Okay, so I was putzing around on the iTunes App Store during my staff meeting this afternoon and came across the Amazon Kindle app for iPhone and iPod Touch. (Mom you should totally get this.) I’ve been thinking about how convenient a Kindle would be for the 12 hour trip I have from NM to IN next week, but this is definitely the better solution.
Previously, I was running Lexcycle’s Stanza, which I’ve read is the best app for free eBooks. And you can wirelessly transfer books downloaded onto your computer to your handheld device. It supports Project Gutenberg and Planet eBook downloads, among others. I’m going to keep running Lexcycle’s Stanza, if only because of the ease of transfer and the free books I’ve already downloaded and don’t want to lose.
See, I do a lot of waffling. I love physical books. I like the way they feel. I like the way they smell. I like the sound they make when I pop a kid in the head with one. 😉 For me, paper books are much more practical, especially since I think it’d be significantly more difficult to lend books to students from my classroom library if I didn’t have the physical thing. Goodness knows that if I lent one of them my iPod Touch, I’d probably not get it back in the same condition if I got it back at all.
From what I understand, though, the book prices on Amazon are lower than anywhere else. I was excited when I found Matt de la Pena’s Mexican White Boy because it’s been on my list for a while now. But I’d pay $10 for it on Kindle, then pay another $8 at least when I went to buy the paperback to go in my classroom. Gah. Maybe not so practical for me, but I’ve downloaded a bunch of books in the public domain, so it can’t be all bad.