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Thursday, January 28, 2010

The fact is that Apple users like me are the uncoolest people on earth: we salivate, dribble, coo, sigh, grin and bubble with delight. - Stephen Fry

Start with an Apple IIe, add a Performa 405, a PowerMac, and the lovely G4, Sven, still alive & kicking. Add smatterings of the G1, G2, G4 iPods and the still-amazing-me iPhone. Stir in occasional Apple Store visits that last for hours wandering from gadget to gadget. As the glorious Stephen Fry says in yesterday's blog post, I worship at the Church of Apple. I am a shameless evangelist for their beautiful, life-altering products.

I'm so predictable. Nope, won't get a Kindle, won't even consider it, but Apple's device? Two, please. Watching the iPad video last night, I got chills when I saw the iBooks app. This could be the savior for publishers, a colorful, easily navigable, secure place for people to buy e-books. I love the look of the bookshelf and the potential functionality. The idea of having all my books, magazines, and newspapers on one device - plus my own books, photos, research, etc - without the cumbersome nature of a laptop is thrilling.

(As an aside, I wonder when e-book will become ebook, like email. Or if we'll start using iBook because Apple uses it. These are the things that keep editors awake at night.)

2 comments:

Erik R. said...

From what I can tell, the iTunes Music Store has been a boon for independent music artists that can't get or don't want a recording contract. The fact that need for physical media for music has disappeared is a huge help. I can't help but imagine that the same will happen to books.

Sunflowery said...

I agree with you regarding Kindle! I admit though that I'm not as up to date on the latest i-technology (I at least have an i-pod!) My A loved this post of yours as he's an Apple lover... and I love your blog generally! :)