eBooks on iPhones: Seeing Is BelievingJuly 14, 2007
Paula Wellings (my colleague at WOWIO) has posted a of the iPhone displaying PDF ebooks, with content ranging from straight text to travel guides and graphic novels.
She notes the shortcomings of the iPhone as a reader at this stage, including the lack of proper PDF software with an automated zoom function (like iPhone Safari) and kludgy file management (no direct way to get files into the iPhone).
The good news is, the problems are all just software! The display hardware and the user interface paradigm are already well-adapted to the purpose of reading large document pages (e.g., web pages) in a small form factor. A future (perhaps ) update that beefs up file management and PDF support will change the game in the ebook arena, just as the iPhone is already doing in so many other sectors.
[and, perhaps more importantly, it’s yet another fine excuse to get one for myself someday!]