I just updated the Kindle app on my iPhone to the brand new version 1.1. Though the changes seem slight, I have to say I’m pleased with the addition of landscape mode, and even more so with new options for text and background color. A bright white screen (which was the only option on the original app) can be a little tiring on the eyes, so I’m trying out the new “sepia” background.
Isn’t it a wonderful thing to be in a doctor’s office waiting room, to discover that the only available magazines are Parenting and Toys for Wealthy Doctors, and to remember that you have an iPhone in your purse and can happily read 14 chapters of your current book before the nurse calls your name? That very scenario happened to me a couple of hours ago, making me grateful once again for the new technologies that are transforming the experience of reading. Last I heard, Apple had sold 21 million iPhones, which means that far more people are reading books on iPhones than on Amazon’s dedicated Kindle device.
Currently on my iPhone: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, the story of a racecar driver and the dog who loves him. Narrated by the dog, Enzo, whose highly intelligent voice reminds me a little of Brian on “Family Guy,” this funny but touching story will be available in paperback on June 9 and would make a nice summer book club selection (if your book club members are dog lovers; I’m afraid mine are not). Look for more info in the Book Clubs column in the June issue of BookPage.