Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Jul 2011 21:14 UTC
Apple Petty Apple is petty. Amazon, Kobo, and others have changed their applications to conform to Apple's App Store rules, and if there's one word that describes the situation these booksellers are in, it's petty. Still, it's leading to good things: Kobo has announced it's going to bypass the App Store by writing an HTML5 e-reader for iOS (and thus, for other HTML5-capable mobile devices).
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RE[7]: Not surprising, really!
by Laurence on Sun 31st Jul 2011 21:12 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Not surprising, really!"
Laurence
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"Lead to understand" by whom? Please cite your sources for that claim.

You mean like how you cited your sources? lol

Unlike you, I do not sleep alone.

No need to get catty. I have a girlfriend ans she likes to dress up. We share a bed and occasionally have sex too.

I'll assume you wanted to know all these details seeming as you brought up my personal life. ;)


I don't want to keep my significant other awake if I decide to read in bed for another half an hour or so after she's ready to drift off.

Surely the back light on an iPad is just as bad as having a bedside light on in that respect?!

I can't speak for your "significant other", but my girlfriend can't sleep if I'm playing on my phone and that chucks out half the light that a tablet would.

Of course you can put on a "bed-side lamp" to read. It's not like you're going to keep anyone else awake. You know what's "ideal for your sort of problem"? Single serving frozen dinners.

Lay off the oestrogen will you; I'm trying to have a mature discussion here.

Reading magazines is rare? Do you stop and gawk when you see someone reading Popular Photography, Smithsonian, Rolling Stone, Car and Driver, Boating, Motorcyclist, or Wired? The National Directory of Magazines lists over twenty thousand different magazine titles just in the U.S. and Canada. There are far more magazines sold than books.

There is this little thing called "context".
As far as I know, (and I'm open to being proved wrong if you can provide hard statistical evidence), magazines are seldom bought and read on eBook-like devices compared to novels.
These devices are built and sold to people who are heavy readers. It might be quite a specific niche, but it's still a huge market. eMagazine sales, in comparison to eBook sales, are significantly lower.

You are claiming that it's rare for people to read non-fiction books with color photos, drawings, graphs, and charts?

No, I said it's rare for people to read technical manuals (which you specified) in comparison to novels.
Again, please don't drop the context to just win an argument as you'll ultimately just make this whole discussion pointless.

Normal people are living life; they are enjoying travel, sports, and hobbies, and reading about those things in full-color, glossy (like the screen of an iPad) magazines and richly illustrated books. That's partly why 29 million iPads have been sold while only 1.5 million Kindles have been sold -- despite the Kindle being sold for twice as long and at a fraction of the price.

Most people who bought an iPad didn't buy it because they were specifically just after an eBook reader. Again, you're failing to compare like for like.

If you wanted something that could read magazines AND surf the internet, then yes a tablet such as the iPad is a better purchase. However if you JUST want to read books then it isn't.


I appreciate your specific usage means you happen to prefer the iPad. That's fine. We all have a preference in these things. However don't think that just because you prefer LCD to eInk that everyone else should or would. And, most importantly, don't lower discussions to personal jabs as you just undermine your whole credibility - as a wise man once said: if you can't reason with logic then you have no reason to begin with. ;)

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