The Killer App

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I’ve been waiting for the killer app that will make the difference in ebook reading, and I may have just stumbled onto it. Stanza. Free for the iPhone/iTouch generation. Additionally, Random House is giving away a handful of titles as a promotional thing.

So, free and free. Which means you can be reading Charlie Huston’s Hank Thompson trilogy in about five minutes. I just finished Six Bad Things on the way in this morning, and jonesing for the next one, discovered that I didn’t have to wait until I got home to get it off the shelf. I could be reading it RIGHT NOW. And I will be, as soon as I finish typing.

And this is the argument that I’ve always had about ebooks: until it’s as easy as this to load, the cost of entry is too high. I like carrying books with me because you never know when you’re going to get a moment to read. But I hate having to carry two, because invariably, I will finish one shortly after I leave the house. Now, it’s not an issue. I just need a wi-fi connection and I can grab another book. Or I can load up a dozen before I leave.

Much like the iPod made it so I didn’t have to carry a CD wallet around for my portable CD player, this sort of app will make it so I don’t have to carry extra books around. And, once they get to a point where I can load my own PDFs into it, I can have Many Hall’s The Secret Teaching Of All Ages with me all the time. Bonus!