Content is Still King—Even with E-book Readers

Say what you want about e-books. Most people I know are still taking a lot of time to adjust to the thought of reading a book that isn’t on paper.

But the Kindle, Nook, and iPad/iPhone are here to stay. Many of the pioneers of ‘geekery’ are pleasantly satisfied with the tech-read experience. I’m among the satisfied readers with more than six e-books I’ve read now from cover-to-cover in various apps and using e-ink displays as well as iDevices.

The trick to a good e-reading experience isn’t so much in the app as it is in the content. As far as reading books are concerned, the content is especially king. No one wants to pay for a lousy book, as so many books in print and digital are.

For example, I spoke with an acquaintance who is in highschool. He explained that he’s been given a reading assignment, and with iBooks he download the e-pub version of this big book for convenience.

Regrettably, the introduction section of the book in his assignment is more than 200 pages long. The book in and of itself is a snooze. This alone killed his enthusiasm for e-readers. Since it is such a chore just to read his book assignment, it’s dulled any desire he had for the iPad’s e-reader wizardry.

On the other hand, I’ve read several popular fictional works, and a few superb non-fictional business related books. Since I got to pick, I chose books that I knew would interest me that came highly recommended. My e-reading experience—especially with iBooks, which works oh-so elegantly on the iPad—has been some of my favorite experiences with tech in my life.

The burden of a good read with any book is found in the content. Don’t put the blame on an app if you don’t have a positive experience.