The iPad is an excellent reader

I’ve been doing a lot reading on the iPad lately using the Kindle app, the Nook app and Goodreader and I have to say working with the iPad is so much easier than paper. For example, one of the books I’m working with is for Exchange Server 2010 and it’s a hefty tome of over 1200 pages. Just think of the paper I’ve saved, not to mention the weight I’m not carrying around, by having an electronic copy. The real book is massively large and heavy. Let’s not forget the companion book which is for Outlook 2010 and is an equal 1100 pages. To carry both of those around could actually kill a man. I could be tipped off balance and suffer some major back injury lugging these things around.

But the other cool part is that using the different readers I never forget what page I’m on, I can adjust the font size for readability, I don’t have books lying around all over the place, I can read in low light without trouble, I always know where the book is, I can look up words, make notes, highlight text, and always have a pristine copy of the book on hand.

Now there is the downside of not being able to walk into a lavishly furnished library and marveling at the array of books on the shelf, which is a true pity, but sometimes convenience must take the front seat.

So what do you think, are the days of print coming to an end? Which reader are you partial to?

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