Who reads books on their iPhone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by xkmxkmxlmx, Aug 11, 2011.

  1. xkmxkmxlmx macrumors 6502a


    Apr 28, 2011
    I have been considering getting rid of my iPad since my phone does a good amount of what it does. The only thing I am weary about is reading books on my phone.

    I have tried it a couple times and just didn't really get into it as I am just too used to the iPad. I can probably get used to it easily once the iPad is out of sight.

    Does anyone read books on their phone? Do you like it? What are some annoyances? Anything you actually prefer?
  2. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    I read "*hit my dad says" on my iPhone. it wasn't as bad as I thought, but i still like my paperback.
  3. SanjeevRana macrumors 6502a


    Aug 2, 2011
    I mostly read technical PDFs .. kinda like quick reference
  4. Moyank24 macrumors 601


    Aug 31, 2009
    in a New York State of mind
    I read books on my phone more than I actually read them on my iPad. It's just easier because I have it with me everywhere I go. I got used to the size of the script fairly quickly and it's never been an issue.

    Even when I'm at home, I rarely switch to the iPad because I'm just so used to reading books on my phone.
  5. MacBlackBook22 macrumors 6502


    Jul 1, 2007
    I read books on my iPhone with no problems you just flip the pages more often than on the iPad. I do about 50/50 for either iPad or iPhone reading.
  6. Dandrews524 macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2009
    New York
    i recently read stephen king's the long walk on my iphone and it was not bad at all. im looking for a new book to start at the moment but i will definitely continue to read on it
  7. stevenlangley1 macrumors regular


    Jun 9, 2009
    I do occasionally. It works fine when I do, just flipping pages faster.
  8. jplusc macrumors 6502a

    Jul 5, 2010
    I read books on my iPhone. I'm a fan of the kindle app just because I am not restricted to apple devices. I just up the font one size up from the default and I am good to go. I tend to read while I am on the subway so my iPhone is perfect for that.
  9. harmonica01 macrumors 6502

    Jul 30, 2007
    I made the mistake of reading a book (or rather skimming) on my iphone; it was a mistake as it hurt my eyes for hours. Retina screen or not, our eyes arent made to focus on a small screen for extended periods.
  10. whocaresit macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2010
  11. ideal.dreams macrumors 68020


    Jul 19, 2010
    I had to read 3 books over the summer for AP English and I did attempt to read them on my iPhone 4, but the screen was too small and it just wasn't working out. Needless to say I used the actual copies rather than my phone.
  12. iApache macrumors 6502


    Jun 20, 2010
    I take the train to and from uni, so to keep myself occupied on the train I read books on iBooks. At first it was annoying to me, the screen felt too small, but my eyes got adjusted to it. Surely if I had an iPad I wouldn't read on my iphone. In your case you seem use to reading it there, so it would take some time to get adjusted.

  13. alecgold macrumors 65816


    Oct 11, 2007
    Its no problem for me. My iPad still gives quite some light when reading in bed at night, so to avoid annoying my wife, I read a lot on my iPhone. Sometimes for hours on end, it doesn't hurt my eyes. Yes I get tired, but not more than is to be expected.
  14. ayeying macrumors 601


    Dec 5, 2007
    Yay Area, CA
    I read on my iPhone too. Just not as much. I find the iPad to be better. But on the road, I rather carry the iPhone then lugging a large iPad just for reading
  15. Reach9 macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2010
    In America
    I read from the iPhone for quick readings when waiting for a train/bus/airplane. But i'm considering buying a Kindle to be my eReader of choice. The iPad is great, but i don't want to bring it along all the time. I usually use my iPad at home when relaxing.

    Plus, my MacBook Pro with Lion's Full Screen feature is doing great as an eReader, for now.
  16. harmonica01 macrumors 6502

    Jul 30, 2007

    It's happened. Apple has made even their iPad come across as too big *facepalm*
  17. cshearer macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2011
    I think it's nifty. Sometimes I don't have the money to buy a physical book when I really want to read it, so this way I can "obtain" it, and if I like the book I'll buy the physical copy. If I don't, I delete the epub. I don't think I'll ever fully ditch the paperback though, back in my day we didn't have epub or pdf!
  18. RagnarokRed macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2010
    I've read one book on my iphone. It wasn't the most optimal way to read a book, but it wasn't the worst. I made the text as big as possible on the app to keep from eye strain.
  19. tygrubb macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    My iPhone is one of three devices that I read Kindle books on (the other being a laptop and a Kindle).

    Kindle: main reading device
    Laptop: useful when using a book as reference or when eating while reading :)
    iPhone: for quickie reading sessions while on the go
  20. Cooolpenner macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2011
    I don't read books on my iPhone. It's more convinient to read on the iPad. But if I hadn't an iPad, I would think about that...
  21. scottgroovez macrumors regular

    May 20, 2010
    I'm reading A Clash of Kings on my iphone with the text at its smallest size and with white on black background. Can read it no problem. The retina display is a god send.
  22. Hemmo, Aug 12, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2011

    Hemmo macrumors regular

    Aug 22, 2010
    yeah i read books on iphone i have read over 50 books on iphone kindle app and its great (atleast on iphone 4´s great display) now days i only use iphone when im not home becouse i bought kindle 3 a few weeks ago and it works even better.But in my opinion i would use iphone over regular books,its so much easyer and faster to read from phone than dtb.and syncing with kindle 3 and iphone works like charmed so i allways know where i left off when changing devices.

    btw if you are getting eye strain from reading on iphone make sure you have your display on dimmest setting while you can still see the text properly.
  23. vitzr macrumors 68030


    Jul 28, 2011
    I like the versatility of always having the phone with me, so yes I use it to read.

    Because it was a habit before I got the iPad, I use the Kindle when I am at home.

    Then when I upgraded to the latest Kindle, I find it's so much better at books than my iPad 2, I use it constantly.
  24. decafjava macrumors 68030


    Feb 7, 2011
    Yea I do the only problem is the only books I can get here are Project Gutenberg books, not a bad thing but would like more choice.
  25. Hemmo macrumors regular

    Aug 22, 2010

    why is that?

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