Sunday, February 21, 2010

Why is buying an eBook such a pain?

As much as I've enjoyed free shipping with Amazon Prime lately, I'd enjoy buying eBooks that I could read on my Palm Pre even more.  The problem with eBooks right now is that you're throwing all of this money at a specific format/company, but if that company goes under or doesn't support your current or next mobile device, you're pretty much screwed.  To be fair, eReader does support a lot of other devices, but their lack of Pre support is a deal breaker for me.  I love my Palm Pre, but unfortunately it doesn't have the same market penetration that the iPhone, Blackberry, and Android smartphones are enjoying (but hopefully its recent Verizon launch will change that).  Maybe the Kindle software will come out for the Pre soon too, but we'll see.

Right now, I think I'll give Kobo Books a try with my next purchase.  It's available on my Palm pre and other devices and I'm pretty sure it even syncs your bookmarks with the cloud so you can log in from a different device or in a browser and continue reading there.  I like the idea of always having my books with me on my phone without also having my library (and bookmarks) limited to just my phone.  After I finish with Hidden Empire, I'll probably read Checklist Manifesto.  Kobo Books' prices even seem to be pretty reasonable ($10-$15 for most books), unlike eReader and Fictionwise that charge $20+ for books that have been out for years.  If anyone has any experience with Kobo Books, or if you would like to suggest another eBook solution, please let me know.  Otherwise I'll see how it goes when I get around to trying it out.

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