Although I'd picked at some books on the iPhone previously - mostly PDF things and not Kindle formatted - this was the first time since owning my 3G that I'd felt an urgency about reading and thus it was important to get snatches of it done wherever and whenever I could. (I sincerely apologize to all those folks in the middle of a construction stop on Route 1A on Wednesday morning when I became engrossed and failed to see the traffic starting again to get through the single lane....)
And so it was that The Lost Symbol became the first book I'd begun and read entirely on my iPhone. While I picked up the physical book one night, I quickly went back to the electronic one which I was able to take to the kitchen to sustain me (as if it was needed) and one other important room in the house where reading is frequently done.
It was a good read and Freemasonry can, despite some of the pieces in the plot, be pleased. There is, I believe, a large reservoir of goodwill towards the fraternity that many Masons may have never realized. I think with this book topping off things like National Treasure, we're going to find more good men knocking at our doors, anti-Masonic ranting notwithstanding. I've got a review at masonicinfo.com in case you're interested.
But this post is about the iPhone. It was GREAT. In fact, I'm likely going to be doing a LOT of my 'relax-reading' this way in the future. It remembers where you are, you can turn down page corners (REALLY - Visually!), and the book is right there if you want to go back. The Kindle formatting is gorgeous and on this particular book where there are lots of pictures (sorta), it handled them REALLY well - working with the text to build suspense actually.
I give my iPhone a REAL Bravo Zulu (you Navy guys and gals will understand) for this and although you might not want to buy an iPhone just to read a Dan Brown novel, you might want to think about it!
And the pic in this post was taken of my iPhone BY my iPhone camera. Easy to do!