I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

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Reading on the iPad — Shawn Blanc

Iron­i­cal­ly, the worst read­ing expe­ri­ences are with the apps designed by the “pro­fes­sion­als” that are based on the age-old his­to­ry of read­ing in print: Apple’s own iBooks, and the Condé Nast apps. The best read­ing expe­ri­ences on the iPad are Instapa­per and Reed­er. In part because they are easy to keep up-to-date, but also because their designs have the least amount of frilly bits, and there­fore make read­ing of the actu­al text the eas­i­est.

I would also add the Kin­dle app to the good expe­ri­ences of read­ing on the iPad. Either way Shawn nails it in this piece. The tra­di­tion­al­ly print media folk need to stop try­ing to design the same way for the iPad as they do for the print­ed page. There are dif­fer­ent rules in play here, and as a pre­dom­i­nant­ly print based design­er it baf­fles me how these guys can’t see that.