Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Purchasing Electronic Books

I've been on a huge reading kick lately, but there's a real dearth of new reading material in my house. I tried to fill the gap with issues of Time and Wired to no avail. I wanted to tear into a book and work through it. Yet, since I bought my Roku streaming device, I have been very anti-clutter. And books just add to the clutter. That's why I decided to try out some electronic books. I don't have a device like a Kindle or a Nook or even an iPad, and I'm not so sure that I even want one of those things. My trusty iPod touch is still plugging along and is perfectly capable of reading e-books either through its native iBook reader (available for iOS 4.1 or greater) or the download-able Amazon Kindle app.

I went with the iBook app for now because I like the interface better, although the selection on the iBook store leaves a lot to be desired. Kindle offers a fuller catalog of older books but iBook has a prettier user interface and takes Paypal as a payment option. So, I purchased "Sh*t My Dad Says" by Justin Halpern and "Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs" by Chuck Klosterman. Reading them in the iPod touch is pretty easy and I don't find myself needing a larger screen in order to do so. In other words, I still do not want an iPad

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