iBook (aka Stanza) Will Put A Huge Dent Into The Sony Reader, Kindle

There is a program for the iPhone and iTouch called Stanza. This program allows users to fully customize and enjoy book reading down to chapter selection, font, color, search, and so much more. The interface is so fast under the powerful and fluid-capable specs of the iPhone. I somewhat lust to see a color-capable Sony version with similiar features. However, the iPhone is just big enough to be useable as a book reader and really shines. It’s really amusing to me how quickly this caught on as I just read about it in Forbes. I downloaded this program a week ago when I stumbled across it in the App Store. Yes, I am an iPhone user. I know I have this Sony gig but let me tell you what, the phone is simply unbelieveable especially with a FREE program like this that has FREE access to literally thousands of books.

I know I sound like a spammer in the above paragraph with my enthusiasm. Many people are adopting this program and using it; Stanza has been downloaded almost 400,000 times since July and averages 5,000 installs a day, according to Forbes. Andy Greenberg writes, “Citigroup estimates Amazon will sell around 380,000 Kindles in 2008. Forrester Research analyst James McQuivey expects Sony’s Reader will sell only a fraction of that number. In other words, Apple may have inadvertently sold more e-readers than any other company in the nascent digital book market.”

It works because it’s consolidating two technologies into one very successfully. What’s truly surprising is that I don’t think Sony or Amazon really expected something like this and now they have been thrown off course. I use the program somewhat, and I enjoy how you can resize the text and have more lines per page which are fairly easy to read over an extended period of time. Searching is cool and the chapter selection feels like a DVD. Now while some of these features are present on the Reader and Kindle, there’s something about having it on your cell phone that makes reading have the possibility to become more spontaneous and make someone want to do it. It’s great to read a little Shakespeare on the go, and believe me, they have just about have most of his works as well as anything else truly classic.

The iBook is born, and is being adopted faster than the Reader and Kindle. What will Sony do? Obviously, it takes away potential customers from buying the Reader and they will need to counteract. Maybe they should bring reading applications to all capable Sony devices with an internet connection and do the same. They are releasing a PRS-700 model soon as noted recently by Crave that has a backlight today so that will at least eliminate that advantage. However, the brilliant LCD screen of the iPhone/iTouch is really great for book reading..

Do you agree?

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DISCUSSION 13 Comments
  • jay

    I have very similar functionality for my dumb cell phone from http://www.booksinmyphone.com – even down to the over the air install of a book. I like the reading experience and have used it a lot over the past year or so.

    Apples has done a great job of providing a vibrant environment for developers creating and distributing apps. What a contrast to the telcos who have had pretty capable phones and connectivity for years!

  • jay

    I have very similar functionality for my dumb cell phone from http://www.booksinmyphone.com – even down to the over the air install of a book. I like the reading experience and have used it a lot over the past year or so.

    Apples has done a great job of providing a vibrant environment for developers creating and distributing apps. What a contrast to the telcos who have had pretty capable phones and connectivity for years!

  • http://www.teleread.org/blog Chris Meadows

    No love for eReader, and the eReader/Fictionwise e-book store?

    Or Bookshelf, and Baen Webscriptions’s integration with it?

    Well, not that I blame you. As I point out in my take on the article, Forbes didn’t mention them either. They appear to have the impression that there are no commercial e-book vendors serving the iPhone yet, when in fact eReader had been downloaded for the iPhone 250,000 times as of the end of August, with over 300,000 books downloaded by iPhone/iTouch users at that point.

  • http://www.teleread.org/blog Chris Meadows

    No love for eReader, and the eReader/Fictionwise e-book store?

    Or Bookshelf, and Baen Webscriptions’s integration with it?

    Well, not that I blame you. As I point out in my take on the article, Forbes didn’t mention them either. They appear to have the impression that there are no commercial e-book vendors serving the iPhone yet, when in fact eReader had been downloaded for the iPhone 250,000 times as of the end of August, with over 300,000 books downloaded by iPhone/iTouch users at that point.

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  • TheFaze

    Uhh… all Sony has to do is allow the PSP to do a lot more than what it is currently doing, and in this case, be allowed to use ebooks. I think it would catapult Sony into being the number one ebook hardware seller, considering the install base.

    All Sony needs is a firmware to allow the PSP to process ebooks, PLUS, an online store that a PSP can access directly over the internet (no stupid PC go-between) to purchase and download books. Of course, along with books, they should have games, music, videos, movies, and other DLC. How frigging hard can it be? Obviously, Apple is not going to do it for Sony. Neither is Microsoft. And since Sony can never get their shit together in regards to software, they should just enlist the help of Google.

    It can be really frustrating to be a Sony end-user sometimes. If only I was in charge…

  • TheFaze

    Uhh… all Sony has to do is allow the PSP to do a lot more than what it is currently doing, and in this case, be allowed to use ebooks. I think it would catapult Sony into being the number one ebook hardware seller, considering the install base.

    All Sony needs is a firmware to allow the PSP to process ebooks, PLUS, an online store that a PSP can access directly over the internet (no stupid PC go-between) to purchase and download books. Of course, along with books, they should have games, music, videos, movies, and other DLC. How frigging hard can it be? Obviously, Apple is not going to do it for Sony. Neither is Microsoft. And since Sony can never get their shit together in regards to software, they should just enlist the help of Google.

    It can be really frustrating to be a Sony end-user sometimes. If only I was in charge…

  • Anthony O’Brien

    Part of Sony’s problem here is that they cover EVERY market. Where do you draw the line between a PSP and an eReader if the PSP can display eBooks and the eReader can play games? One very important thing regarding the eReader is that those who read lot’s of books don’t care much for most other technology (in my own experience). This is where the eReader can shine, a device that has one function (for a change) and does it very well. Unless eInk can be introduced to schools and colleges on a large scale this type of technology will be reserved for a “certain” market. Personally, I have read books on my PDA and it’s annoying, I can’t see why a PSP or an iPhone would be any better!!!! I recently purchased the PRS 505 here in Ireland and I’m really impressed. However, I would really like to see SONY concentrate on providing really good services and accessories for existing products rather than almost instantly replacing them with a newer model. I know SONY long enough to know that by releasing the PRS 700 support for the PRS 505 is already on the slippery slope…….and it hasn’t been released in mainland Europe yet!!!!!!!! This is annoying. Indeed,upgrade technology, but continue meaninful support……………..The whole thing with the NWA (Sonicstage) and NWZ( open platform) Walkmans was a disgrace, devices were completely outdated while still under warranty.

  • Anthony O’Brien

    Part of Sony’s problem here is that they cover EVERY market. Where do you draw the line between a PSP and an eReader if the PSP can display eBooks and the eReader can play games? One very important thing regarding the eReader is that those who read lot’s of books don’t care much for most other technology (in my own experience). This is where the eReader can shine, a device that has one function (for a change) and does it very well. Unless eInk can be introduced to schools and colleges on a large scale this type of technology will be reserved for a “certain” market. Personally, I have read books on my PDA and it’s annoying, I can’t see why a PSP or an iPhone would be any better!!!! I recently purchased the PRS 505 here in Ireland and I’m really impressed. However, I would really like to see SONY concentrate on providing really good services and accessories for existing products rather than almost instantly replacing them with a newer model. I know SONY long enough to know that by releasing the PRS 700 support for the PRS 505 is already on the slippery slope…….and it hasn’t been released in mainland Europe yet!!!!!!!! This is annoying. Indeed,upgrade technology, but continue meaninful support……………..The whole thing with the NWA (Sonicstage) and NWZ( open platform) Walkmans was a disgrace, devices were completely outdated while still under warranty.

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    Apples has done a great job of providing a vibrant environment for developers creating and distributing apps. What a contrast to the telcos who have had pretty capable phones and connectivity for years!

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    Yeahhhh. all Sony has to do is allow the PSP to do a lot more than what it is currently doing, and in this case, be allowed to use ebooks.