Last week’s announcement that the Kindle will go on sale in Australia is widely expected to increase the visibility of electronic books in Australia. However, Kindle isn’t the only game in town. Which options are Lifehacker readers already using to read electronic books?
Dedicated electronic book readers (of which the Kindle has been arguably the most successful example) have generally had minimal impact in Australia, in part because global publishing deals make it hard to support a decent range of titles. Sony’s Reader is also well regarded, but only available as an import.
However, if you’re willing to put up with a smaller screen, smart phones such as the iPhone or BlackBerry are a possible option. (My first serious commitment to eBook reading was using an HP iPaq). A gaming device such as the PSP is also a choice for comics. Another option is to use a notebook PC or netbook, perhaps in combination with a utility to rotate the screen for easier reading.
While some people outright refuse to consider electronic books, I suspect Lifehacker readers will be at the forefront of adoption. So I’d like to know: if you are into e-books, what’s your preferred platform? Share your e-reading successes and failures in the comments.