There’s a new eBook reading app coming to the iPhone from a company called KiwiTech.
However, it’s unclear what it will offer users.
It’s called Quantum Reader and makes these claims:
But what exactly does that mean?
There’s no claim for Adobe ePub DRM, so right away that makes it problematic for most people without certain technical skills.
The first incarnation of this new reading app is as the engine for a new eBook released yesterday, The Blind Side [App Store link]:
I’m not fond of page turn animations such as that. They are an implied insult to someone who is paying attention to what they’re reading.
I guess having a ghetto for non-text material is one way to placate all the people who decry digital books and just want things to be a electronic version of static paper.
Ouch. There’s a lot going on there. It’s like a spiderweb of UI design.
KiwiTech has been selling public domain eBooks at the App Store for some time. Their prominent app is Classique Reader [App Store link]. There are pages of their offerings:
Here’s a peek at an edition of a Sherlock Holmes freebie:
A really bad cover.
Design is a bit overbearing as well as generic.
More page turn animation. However, notice the text. It’s fully-justified with hyphenation. That is missing in the new ePub eBook (go back and look again). I also like the large initial cap and “the woman” being in its proper italics!
Although the website says Quantum Reader is coming soon as an application, I wonder how eBooks will be transfered to the iPhone/iPod Touch? So far many other such apps require going through some sort of bizarre hoops with Wifi syncing or using space on an Internet server for downloading. That’s not something the general public will put up with. It’s not something I’d put up with, either. Complain about having to use a USB cable with a Sony Reader, but at least that method is quick and it’s not difficult to figure out.