Categories: Digital Life, Reading adept, adobe, Adobe Digital Editions, Apple, bluefire, calibre, e-readers, goodreader, iBooks, kindle, kobo, review, stanza
I should start by saying that I really like Kobo as an e-book retailer. I buy a lot of my e-books through Kobo, and I’m continually impressed by the range of books they have available to buyers, like myself, who live in Australia. I like their web site, and the ease of purchasing through it.
Having said all that, however, I find the Kobo e-reader app for the iPad to be a little disappointing.
Though I usually read books on my iPad through Apple’s iBooks app, I have been using several different e-reader apps recently, and I thought it would be instructive to compare them. Each of them have their own strengths and weaknesses. Some of them are good, some of them so bad as to be useless.
The main reason that I have been trying different e-reader apps is that all of the apps seem to share a common weakness – if you adjust the settings for font, font-size, background and foreground colors, and so on, those settings apply to every book in your library. Yet different books often demand individual settings. For example, I was trying to use iBooks to both read a mystery novel as well as to read a textbook on iOS programming. The novel required a nice, readable, serif font, at a comfortable size. The textbook needed a larger font applied, and looked best in a sans-serif font. But iBooks doesn’t let me store these settings on a per-book basis, so each time I switched books I had to go through the process of changing the settings. Read more…
Categories: Digital Life, Reading adobe, app, bluefire, calibre, e-readers, goodreader, iBooks, kindle, kobo, review, stanza