I'm a big fan of ebooks. I've had a Rocket ebook. A Franklin eBookMan. Still got them somewhere. And I've read books on my palm pilot, my clie, my phone and my psion and newton (I think, but I might be imagining the last two.)
Apart from all the usual reasons for liking them I have particular requirements of ebooks. I love to fall asleep reading, I've always loved that thing of reading until your eyes are closing on their own and the book falls from your hand and you fall straight asleep with no time for left worring about tomorrow. Unfortunately my eyesight is now so bad that I have to have contact lenses, glasses aren't powerful enough. Which means that as soon as I get to that state I have to wake up enough to remove my lenses, which is a palaver, and then I'm awake again and I'm staring at the ceiling. Curses.
So ebook back-lighting and the option to make the type HUGE are perfect for me. But things like the Kindle and the Sony Reader aren't because they've got no back lighting. And they're pricey.
And then along comes Stanza for the ipod/iphone. It's lovely. Quick, free and simple and it's easy to download stuff. The type goes big, the lighting works.
But then you discover you can't turn the rotation off. So when you're lying down, the text is oriented the wrong way. It seems I'm not alone in wanting to be able to do this. It's not a big thing, and you can make it work if you're very slow and careful and don't jog the accelerometer, or whatever it is. But it's a shame. And it's another little example of the way the ipod/iphone is such an attention-demanding device. It doesn't orient to you, it orients to itself. Ah well.
Well, it turns out Stanza's even better than I thought. You can stop book rotation from within the Stanza settings. You just can't do it for your ipod overall. Thanks to Tom for that.