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"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these." Luke 12:27 (NIV)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The iPad and Other eBook Possibilities

I've been on the prowl for an ebook reader for a while now. While my iPod Touch has been serviceable so far, my eyesight is deterioriating and the screen is well... smallish. With genetics against me, I expect to be lumbered with bi-focals or graded lenses in a couple of years.
I've had my eye on different models the past year for something affordable and haven't been all that impressed with the prices of existing readers. It astounds me that a device that only allows a person to read and maybe listen to music should cost something like $800 or $1000. I expect that each book will come with some kind of DRM anyway so it's absurd to my mind that these gadgets are so poorly priced. My conclusion is that the manufacturers aren't serious about selling the hardware or that they are in collusion with hardcopy booksellers.


The iPad looks great (very droolworthy)... and since I already have an iTunes account, it makes sense to go that way. But the pricing and the size doesn't really impress me that much. And after reading this review, I'm even less enthused about getting one.

At this point, I'm inclined to consider the Kindle as a serious contender for what I want in the future. I can't afford anything right now but Amazon has a nice range of free and paid books at decent prices. In weighing up the pros and cons, the best thing about owning an ebook reader though, is that I won't have to fork out shipping costs in the long term.

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