On a recent flight, I spent some time reading an eBook (Swiss Family Robinson, actually) on my Treo. And about five minutes later, had to demonstrate to every crewmember on the plane that yes, even though it is a phone, I can run the eBook program while the phone is off.
Reading texts on handheld devices is great, though. I regularly keep about 5-10 books I want to read on my Treo, and when I find myself somewhere with nothing better to do, out it comes.
Am I the only one who sees this as a solution in search of a problem? A small paperback book can fit easily in my pocket, and is easier to read than my cell-phone screen. And I don’t see why you’d need more than one at a time with you unless you somehow can read multiple novels during the course of a single day’s worth of subway rides…
(Having reference books available on a cell-phone is another matter, since carrying around a set of encyclopedias is much more difficult than carrying around a paperback novel.)
I sit through endless meetings where it is less conspicuous to red from a phone than a novel. My question is how do i know what phones can display an ebook? Obviously any SmartPhone running windows mobile. But what other phones can do it. what does it take?