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The $5 App That Might Justify (to me, not my wife) Buying a $500 iPad

“The $5 App That Justifies my $500 iPad”

(Via The $5 App That Justifies my $500 iPad — Shawn Blanc.)

Gave up my iPad a while back and I don’t’ miss it much. I do miss Instapaper a bit, and this update is really making me feel like I should have an iPad again! Instapapers Kindle integration is great but it’s still a fair amount of friction to reading things. Though I KNOW I’ll just be distracted on the iPad all the time, hell I can’t even read long article on my windows desktop!


Update: iOS 5 isn’t hurting either (iMessages is killer now that more the half the people I SMS with are on iPhones)!

I Like A Good Button

That’s a Good Question:

It seems to me that those two buttons would still be quite useful even though the screen now accepts touch input.

(Via Shawn Blanc)

The buttons on the Kindle 3 were a great improvement over the two. I never liked having to swipe page turns on the iPad. I’d like to feel how the new navigation works on the Kindle Touch before I complain. Either way I’m not sure I like the removal of the option.


“One argument I’ve heard is that Apple is, in theory, acting in the customer’s best long-term interest here: iTunes is an easier payment method than Amazon’s Kindle store, so Apple should try to pressure companies to use iTunes for everything over the long run.”

via Here’s how Apple is forcing a worse user experience on its customers – SplatF.

Has this guy used the Kindle Store? Once you have an account set up, and who hasn’t had an Amazon account for a decade, all you have to do is click buy. I don’t think it’s a huge argument that it for sure isn’t any harder then iTunes.

After all this is the company that holds the patent on buying things with “1-Click”!

Make a Better EBook Reader

I’m not going to touch the whole Text-to-Speech thing that has come up since the last release for the Amazon Kindle. What I was thinking about is how Amazon can force them selves to push the limits and make the best ebook reader around. Admittedly I don’t know much about the Kindle or any other ebook reader so I’m making some assumptions but the final thoughts can apply to anything. So I think they should open up an easy API for the ebook store so that anyone making a reader can take advantage of the store the same way the Kindle can. Anyone could develop a store on the device or on a desktop that will sync to the device, the possibilities would only endless. Well, except by the stupid DRM on the books of course! The competition, like all competition, makes you innovate and be better.And I wonder what their real motive is anyways, are they a hardware maker or an ebook retailer?