02.09.10 – Reading materials!!! Magazines, newspapers and Books. Wired, Game Informer, The New York Times Sunday paper, Sci-Fi and Nonfiction Current Events. Finding English reading material when you live abroad can be difficult, not just for me but for the kids too.
Relying on English in Finland isn’t a problem because so many Finns speak the language, often times more fluently than Americans. Finding English magazines, books and newspapers isn’t impossible either but you have to do some legwork. You can find English magazines at the central train station and the Akateeminen Kirjakauppa (The Academic Bookstore) , located just a short walk from the train station,has a fairly large selection of books in English but nowhere near the selection I’m used to (Powell’s Books in Portland is unbeatable!!!).
With the iPad, I’m back to having newspapers and magazines delivered to my doorstep and the selection of iBook and Amazon Kindle eBooks, although somewhat light right now (especially the iBook selection), is way greater than anything I might find at the local bookstore.
On a side note, regarding iPad vs. Kindle, I would go with the iPad because there are so many other things I’m finding I do with the iPad already, I wouldn’t want to be limited to just a reading device. I like the ability to browse the web, play games and have my photos at the ready. I wouldn’t want to have to switch from device to device. IMHO (In My Humble Opinion).
- English rules, iPad grows in online e-book community (independent.co.uk)
- For Owners, iPad Is Now Go-To Reading Device (techcrunch.com)
- Discover iPad App Turns Wikipedia Entries into Magazine Articles [iPad Apps] (gizmodo.com)
- iPad Newspapers: Ripe For Innovation (readwriteweb.com)
- iPad Magazines: The Pros & Cons (nytimes.com)