My goal for using the iPad is to be more organized, carry one object about the same weight as one of the several magazines I often carry around, and to streamline my reading process. I've been partially successful so far. Along the way, I've experimented with several different publications and reading methods and I'd like to share my experience.
Describing my iPad experiences together with their context, and the background that created that experience for me requires going into significant detail. Too much for a single blog posting, so I'm cutting this survey into chunks:
- Reading on the iPad Part 2: Background -- Read this to understand the other sections. It contains the sub-sections, The effect of reading goals and habits and To app or not to app?
- Reading on the iPad Part 3: My Favorites -- It contains details of my experiences with The Economist and Wired.
- Reading on the iPad Part 4: Extreme disappointment: The Wall Street Journal.
- Reading on the iPad Part 5: outsourcing to qmags works well! -- This part details my experiences with the professional society journals, IEEE Spectrum, IEEE Computer, and CACM
- Reading on the iPad Part 6: Forbes was a disappointment.
- Reading on the iPad Part 7: Fast Company: applying my WSJ reading habits.
- Reading on the iPad Part 8: Boston Business Journal: Generic trounces clever!
Summary ConclusionsReading on the iPad is definitely a work in progress. Different publishers are at different stages of exploration, deployment and refinement of their iPad and other online offerings.I was disappointed by the Association for Computing Machinery, but also by Forbes. I was pleasantly surprised by Wired, and amazed by The Economist. I expected Wired to suffer from being too clever, as trend setters sometimes are, but I found its offering a perfect balance of fancy and prosaic. On the other hand, I felt the iPad app for The Wall Street Journal was way too clever for its own good, and created an actively unpleasant experience.Before presenting my detailed experiences, I want to take a moment and discuss the tradeoff between using a specific app versus using a generic browser.
On to Background!