I’m a great fan of Stanza, as regular readers may have gathered. Stanza, for those who don’t know (so, how is life under that rock, anyway?), is an application which lets you read books on your iPod Touch or iPhone. It, and applications like it, is at least partly responsible for the surge in ebook reading being reported by industry lately: it has two million users (well, downloaders, anyway) and more trying it out all the time.
The little screen may seem off-putting to some of those new users, so here is my best tip for getting the most out of reading on the iPhone/iPod Touch.
One, turn off your wireless access. This seems to make the battery last longer.
Two, open Stanza, load the book you want to read, and adjust the font a couple of notches up (or down). You can also optionally fiddle with other settings.
Three, turn the Touch on its side so that the screen rotates. This best replicates the page-line length of a printed book and eases the eyes.
Keep reading this entry for more detailed instructions. If you want to know more about ebooks in general, check out this page. If you’re all over ebooks and have a tip for me on reading on Stanza, let me know in the comments.
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I’m still away; speculation continues on the Apple Tablet. Note the two last paragraphs:
“Analysts are tipping that Apple will use the tablet to compete with Amazon’s Kindle, pitching it as an electronic book reading device.
Its iTunes store already has a captive base of customers buying music, movies and TV shows and, if any company is going to take e-books to the mainstream, it will probably be Apple.”
See! I told you, Facebook is the devil.
We edge one step closer to easing the format and DRM issues that have hampered the slow uptake of ebooks, with the news that Sony (and its Reader) will support ePub format and Adobe Digital Editions version of copy-control.
Sony is worried about Amazon and its Kindle, are they? I say both Sony Reader and Amazon Kindle should be worried about the upcoming Apple tablet, because if that thing runs iTunes Apps, and people can put Stanza (or some other reading App, I’m not biased, no sir) on there, say bye bye to bothering with dedicated ereaders.
After all, why pay big books for a thing that only reads books (and not necessarily that well) when you can pay big bucks for a thing that reads books (well) and also does everything else Apple stuff can do (well)? Borders agrees with me.
After my reminder earlier this week about protecting your electronic files, don’t forget to protect your paper ‘files’ too.