I want to use Copia for eReading. I really do. But I can’t.
Copia is really trying to find its place in the eReading space. It’s trying to wedge itself somewhere between the Kindle app and iBooks on the iPad. The idea for Copia is great, and well stated on their site:
Yes. Social meets reading. And I love that idea. Being able to easily see what books my friends are reading would be fantastic (yes, I’ve been trying GoodReads, but I just can’t remember or be bothered half the time to go there…perhaps they can integrate with Kindle or something). Copia is cool because you can leave notes and comments in books for your friends to read when they get to those parts.
They also have a really slick user interface and apps for pretty much every device.
But changing eReaders isn’t the same as changing Twitter clients. Or email clients. Or browsers. You basically have to start buying books in the new reader’s platform. Which means all your books aren’t in the same place. This has already been a big problem for me as I have used both the iBooks and Kindle platforms. I’ve finally landed squarely on the Kindle since I got a new one for Christmas (more on why I wanted a Kindle when I have a bunch of other gadgets in a future blog – but it has something to do with my increasingly bad attention span. Go figure.)
And so I can’t start buying books in yet another eReader. Though I want to. Oh, how I want to.
How about we come up with a standard file system for books the way we have .mp3 for music? Oh, right, because of the dollar bills attached for the very reason I had to write this post, mainly its really hard to switch platforms and devices right now. Companies win, people lose in that scenario.
Anyone out there using Copia?
Oh, and Copia was in full force at CES:
Agreed. Copia is an awesome idea, so I’m happy I just got my first e-reader for Christmas. Just hope I can talk my friends and family into starting with Copia when they get one themselves (most don’t have an e-reading device yet) but all of the really tech-savvy people out there like Jeff are going to be facing this dilemna. Hopefully, the masses are behind (which they are) and e-reading hasn’t even taken off yet and Copia will blow up!