Wednesday, November 26, 2008


The Kindle and the Sony Reader aren't easy to acquire here in the Philippines, but this country is nothing if not cellphone-mad; iPhones--as well as its sister product, the iTouch--abound. So this video might be of some help to those iPhone and iTouch owners who are also avid readers.

The video explains how to turn your iPhone or iTouch into an e-reader with the help of two applications (Stanza and eReader) and a website (Fictionwise). From what I understand, all you need to do is download the applications into your gadget and then you'll have legal access to the e-books on those sites, as well as ebooks on other sites (as long as the format, usually text files, are compatible). You'll have to pay for some of the files, as you would if you were buying a regular book from a brick-and-mortar, but a lot of free and legal novels are also available.

As I've mentioned before, I'm a bit of a luddite, so I unfortunately don't own either an iPhone or an iTouch; otherwise I'd be able to tell you how easy (or difficult) it is to make the applications work, and whether reading off those gadgets is worthwhile. If any of you own either of those gadgets and are planning to try and turn them into e-Readers, please drop a note and let me know how it goes.


Blogger Pipe said...

If all you have is a regular iPod (with a screen - so no shuffles allowed) you can try this application:

It serves "as a replacement PDA. Word, PDF, Apple Pages, RTF or text documents may be easily transferred to iPod so data is available for quick access, any time" or so sayeth the webpage.

- Pao

4:53 PM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Hey, cool! Thanks!

I may give it a try, even if my iPod is an old model (4th gen, screen's still black and white). :D

8:50 PM  

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