Fewer distractions on ebook readers give you better reading experience than on phones

Summary:I spent the last day working on my Amazon Kindle 2 review and while I spent so much concentrated time with my new ebook reader (now my 3rd dedicated device for reading ebooks) I finally realized that a dedicated device for ebook reading is the preferred method for reading electronic books. As readers know I am a user of many, many mobile phones and have actually been reading ebooks on my phones and PDAs since 1997. Dedicated ebook readers offer the reader a way to "get away" from it all and immerse themselves into a book, as books are designed to be enjoyed.

I spent the last day working on my Amazon Kindle 2 review and while I spent so much concentrated time with my new ebook reader (now my 3rd dedicated device for reading ebooks) I finally realized that a dedicated device for ebook reading is the preferred method for reading electronic books. As readers know I am a user of many, many mobile phones and have actually been reading ebooks on my phones and PDAs since 1997. Dedicated ebook readers offer the reader a way to "get away" from it all and immerse themselves into a book, as books are designed to be enjoyed.

I do have ebook clients on all my devices and do still read books on my phones, however I ALWAYS get distracted by phone calls, emails, social networks, the lure of checking my latest RSS feeds, and more that take away from the book experience I remember enjoying hundreds of times as a kid. I personally feel that books were designed to be read with as few distractions as possible and having a dedicated ebook device like a Kindle or Sony Reader lets you cuddle up in your favorite chair and read for hours and hours. You could be distracted by using the Kindle browser, but it isn't that fast or functional so it is more frustrating than browsing on your phone and isn't as likely to take you away from your book. Also, with the outstanding E-Ink technology your eyes are not strained at all and you get a "real book" experience on these devices.

I do actually still read my Bible regularly on my Windows Mobile devices, thanks to Laridian's PocketBible, but with the new 5-way controller capability on the Kindle 2 (detailed in my review) I may actually be switching to the Kindle for reading and annotations.

A major argument people make about reading books on their phones is that their phones are always with them so they always have books with them to read. That is true and in those cases when you are out and about it is great to be able to read on your phone. If Amazon can bring their Kindle Whispersync technology to phones then you could read a few short sections on your phone when you are out and about and then finish the book in the comfort of your chair or bed on your Kindle.

Do you agree that ebook readers like the Kindle or Sony Reader offer you a better distraction-minimized reading experience or do you think reading on your phone is just fine?

Topics: Hardware, Mobility

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Matthew Miller started using a mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host with GigaOM's Kevin Tofel on the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned over 200 d... Full Bio

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