Here's some beautiful news to our ears: tests taken among a 24-person sample group suggest that reading an e-book takes more time than reading a regular ole' book, and the iPad is actually easier to read than a Kindle device.
Jakob Nielsen of the Nielsen Norman Group studied the differences between the three book mediums and found that reading a short Hemingway story on the iPad took 6.2 percent more time to read than a book. The Kindle 2, on the other hand, took 10.7 percent more time to read. Test subjects gave the iPad a score of 5.8, the Kindle a 5.7 and the book a 5.6.
Amazon.com has announced an update to their universal Kindle app for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad which now allows users to enjoy embedded video and audio clips within KIndle books. Best of all, it doesn’t require downloading an update to the app itself.
You knew it had to happen. With the iPad shaking up the e-reader market by bringing to users full color screens, the ability to watch movies, surf the Internet, and run all the apps that the iPhone runs, the e-ink product makers have to be feeling the heat. Now Barnes & Noble and Amazon are slashing prices on their e-readers with two different strategies that may or may not succeed.
Many have tried--and failed--to reinvent the book in digital form. It took the powerhouse that is Amazon to reinvigorate the idea of e-books, and when it released the Kindle, gadget nerds and book lovers rejoiced. But let’s not forget that Amazon’s roots are in selling stuff (books in particular), not building hardware. That’s why the company is piggybacking on the infrastructure it built to sell e-books to Kindle owners, first with an app for iPhone users and now with Kindle for your Mac desktop. It’s all about selling virtual books by the truckload.
With the announcement of iBooks and its 60,000+ in-app downloads, Apple
set the standard for the iPad as an important reading device, and
luckily, other developers heard the calling. Several worthwhile reading
applications are now available, with many putting their paper
counterparts to shame with vivid artwork, embedded video, and
interactive elements. Still unsure of whether the iPad can kick some of
your traditional print reading habits to the curb? We've already given
iBooks its own full review, but here's a look at some of the other
initial reading offerings on the iPad.
Not that it’s a huge shocker, but Amazon has just gone live with a new page on their website promising a Kindle for iPad app -- and they aren’t stopping there, with versions for other tablet devices as well.
Amazon’s top dogs are likely having some sleepless nights following Apple’s iPad introduction in late January, with a new survey showing that one in four current e-reader owners would have purchased an iPad instead.
Seemingly contradicting recent reports that iBookstore pricing on the iPad will fall between $12.99 and $14.99 for new releases, The New York Times has a new report which indicates the $9.99 price point may not be dead after all.