Smartphones and books are now inseparable


About nine months ago, the founders of Readmill noticed a trend was crystallizing. The makers of the popular book-reading iPad app kept receiving requests for an iPhone version. It was the most common request among Readmill users, and it just kept reappearing. Demand never slowed down; it only increased.
So while the practice of reading is breaking out of its traditional confines – first bounded pages, then Kindles and Nooks, and now even away from tablets – its economics will, at least for now, continue to very much be dominated by the Internet-era’s traditional overlords. Sadly, even the snazziest iPhone app in the world isn’t going to change that.


I can't imagine how annoying it would be to read a book on an iPhone!

It can be very good, depends on the situation.
Can also be very annoying with much more page turning, depending on the size of text books you normally read. Better on tablets/ipads but not as bendy as a book

>>I can't imagine how annoying it would be to read a book on an iPhone!

It could be argued you have a very limited imagination. When I read fiction I have to imagine other worlds and realities. I can imagine reading on an iPhone.

I read this entire book on an iPod Touch -- Seized: A Sea Captain's Adventures Battling Scoundrels and Pirates While Recovering Stolen Ships in the World's Most Troubled Waters

Shouldn't we be rejoicing that people are seeking literature?


Agreed. I just finished a very long fantasy series (The Wheel of Time) - 4,056,130 words, 4 volumes. Joyously, I can take that whole series with me on a device that weighs about the same as a small paperback book.

I should save that subject line as a keyboard macro...

I can certainly imagine [other people] reading a book on a smartphone. Not my thing--but then, I don't have a smartphone.

But saying smartphones and books are "inseparable" is as stupid as saying iPads and books are "inseparable" or, for that matter, that ink, paper & glue and books are "inseparable." It's nonsense.

Sometimes the carrier is important (some books just won't work on very small screens; some won't work on screens at all); sometimes it isn't; mostly, it's personal preference. (Yes, I do now own a portable device largely intended for book reading and very good for it--no, I don't regard the device as my primary book reading methodology.)

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