If you're comparing it to the iPod model, Apple has released actual sales figures of the iPod all along.



Sorry, I had iPod in mind when I was thinking of it. Those and Macs are presented in clear numbers, though they don't break down how many of each model are made other than notebook vs. desktop.



The fact that you had to buy an expensive proprietary device doesn't help. I can easily buy 40 books for the cost of one reader, and those books don't need a reader to work. The fact that the books are largely the same price as the paper version isn't helping either. And I can resell or give away a paper book, I haven't seen anything that suggests this is true of any eBook platform. The publishing and distribution costs should be lower for ebooks too. It's a total cost shift to the consumer.

The iTunes music model was different, where computers could play the music, and you can burn CDs to play in anything with a CD player, you didn't have to buy a specific brand device to use the music. My sisters had even bought iTunes tracks for a couple years without having had to buy an iPod to enjoy the music.

Except I've never bought a device specifically to read books. I had a Palm Pilot. Now I have an iPhone. I bought these devices for other reasons. The fact that I could read on them was a huge bonus. If you read the article I linked to on Ars Technica, you'd see that this is the premise. People already own devices that are great for reading. Why not give it a try?
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Except I've never bought a device specifically to read books. I had a Palm Pilot. Now I have an iPhone. I bought these devices for other reasons. The fact that I could read on them was a huge bonus. If you read the article I linked to on Ars Technica, you'd see that this is the premise. People already own devices that are great for reading. Why not give it a try?

I'm sorry, but I'm not going to try. This brings up a different issue. The screen on the devices you mention too small for me, I can't stand to read lilliputian text for long periods of time. The reading that I do on a pocket device is for only short intervals. I do have one program on there, but it's only for times I'm really desperate to pass the time, and that has not happened yet.
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Already have, one other forum before this one, but I'll keep it here whenever I finish my custom DVORAK-based keyboard layout in Ukelele. TypeIt4Me just doesn't cut it, sadly.

Þe þorn shall rise þenceforþ!

(Admittedly it truly is beautiful typographically, odd that it fell out of usage being replaced by "y" and eventually "th".)



Perhaps I should have added sarcasm tags for your benefit. But it probably would've been pointless since "nobody" reads anymore.

I'm pretty sure CNN text is just filler though, hell even their news channel is just filled with filler, the number of times they repeat themselves in a night is astounding.

Sebastian

Let's try something new on this forum. How about you do us a favor and put your filler on another forum or type something that we can #@*! READ. Do you understand my new language.
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Except I've never bought a device specifically to read books. I had a Palm Pilot. Now I have an iPhone. I bought these devices for other reasons. The fact that I could read on them was a huge bonus. If you read the article I linked to on Ars Technica, you'd see that this is the premise. People already own devices that are great for reading. Why not give it a try?

Sorry but the iPhone is not "Great for Reading". It's ridiculously too small a screen and although good for small articles on the web it's a horrible experience on the iPhone for books.

I've already tried it with Stanza.
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post #34 of 56
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Anybody know if there's a way to mark your place in these google books? I moved it to my home page and I'm ready to rock (or read) and whenever I bounce to email or Safari and come back, I have to find where I left off

While inconvenient at the moment, I don't think it is a big issue. It seems to me that it would be very simple to create an App Store app that would access this site (using the SDK's WebKit access), save your page location and zoom (the same way making an iPhone homescreen bookmark does), and perhaps even other bookmarkable features (like a highlighter or special marker to indicate the line you last read).
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post #35 of 56
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Jobs says he isn't interested in paperless books because "no-one reads anymore". True or not, if and when the Newtbook arrives (I'm going to run with this) I doubt it will have Kindle-like abilities - for a start the screen technology is different.

Exactly - there may or may not be a netbook, you may or may not be able to read e-books on the iPhone / iTouch, but it will be a far cry from a dedicated device because the screen is different. Period.
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Exactly - there may or may not be a netbook, you may or may not be able to read e-books on the iPhone / iTouch, but it will be a far cry from a dedicated device because the screen is different. Period.

You will never get a digital book reader from Apple that is of any use.

Apple cannot do background.

Imagine being 200 pages into your favorite book and your phone rings.

BANG. Your book is gone.

After conversation you go back to reading your book and have to find the page you were on and start all over again.

It will be safe for copy write laws because Apple can't copy and paste.
post #37 of 56
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You will never get a digital book reader from Apple that is of any use.

Apple cannot do background.

Imagine being 200 pages into your favorite book and your phone rings.

BANG. Your book is gone.

After conversation you go back to reading your book and have to find the page you were on and start all over again.

It will be safe for copy write laws because Apple can't copy and paste.

Do you actually believe the stuff you write or are being paid to come on this site to push FUD? Not allowing 3rd-party apps to run in the background does not mean that apps can't save information regarding your lastet setup/position. I take it you don't own an iPhone or a Touch.
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post #38 of 56
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Originally Posted by MacOldTimer View Post

You will never get a digital book reader from Apple that is of any use.

Apple cannot do background.

Imagine being 200 pages into your favorite book and your phone rings.

BANG. Your book is gone.

After conversation you go back to reading your book and have to find the page you were on and start all over again.

Since you don't seem to have actually used this device for any meaningful length of time, I'll tell you that you're just flat out wrong. iPhone software is allowed to save state before it switches away and remember when it comes back. Maybe it's the lesser software that forgets. Palm did it this way too, I can exit a program and come back later, and it's like I never left.
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Do you actually believe the stuff you write or are being paid to come on this site to push FUD? Not allowing 3rd-party apps to run in the background does not mean that apps can't save information regarding your lastet setup/position. I take it you don't own an iPhone or a Touch.

Give me a break JeffDM. You don't actually believe the crap you just typed.

I own the original iPhone and the 3G.

The application must be written to save the "spot" you were at.
This is only recenty being done because Apple can't deliver background apps (3rd party) to keep running.
So Apple is once again is making the developers change their apps for the iPhones software short comings.

I wish I got paid on all the short comings of the iPhone, I'd be a very wealthy man.

Apple has over promised and under delivered from day 1 of the iPhone.

Apple promised that background apps and push would be available in September 2008 not 2009 on the next iPhone).
Now they're giving us what they "think" we need.

I can't wait to be rid of both my iPhones and sell them on E-Bay to some dumb ass Apple Sheep for 4 times what they are worth.

The iPhone & Apple has become a gaming community. I don't want a toy. I want a Business Phone and Apple will never deliver that as long as Jobs is leading the playground.

Wait I want to listen to music now on Pandora. Got to go and relaunch Pandora.

Edit.
I wouldn't by a Touch if it was the last piece of technology I didn't own.
It has all the short comings of the iPhone and Apple makes the dumb asses that buy them pay for firmware upgrades that are buggy and lack features. So Apple makes them pay for a stable piece of hardware.

At least I get one bug ridden firmware after another for free.
post #40 of 56
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Originally Posted by MacOldTimer View Post

You will never get a digital book reader from Apple that is of any use.

Apple cannot do background.

Imagine being 200 pages into your favorite book and your phone rings.

BANG. Your book is gone.

After conversation you go back to reading your book and have to find the page you were on and start all over again.

Too bad this isn't true. I've read a dozen books on my iPod from Webscriptions. For one thing, it doesn't keep my wife up if i decide to read a chapter with the lights off. For another, it takes very little energy from the iPhone on a long plane ride. And if i get bored somewhere like a doctor's office.

As far as Amazon goes...unless I can get the books to work on my laptop and iPhone it's a no sale. There's also no way I'm buying a crappy designed kindle. If I actually shell out money for a dedicated ebook it's going to be an irex. It's just a tad pricey. Or maybe a closeout on last year's Sony. Which is a heck of a lot cheaper than a Kindle.

But what the heck...I carry an iphone everywhere. It may be a sub-optimal reader but it beats yet another device to lug around and maybe lose.
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