Thursday, October 28, 2010

iPad Reading & Writing: Getting Your Ebook Reading Apps Together

Where you buy your ebook for your iPad determines which app you must use to read it.  Amazon's Kindle for the iPad app won't let you read the books you buy directly from Apple in the iStore, and vice versa.

Sorting it out for us in this week, staff editor Nicholas Jackson gives a quick run through the major reading apps, available from Apple, Amazon (Kindle), Ereader and Stanza.

Jackson's “iPad Week” column is a handy information source for iPad owners.  The scant few articles in the column's Toolkit archives so far indicates it's just begun to come to iPad users' aid.  You might want to bookmark the pages and keep an eye on the column each week for updates.  (We will.)

With iPad a "young" device on the market, and sales booming, iPad "newbies" will outnumber veterans for some time to come.  For we "new kids," articles like Jackson's piece on choosing a keyboard to use with the iPad is appreciated.

Besides writing for, Jackson is also a producer for the Technology Channel and a former “media aggregator” for Slate. Slate is a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company.

Amazon lists a number of keyboard options to work with the iPad:

Kensington's KeyFolio bluetooth keyboard and case lists for $70.54 on Amazon, but is only available for per-order, with no shipping date indicated.  Compare that to the $99.99 price on Kensington's own web site, where the KeyFolio is likewise available only for pre-order.

Ready to ship by Amazon is Apple's own Keyboard Dock for iPad, which you can use for typing and connecting to your computer. The dock also lets you connect to your audio equipment, and to a TV or video projector. The latter might make it a hit with the speakers' circuit in most industries.

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