Tuesday, March 31, 2009
The Kindle Meets the iPod Touch
I continue to be intrigued by my iPod Touch . . .
You've probably heard about the Kindle, Amazon's wireless reading device. Kindle owners can download books from Amazon.com at a reduced price ($9.99 for a best seller and less for others) to read on their Kindles. Newspapers and magazines are also available for download.
But did you know that you can also get a free Kindle app for your iPod Touch or iPhone? I downloaded the app, and it was sent directly to my iPod via my wireless Internet connection in a matter of seconds. However, I still wasn't sure how I would like reading a book on such a small screen. To test it, I scoured Amazon's Kindle store for a free book to test. Yes, there are FREE books for both the Kindle and the Kindle iPod app! I found a romance novel that appealed to me, and it was downloaded in a flash.
Surprisingly, I don't mind reading the book on the iPod. I don't think I'd want to read War and Peace on the small screen--Okay, I don't want to read War and Peace from a book, either--but it really isn't bad. The screen is backlit and the text large enough that it doesn't cause eyestrain. And the iPod saves my place when I stop reading. I can reopen the Kindle app later and pick up where I left off.
The Kindle app on the iPod Touch allows you to carry your favorite books wherever you go!