After a day with the Kindle for iPhone

By now, you’ve undoubtedly heard about Kindle for iPhone. It’s pretty cool, actually…pretty bare bones functionality, but it tries its best to get out of the way and let you read.

Yesterday evening, I was meeting someone at Starbucks, and she was running about 15 minutes late. I was fiddling with my iPhone, and remembered that I had the new Kindle app on there, and had already downloaded the book I’m currently reading on the “big” Kindle.

I opened the app, which was already on the page I’m currently on. I read for a bit, and actually finished a whole chapter before my friend arrived. When I was done, I closed the app, and it did its magic sync back to the Amazon cloud with the page I had made it to.

When I got home later, I turned on my Kindle just to see what would happen. I clicked into the book from the home screen, and a message popped up saying something like “you’ve read up to location 2500 on gregr’s iPhone; would you like to move to that location now?” (those weren’t the exact words, but pretty close). I clicked yes, and that’s all there was to it – I was exactly at the point I left off earlier.

Pretty cool – better than I expected. I can totally imagine reading a bit of my book when waiting for an appointment, standing in a long line, or something like that.

So the good and the bad?

Good:

- Pretty much does exactly what you’d hope. You can read your book, and the rest of the GUI disappears.

- It’s free!

Bad:

- While the “swipe” is intuitive to change pages, it’s not very much fun after you’ve done it 50 times in a row. They should make it so if you tap somewhere, it skips to the next page.

All in all – it’s not the same as a Kindle, or similar to a book for that matter. The screen is small, and it’s backlit and less comfortable to read, at least for me. I wouldn’t want to read a whole book on this screen myself – but for short breaks, it works quite well. And somehow, I feel like my e-books are worth more now that I can read them in multiple places. :-)

2 thoughts on “After a day with the Kindle for iPhone

  1. Vineel Shah

    I don’t have a Kindle, but I’ve started reading a novel on Kindle for iPhone. It’s not bad, but it’s really basic. From my experiences reading 6 novels using eReaderPro on iPhone, it helps enormously to be able to change colors and gestures — yellow on black is surpringly easy to read and easy on the eyes.

    As always, the big advantage that Kindle has is it’s Amazon backing and a huge load of content. Amazon probably won’t improve the KI experience much in order to not compete with Kindle, but I really wish they would.

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  2. San Diego Web Design

    Another great thing in addition to the Kindle app is to download regular pdf’s on your computer and use a Text to Speech program to save them as mp3s. You can then listen to them while you walk your dog or drive. Very big time saver, this way I get to ‘read’ a lot more where I never had time before.

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