Update – May 3, 2009: CNBC reported today that six colleges are moving to digital textbooks and looking at Kindle. My advice to universities and students … wait for the Apple iTablet.
Update – April 19, 2009: Since this post first appeared on Feb 3, several things have happened:
- Kindle launched an app for iPhone
- Several new ebook reader apps have appeared in the App Store
- Google Books for iPhone adds 1.5 million reading choices to iPhone/iPod touch
- Virginia to use iTunes U in a new education initiative
- iTunes ebook sales are zooming!
iPhonAsia comment: You can already find a number of e-books and a few e-reader apps through the Apple App Store. We think this is only just the beginning. Apple may very well develop their own e-book reader app for iPhone (read and swipe pages with your finger or slip in your ear buds and touch “audio”), iPod Touch and Mac platforms and get busy on content deals with publishers. This is a bigger market than you might think. Stay tuned …
EXCERPT: Confession time. I was wrong about reading ebooks on the iPhone.
When I evaluated various ereading devices a few months back, I came to the conclusion that the iPhone was not suitable for long form reading. Months later, I’ve now read several books on the iPhone and I have to admit that the experience is growing on me. In fact, I frequently find myself looking at my bookshelf and thinking, “I wish I had that book on my iPhone”.
In most cases those wishes are an impossibility because there’s no (legal) way to get the book in question onto my iPhone — or any other reading device, for that matter. In some cases, where digital editions are available, they aren’t available in a format that would work with any of the current iPhone reader applications.
There’s hope that all of this may be changing soon, as publisher interest in the iPhone/iPod Touch seems to be growing by the day. Publishers are rushing to experiment with all manner of ebook releases targeted at the iPhone.
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