Sunday, November 9, 2008

Safari Bookbag for iPhone/iPod Touch

Books, books and books... I had been mentioning about apps for using your iPhone/iPod Touch as an e-book reader for the past couple of weekends. And I hope you're not bored yet, because I got another one for you.

If you love to enrich your technology knowledge with reading books like from O'Reiley, then you may have at least once came across with Safari Books Online. And not long ago, Safari Books Online has just released its own free app for iPhone/iPod Touch (requires v2.0 software) called Safari Bookbag; which it'll allows you to download chapters and full book PDFs to those aforementioned Apple devices.

With the Bookbag application, any iPod Touch or iPhone with internet access (Edge, Wi-Fi, 3G) can automatically transfer chapters of books from the Safari library. Once the books are downloaded, the PDFs can be read and accessed at any time, even without an internet connection.

Bookbag users then can sync their Apple devices with the "My Downloads" section of their Safari Books Online accounts, which houses PDF versions of books that have been downloaded. To access titles on the iPhone or iPod Touch, users can select the chapter of the book they want to download by simply tapping on the title of the book.

The technology and design community - a significant portion of our customer base - are often Apple enthusiasts, and already use the iPhone and iPod touch on a daily basis. We created Safari Bookbag to offer another channel for the vast array of materials in our library, allowing people to create their own portable readers without having to purchase an additional device," said Dennis Kilian, vice president at Safari Books Online.

That's an interesting remark there pointed out by the Safari Books Online VP; which I underlined up there. Reminds me of a topic that I wrote long ago about: is an iPhone can really be used as an e-book reader or not? Without going back too far away, I was referring to the first gen iPhone when I was discussing that topic. But how is it now with the iPhone 3G, and for the second gen of iPod Touch? Are they capable to compete with the real e-book readers out there? What do you think?

Sources are from Safari Books Online page, via iPhone Atlas.

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