ibooks and ipadAs a long time devotee of absolutely anything and everything Apple, I have a very sad admission to make. It hurts and seriously pains me to write this post and make my sad confession, but …… I have bought a Kindle.

I can hear you screaming, ‘But why?’

Well, now one year or more on from the release of the iPad and the absolutely beautiful iBooks app and iBooks Store, Apple have really missed the mark and flopped like a limp deck of wet playing cards. As a non-US user, I am still unable to buy one solitary book. If that’s not bad enough, there is no app for my laptop, so obviously no way to make any purchase (of non existent books it must be said) from my MacBook.

Additionally, I have also discovered that reading (read here free classics as that is all that is available to me) in the gentle sunshine on my balcony is impossible due to screen glare. You can also add to this that I wear glasses which doubles the impossibility.

So, lights out for reading in a dark corner and everything is fine. Well, apart from the fact that I can’t buy Happy Potter so I’ll just have to be happy with Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.

Enough said. So I bought a Kindle.

Get well soon and come back to work Steve. There’s a monumental ‘cock up’ to fix!

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15 thoughts on “Why An Apple Freak Bought A Kindle

  • 06/06/2011 at 4:05 pm

    I'm so with you on not being able to buy books if you don't live in America or England. I thought the whole idea of e-books was to be able to buy them wherever you are in the world. Crazy system!
    I mean, I can order paper books so why not digital?

  • 06/06/2011 at 4:10 pm

    I completely agree Wendy. I don't get why I can order the paperback version, but the ebook is not available for people outside the target country.

    I have a Kindle of my own and I love how it's perfectly readable in the sun (: That's pretty much why I went for the Kindle, and not a full colour ereader.

  • 06/06/2011 at 4:18 pm

    If you are a non US resident people, It's not only Apple. Barnes & Noble introduced their own version – Nook. While you can purchase it outside the US, you cannot purchase any of their brand of Ebooks unless you live there. Amazon wins on both counts. :)

  • 06/06/2011 at 4:41 pm

    Wow. I never knew this. I don't have an ipad, but I'm a Mac user from way back. Have two laptops on my desk right now. I got a Kindle for Christmas, and I love it. I'm having a great time reading all my friends self-published ebooks.

    I hope things change soon so those of you who don't live in the US or Great Britain can buy all the books you want.

  • 06/06/2011 at 4:51 pm

    I'm forever amazed at how easily people miss the point when comparing things like Kindles and iPads (and their systems). The point is, you CAN'T compare them. Compare Kindle to Nook or to Sony Reader. Comparing it to iPad is like comparing a dog to its genus. A Kindle is a book reader. It does that very well, and its system is geared to supply those books, again very well. The Kindle, however, does nothing else well, and almost nothing else at all. An iPad is a new category of electronic device, a not-quite-computer that allows you to read books, watch movies, surf the web, WRITE, draw, make music, look at photos, design software… the list is virtually endless. The iPad makes an okay book reader, but then, it does so many other things okay as well, and still other things stupendously. If I wanted to write, read and research on a portable device and could only choose one, there is no other choice than an iPad. There are other tablets, but they're like Soviet-era consumer goods by comparison. If all I wanted to do was read, a Kindle would be a passable selection. Let's understand that, where the iPad has no serious competition in its form factor, the Kindle has many. Personally, I own a Kindle, and would also own an iPad if I had the money. Saving up for it. The idea of continuing my writing binge while standing in line at ALDI is truly compelling to me.

  • 06/06/2011 at 5:03 pm

    The iPad I bought thinking I´d have limitless books to read now belongs to my 2 kids who use it to read interactive, made for iPad books. It´s also good for magazines.
    But I´m right there with you: the screen, and not being a US resident make a difference. I bought a Kindle. I confess.

  • 06/06/2011 at 5:08 pm

    There is a Kindle app for iPad. So you can buy Kindle books for your iPad. Yeah that`s cool there is no glare on sunshine. But it is impossible to read in night on Kindle. I think the best reading time is night and you I can`t read on Kindle nights…

  • 06/06/2011 at 9:14 pm

    Dean, there was a survey of iPad owners a few months ago. This was a US survey, btw. Anyways, 40% of those owners also owned a Kindle and another 23% were thinking about buying one. The iPad may be useful for many things but the Kindle is a superior book reading device.

  • 06/06/2011 at 9:15 pm

    Darn! I was just talking to a friend of mine – DEAN. I just called you Dean instead of Derek. Sorry about that.

    Cheers — Larry

  • 06/06/2011 at 9:23 pm

    Forgiven Larry :) Only 24 push ups and we'll be friends again! lol Thanks for taking the time to comment. And I agree, the Kindle is by by the best reading experience. And this an admission from a 'dyed in the wool' spine cracker!

  • 06/06/2011 at 9:41 pm

    I had a similar experience last weekend after setting up my mom's new Kindle for her. I have an IPAD but immediately developed Kindle-envy. Glad you're enjoying yours!

  • 07/06/2011 at 2:34 pm

    I love the iPad but also have a nook. Kindles are cool too. :)

  • 07/06/2011 at 2:56 pm

    I've had my eye on Kindle. Must act on it soon. :) By the way, I've never been a fan of Apple. Not because there's something wrong with it, but just because it bugs me with its superior attitude. :P Thanks for sharing!

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