There is a rumor that Amazon will be revealing the Kindle 2 on Monday, and many feel like the iPhone and the Kindle are direct competitors in the same space in regards to the future of ebooks.
Steve Jobs has stated in the past that he didn’t think an ebook reader would ever be successful because “people don’t read anymore”. Citing that in 2006 most people read only one book all year.
Still, that “fact” isn’t stopping Amazon and Sony from trying to bring the ebook into the mainstream with their eink portable devices.
The iPhone, however, is a power and compelling solution that Apple as a company doesn’t seem to have a problem promoting as an ebook reader. A recent iPhone commercial showcased the beautiful “Classics” App that is nothing but a very polished set of ebooks.
So is the iPhone a good ebook reader?
I think so. It really comes down to the software you’re using, but in the case of “Classics” and “Stanza” I believe that the iPhone is a great ebook reader. It makes it very hard to justify the purchase of a Kindle or Sony eReader, when I already have a digital device in my pocket that is perfectly capable of presenting a digital book to me.
I don’t know if the Amazon and Sony products will ever be truly “mainstream” and adopted by millions of people, but I do think its an interesting time in the digital space – and it will be very interesting to see where things go in 2009 and beyond.