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A library in Mulnomah County (Portland, OR) said cardholders can now check out e-books on their Amazon Kindle or mobile devices, such as the iPhone, tablets such as the iPad, and devices running Google Inc.’s Android operating system with the free Kindle app.
More than 10,000 titles are available and patrons will need both a library card and, of course, an Amazon account.
The length of the loan, the library says, depends on the format and the patron’s preference.
Here is the critical question for us avid readers: Which e-reader or tablet is the best for reading books?
“So I set out to try them all, reading a chapter on each: the Amazon Kindle, the first- and second-generation Apple iPads, the Barnes & Noble Nook, an iPhone, a Windows Phone, a Google Android phone, a Google Android tablet and a laptop computer. To be fair, I also read a chapter in that old-fashioned form — a crumply old print paperback.”
Currently not much is known about Amazon’s tablet. What is known is that it will feature a 9” – 10” touch-screen, a powerful application processor and will be based on Google Android operating system. It is expected to be released in two months.
According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the device will be designed by one of the contract manufacturers of electronics, but its successor due in 2012 will be developed by Amazon itself.
Microsoft and TouchyBooks will see more than 300 ebooks coming to Windows Phone, and then Android and the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. Over 150 children’s ebooks have already been released on the Windows Marketplace, with the same number again to follow before the end of June – 20 a day, according to the press release.
As you would expect from an ‘app book’, the pages are interactive, providing your children with lots of colour, words to read and learn and even background music and animations. Among the list there are plenty of recognisable classics, including Cinderella, Snow White and… [read the full story]