When we visited a museum in Washington three months ago I saw the Kindle for the first time in real life. The Kindle is a hand held device for reading books, connected to Amazon’s bookstore. I’d like to be able to read books digitally, but $399 is way too expensive and I don’t like to be “locked in” to Amazon’s bookstore.
I read newspapers on my phone every day. The screen is fairly small, but it’s certainly readable and the other day I found out how to read books on my phone as well. I’ve started reading a classic a few weeks ago, The Brothers Karamazov, and in addition to the hard copy I now have the entire book with me where ever I go.
I installed “Mobipocket” on my laptop and cell phone, and downloaded a free copy of the book from Project Gutenberg. It’s free since the copyright on the book has long expired. It works great! Obviously, reading a physical book is still a lot nicer, but if I have some time to kill and my phone with me, I can now continue reading my book.