The iPad has arrived !
I think we were all waiting at work for the iPad to arrive so we could try it as an e-reader. (Okay, truth be told, we wanted to see it for ALL of its various uses.) We first had to download iTunes and and create a library account. Then we were able to set up the iPad itself. I downloaded the OverDrive Mobile App from the Apple App Store without any problems. I then checked out an EPUB book from our Michigan Digital Libraries Consortium (OverDrive) and directly dowloaded it to the iPad through the mobile app. This is the one e-reader that didn’t have to be connected to a desktop computer for file transfer.
The moment of truth arrived – would I like the iPad more than the highly-touted Nook Color? Nope – not even close! The book displayed on the iPad screen was the size of my iPhone screen – very difficult to read with such small print and it wouldn’t scale. I then touched the magnify button at the bottom of the iPad and it enlarged the text to fit the entire screen. This was what I was waiting to see, but alas, the larger text was fuzzy around the edges and not easily read. What a huge disappointment !! I love the iPad for its sleek design, ease of use and great speed, but not for OverDrive books.
To be fair, if you purchase a book from the iStore, the resolution is 100% improved since it was meant to be viewed on this device. I think that OverDrive needs to create a separate app for the iPad rather than have a shared one for the iPod/iPhone/iPad. This might be the solution to resolution.
I only used this product for an hour, so when I have more time to work with it, I can give you a better review. For now, the Nook Color is still leading the pack in my opinion.