I watched the Jane Austen Book Club last night. It’s a great movie that I highly recommend if you’re a big Austen fan like myself. Beyond making me want to read the book version (since we all know the book is nearly always far better than the film rendition) it reminded me of the fact that it’s been a few years since I last read one of the original Austen novels.
I thought I would test out a new iPhone book reader app my resident Apple expert Terry Chay told me about, Stanza, since he mentioned you could read a lot of the classics for free there. Sure enough, within minutes I had downloaded a free version of Pride and Prejudice to my iPhone and had my nose buried in a book, so to speak.
I can’t emphasize enough how incredibly easy it was, not only to get the book uploaded to the phone, but also how great the interface was for the actual act of reading the book. What a cool concept! No need to buy another version of the book (I’m sure I have one or two copies lying around my apartment somewhere) and I can read it on-the-go, wherever I am, whether that’s a dentist’s office waiting room, when I’m on BART, or just want to curl up on my couch and settle in for some serious reading time.
I’ve taken a few screenshots from my phone so you can see it in action. It was listed as one of the top 11 iPhone apps by TIME Magazine and was rated five out of five stars on iPhone Alley. I’ve also started following them on Twitter.
[Image of "The Jane Austen Book Club" DVD cover courtesy of FlixRay]