Today brought some very interesting developments in the world of eBooks. The information also came to me in interesting ways. My wife was sick, so I stayed home from work to take care of the boys. I was using my mobile devices heavily. First, because the iPhone and iPod Touch have Exchange server support, I was able to keep up with a few things at work because of my Touch, which is set up for my company's Exchange server. I have a work issued BlackBerry, but I was carrying my Touch around with me anyway to listen to my podcasts rather than let a bunch build up. I was also using my Samsung Epix heavily today. I'd let a bunch of email pile up lately, so I was bouncing back and forth between the two devices to get through my personal account. I like the larger screen on the iPod Touch, but some of my html mail reads better in FlexMail 4 on the Epix. Also, the Epix's keyboard is slightly easier to use than the touch keypad on the iPod Touch.
- MobiPocket for iPod Touch- I download quite a few free or public domain books that are easily formatted into MobiPocket and then I put them on my Epix. I like the fact that all of my notes and highlights sync between my laptop and my Epix. I'd love to have the same easy transfer on my iPod Touch, which has the larger screen.
- Kindle for Windows Mobile- now this would be cool! I like my iPod Touch, but it would be nice to see a Kindle application for Windows Mobile with the same syncing across platforms offered on the iPhone and Kindle currently. It would be nice if Amazon saw the potential more in the delivery platform. I wish them well in their hardware sales, but Amazon sells books. Let them supply the format and let the customer decide on which platform he or she wants to use. I find the prices of Kindle books to be fairly reasonable. I also like the idea that I could simply drop one platform and pick up another "at the drop of a hat". When I agonized over whether to switch to iPhone or stay with Windows Mobile, the ease with which I can convert electronically formatted documents into MobiPocket format was one of the main reasons I stayed with Windows Mobile. It wasn't the only reason, but it was in my top 5. Also, Stanza wasn't yet out when I last faced the decision. Neither was the 2.2 firmware on the iPhone/Touch.