A couple of weeks ago I completed reading a full book on the iPad. My firm purchased the iPad on my behalf and I’ve been making the transition away from paper notes to see if the iPad could really function well as a business tool and it’s done a stellar job in this arena. Could it replace a physical book as well?
After setting up the free iBooks app from the App Store i browsed around the free book section as I had no intention of buying ANY books until I could prove the technology. They have some great selections there actually, such as:
1 – The Journals of Lewis & Clark – (aka Up A Lazy River Without A Paddle)
2 – The Art of War – (we do have a teenager at home…)
3 – The 2008 CIA World Factbook – (aka Wikileaks)
4 – The Karma Sutra – (aka Wikileaks)
5 – Common Sense – (The 2010 Edition, which is, sadly, only 2 pages long)
6 – Pride & Prejudice – !!!
Pride & Prejudice had to be my first read. I had always wanted to read it and here it was for free!
Here are my top 3 Reasons why I thoroughly enjoyed reading it on the iPad
Ease of Use – For so many reasons the iPad was easier to read than a book. For starters, it was great to not have to carry the actual book as I tend to read when I travel. And using it while on an airplane or eating lunch was simple and fun. I will likely read more books because the iPad simplifies the process. The iPad also syncs with my iPhone, so I can have the book in multiple locations and it keeps all my book marks between devices as long as I have connectivity to WiFi or wireless. The form factor is great too and you can select, cut, paste, use quotes and so much more. The battery life surprisingly good and I’ve become quite obsessed with making sure my Apple devices are always charged (thank you 3GS for that), but the iPad lasts and lasts even when reading a book.
Built-in Dictionary – I can’t tell you how convenient this is. Pride & Prejudice is a cornucopia of delight with Jane Austen’s use of language and having the dictionary within the text made it fun to learn new words. I read a biography of Churchill once in book form and I needed a dictionary with me as a constant study aid. The iPad makes this easy, fun and convenient.
The Feel – a common question readers wonder about is the difference between a real book and a device like iPad. iPad does a terrific job in replicating pages and colors and the reader can change the font sizes for easier reading. Brightness can also be set within the book itself, can be read in low lighting without disturbing a sleeping spouse, and one has all the benefits of searching the text.
I’ve already started reading Whitman’s, Leaves of Grass and Dickens’, A Christmas Carol and the iPad makes it so I can carry a library of books and periodicals in one place.
Yeah, iPad FTW!