EBooks and the BlackBerry

10 Comments

reading.jpgThanks to BlackBerryInsight.com and their recent post about new ebooks for the BlackBerry for inspiring this. I’ve got a question for you, readers. How many of you have a) downloaded an ebook for your device and/or b) actually READ an ebook on your device?

I’ve never tried it, but I can tell you that, especially while I’m on the road away from my inbox, I find just reading copious amounts of email to become tedious and a little hard on the eyes. I don’t know if I could handle an entire book.

This isn’t going to turn into a pro-literary kind of rant, but I’m just wondering about the popularity of ebooks and why people use them. Yes, I understand that the higher enterprise users who spend a lot of time on planes and whatnot need something to pass the time, but do they want to strain both their eyes and neck with an ebook on their BlackBerry? Sure, a book’ll take up more space in your carry-on, but you’ll be that much more comfortable in the long run.

When I’m reading, I like to be able to get into the book, no matter what the subject matter. If it’s an educational book about, say, how to speak Italian, I need to get immersed in the book and soak it all in without any distractions, same with a novel. If I’m reading on my BlackBerry, that red light’ll blink every five seconds and let’s be honest, who can ignore a new email in their inbox?

I want to put my feet up, lay back, and get so far into the book that I almost become print. Maybe that’s just me, though. Maybe I’m the last of the readers and everyone else has already evolved to ebooks without telling me.

So, pals – please tell me. What’s your reasoning for spending time with an ebook? I’d like to know. Maybe I’m missing out.

  • R. Dykema

    I have 3 e-books in my Mobipocket Reader library so far, and if the books I wanted were available for the BlackBerry, I would be done with buying physical books. It’s easier to hold my BlackBerry than a dead-tree book, and I don’t have those books taking up space in my home. I can easily read the text on my small 7130e screen, though it would be nicer to have a larger screen that would show more of the text at one time. I’m not distracted by every e-mail because I’ve set my filters to flash only for my most important and urgent e-mails.

  • R. Dykema

    I have 3 e-books in my Mobipocket Reader library so far, and if the books I wanted were available for the BlackBerry, I would be done with buying physical books. It’s easier to hold my BlackBerry than a dead-tree book, and I don’t have those books taking up space in my home. I can easily read the text on my small 7130e screen, though it would be nicer to have a larger screen that would show more of the text at one time. I’m not distracted by every e-mail because I’ve set my filters to flash only for my most important and urgent e-mails.

  • Gary

    Read them all the time, unless I have a good paperback. Mobipocket is a nice program. Wish I had more memory on my 7520 to load some larger books though.

  • Gary

    Read them all the time, unless I have a good paperback. Mobipocket is a nice program. Wish I had more memory on my 7520 to load some larger books though.

  • Elliot

    Sure, I’d rather read a paperback than an e-book on a BB, but an e-book is more readable than you might think, particularly on the larger screen of the 8700. The really nice thing about an e-book, however, is that it is always with you. Don’t have to remember to carry it along, so you always have it when you are stuck with a bit of down time at the airport, in a taxi, on the train, etc.

  • Elliot

    Sure, I’d rather read a paperback than an e-book on a BB, but an e-book is more readable than you might think, particularly on the larger screen of the 8700. The really nice thing about an e-book, however, is that it is always with you. Don’t have to remember to carry it along, so you always have it when you are stuck with a bit of down time at the airport, in a taxi, on the train, etc.

  • Arturo

    I like e-books, but as reference material, that I always have on me, and that answers are easily found. No paperback, can do that.

  • Arturo

    I like e-books, but as reference material, that I always have on me, and that answers are easily found. No paperback, can do that.

  • Susan

    I love having ebooks I find when I have down time I have the reading with me. I had a palm and loved it! But now I have a BB and have the Mobipocket. I have books loaded on my card and cann’t seem to find them…. anyone have any help for me? I am CONFUSED!

  • Susan

    I love having ebooks I find when I have down time I have the reading with me. I had a palm and loved it! But now I have a BB and have the Mobipocket. I have books loaded on my card and cann’t seem to find them…. anyone have any help for me? I am CONFUSED!