Shawn Blanc on Reading on the iPad

I use my iPad a lot like Shawn does. It's primarily a web reading device. Reading that's best couched in apps like Reeder and Instapaper, my two favorite apps. In fact, I wouldn't be too bothered if all the other apps fell off my iPad. Well, ok, maybe that's a stretch, but you get my point. Shawn sums up the iPad reading landscape in his usual way: through meaning packed metaphores.

Apps like Instapaper and Reeder offer more of a “reading environment” (like a library); Wired and The New Yorker are more like an amusement park with words. One isn’t better or worse than the other, but people who like to read a lot certainly don’t spend the majority of their reading time at a noisy amusement park.
He's right, and this is why I haven't gotten into the magazine apps. Wired and its cohorts feel too gimiky to me--too distracting. When it comes to reading I don't want spash and sound. I want words. If you care about reading on your iPad, add Shawn's post to your Instapaper queue. Or read it now, of course! (Via

Rick Stawarz

Minneapolis, MN

I am an Apple Certified Support Professional with over a decade of experience supporting families, schools, and businesses. Tech has always captured my imagination, but it's not my only passion. I'm an ordained Anglican minister;  Aeropress is a daily ritual of mine; I've driven across Mongolia; and I'm the father of three girls. I hope to provide for you a balanced and realistic perspective into the practicality of technology.