But now, here's an app -- Stanza -- that makes the iPhone work as an eBook. It's free, so if I don't like it and don't use it, I won't have to feel like a chump. Anyway, it works nicely. I've set my font size. The print is, of course, bright and clear. And you don't turn pages, you "cover flow" to the next page with a finger swipe.
The on-line libraries are fun to browse. For example, I can see a list of the most commonly assigned high school books. The top 5:
- "Pride and Prejudice," by Jane Austen
- "Jane Eyre," by Charlotte Bronte
- "Wuthering Heights," by Emily Bronte
- "Death Comes to the Archbishop," by Willa Cather
- "The Awakening," by Kate Chopin
It's also interesting to see what books are most popular among those who download free digital books. From the Freebooks list, #1 is "The Art of War." Hmmm. The top 6 are by men, and #7 is good old "Pride and Prejudice." (When did that get to be the greatest novel ever written?) But generally, this list is pretty masculine, and I'm glad to see it's not all novels. Charles Darwin ranks high. So do Freud and Nietzsche. From the Project Gutenberg list, Albert Einstein is #1, followed by Confucius, "The Art of War" again, and Plato's "Republic." The Gutenberg crowd is really ambitious. What's the top novel for these folks? "Siddhartha"!
Anyway, highly recommended, if only for the fun of browsing lists of what other people read. But I've downloaded a few things to read in full.