Confessions of a fickle ebook fanboy

Confessions of a fickle ebook fanboy

Summary: I read one to three ebooks a week, as I have for over a decade. I started with the pioneering Peanut Press, and have continued through the Kindle technology I use today. I haven't read more than a handful of novels in paper form in a decade, and those were gifts.

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I love reading ebooks, and have done so since the infancy of the digital publishing industry. I read one to three novels a week, as I have for over a decade, and every one of them is an ebook. I started with the pioneering Peanut Press, and have continued through the Kindle technology I use today. I don't think I've read more than a handful of books in paper form over the past decade, and those were gifts.

The Peanut Press was started in 1998 to leverage the Palm Pilot screen for entertainment. I bought a Palm Pilot xv for the sole purpose of reading ebooks from Peanut Press, and never regretted the purchase. I stayed with them through the transitional years, when Peanut Press morphed into Palm Digital Media, eReader and eventually into the Barnes & Noble family where it resides today. My entire library starting with Peanut Press is still available to me today, with the first purchase I made on March 28, 2000 still there for me to download should I wish to read it again on either eReader or the Nook.

Even though my loyalty with eReader goes back over a decade, I admit I don't use it now. I have totally switched over to the Kindle ecosystem, and strictly because of the reading experience. Amazon debuted one feature with the Kindle system at launch that won me over almost immediately, and I haven't looked back.

The killer feature is WhisperSync, the technology employed in all Kindle readers and apps that makes the entire library instantly available from any device. Customers like me who use multiple devices to read books can pick up any device using the Kindle technology and instantly start reading. There is no struggling to sideload content as was the case with other apps, nor is there a need to remember the last reading position on another device. WhisperSync does all of that automatically, and it's significant enough to get me to drop a near decade-long business relationship.

The years of scrambling to make sure that the book I was currently reading was on the device I was grabbing to take with me are over. The hours spent paging through books to find where I left off on another device are a thing of the past. Now I grab any device I want, and I've used hundreds over the years, and simply read. This alone makes the reading experience as good as it can be, without the hassles.

Competitors to the Kindle must duplicate this feature, and implement it just as fully as Amazon. There can be no barriers to the interaction with the library or the reader, or the customer's bookshelf will look like the one above. I am proof positive of that.

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  • Kindle brought me back to reading

    I had read all kinds of technical manuals and other highly academic material over the years, but leisure reading had left me for the better part of 15 years.

    My wife and kids are library hawks, so I tried that from time to time. It just didn't work. I could find the book when I had a minute to read, and then I couldn't figure out what page I was on (bookmarks seemed to always fall out on me).

    I got an Evo last year and started reading Kindle books through the Android app shortly after. I've read 7 fiction books over the last ten months. It's been a *great* experience.

    I always have my phone, and with the Kindle app, I always have my books.
    markh@...
  • Zero probability

    I rate the chance of Apple, M$, Adobe, Google and Amazon agreeing on the necessary interoperable standards as ... ZERO <img border="0" src="http://www.cnet.com/i/mb/emoticons/sad.gif" alt="sad">

    Indeed I venture that the only way this could happen would be for pirates got hold of all copyright media and publish it illegally
    :-( :-(
    jacksonjohn
  • Kindle also brought me back to reading more

    The kindle app is awesome and I agree that it's great having the entire library available to any device.

    There are tons of free books but I'm currently hooked on those .99 cents books. Some of them are decent but if you're reading a series the 2nd plus book usully cost 2.99 or more.
    iPad-awan
  • RE: Confessions of a fickle ebook fanboy

    As an author ebook publishing offers liberation. No censorship. This is a revolution.
    Liberal publishing houses have conditioned consumers for decades to accept illicit behavior as normal. The gig is up.
    Read what liberal publishing houses want banned at FictiononFact with Stephanie M Sellers, ebooks with gravel in your gut conscious storylines. You're welcome.
    SMSellers
    • Shameless...

      @SMSellers
      ..self-promotion.
      matricellc
  • Call it the killer feature

    You can call Whispernet the killer feature. I use a Kobo myself because it is simple, lightweight, easy to read and handles my e-book formats (with a little assist from Calibre from time to time). My first e-reader was a Palm TX, which got me back to reading books on a regular basis. I generally have 3-4 books that I'm reading at a time, and the e-readers have kept me from carrying around volumes when I am playing the role of road-warrior. Whispernet is what pushes Kindle and Amazon above the rest of the e-reading crowd.

    Like @markh... above, the Kindle brought my wife back to reading in a huge way. She reads while she works out, at night, whenever she can. In fact, she rarely turns on the TV. For her, this is the killer device, and she was more than a little upset when it froze up (I think she spilled water on it, but all is well now).

    Of course, wait until she gets her hands on a tablet this summer....
    matricellc
  • Me, I use Nook...

    ...because Amazon are book burners. The whole 1984 debacle and it can happen again.

    No thank you.

    Besides, the Nook rocks. :)
    wolf_z
  • RE: Confessions of a fickle ebook fanboy

    The e-reader killer feature will be when I can lend a book (or any publication) to someone indefinitely. Until then, paper works only for me.
    aep528
  • You might want to take another look, JK

    James, I checked out my Nook this morning, and it also has the auto-sync of location feature (as well as the ability to load content on multiple devices.) You might want to pick up their free app for iDevice or Android (Windows and OS X versions also available) if you want to avoid purchasing another eReader.

    ~EdT. (owner of Kindle, NOOK, and lots of other gadgetry.)
    etee74
  • RE: Confessions of a fickle ebook fanboy

    I now see more people with Kindles on the London underground than with paper books, which is why I released my thriller, The Secret of Hades' Eden, on it - within 24hrs of uploading it to Amazon it was selling worldwide! It's a brave new world out there.
    KBT882
  • RE: Confessions of a fickle ebook fanboy

    James, whether they are electronic or print, I appreciate your book suggestions! Do you have a list of the books you've read online somewhere?? On ereaders: I have a Kindle and really like it - especially the non-glare screen - though initially I bought it because the price was right. Public libraries are going to be able to include loans of Kindle editions sometime soon. I'm looking forward to that.)
    ilenef