How My iPad Makes Reading Better

As I sat finishing breakfast at our kitchen table yesterday morning with the Colorado sun filling the back yard and the kids enjoying their last few days of "freedom" before they head back to school next week, I caught up on my news reading using my iPad. I use Feeddler, an RSS (Real Simple Syndication) reader for iOS together with the Wall Street Journal and Guardian Eyewitness apps to stay current with news and insights from my favorite content sites. I thought about how this was so different than it has been for me until just recently. I no longer need to go to my desktop computer or pull out my notebook computer to check my favorite web sites; I just pull out my iPad. Not only that, but because Feeddler uses Google Reader to sync what I've read, I can use Feeddler on my iPhone and my iPad or Google Reader or one of the Google Reader compatible applications to stay up-to-date throughout the day.

Of course, I also use the iPad to stay current with email, some web browsing, and my eBooks, too (mostly using the Kindle app). I even use it for a bit of Bible reading and study using Logos.

As a result, what I have noticed is that my iPad, this small, lightweight device, has become the center of my reading world. It's like I'm carrying my entire stack of books, magazines, newspapers and websites with me all the time. I am beginning to see very clearly just how much the iPad has simplified my life. And this from a guy who definitely wasn't sold on the idea of an iPad for my own personal productivity.

Pretty interesting...

Kindle for iPad Review

One of the first things I did once I had my new iPad sync'd was to download the Amazon Kindle app to see how it would work for me and compare to the experience with my Kindle 2. My first view was a "Wow!" when I saw the splash screen and then my Kindle library displayed on the big iPad screen.

The experience got even better when I opened a book. I could choose the appearance and font, and choose the comfortable and somewhat old-fashioned sepia background.

Furthermore, I could highlight easily, add notes, and bookmark as I read multiple books during my trip. If you haven't used a Kindle or Kindle application on your iPhone, you may not know that they sync. In my case, the reading locations between my iPhone, my Kindle 2, and my iPad sync transparently, allowing me to use whichever I want which is near by.

I'm glad Apple approved the Kindle app for the iPhone and iPad. The reading experience is great, and now my existing Kindle books are available on my iPad, too.

Oh... By the way, the app is free!