Recently I read a couple of books on the iPad using iBooks software. Here are a few quick observations on iBooks vs traditional aka “dead trees” books:
- When reading a traditional book, you orient yourself so that light shines on the pages. When reading an iBook, you do just the opposite — avoid light sources, which create distracting reflections on the screen.
- You can highlight passages in both iBooks and traditional books. You can do so in a more uninhibited way with iBooks, since the highlights are non-destructive and editable. In iBooks, you get a handy auto-generated index of all highlighted passages.
- You can carry a virtually infinite number of iBooks around without straining your shoulders or back.
- You can purchase and start reading an iBook within seconds of receiving a recommendation.
- Traditional books don’t need to have their batteries charged.
- Traditional books can be shared or sold when you’re done with them.
- Very unlikely that your kids will wander off with your traditional books and use them to knock down towers of wood and rocks in which pigs live.
Big idea: create a social network around electronic books. For example, online, impromptu book clubs that can form instantly and last a few weeks and then disperse.
While there’s a risk of over-interpreting the results or getting lost in navel-gazing, I found the online personality tests below enlightening.
You might ask, what is to be gained? Think of your personality as the water that surrounds a fish. It pervades and impacts everything you do, yet it’s largely invisible to you. Taking a few minutes to get some perspective on how you approach the world can be instructive.
Does a “save” keyboard shortcut cause this post to be published? Answer: No. I have to click the Save button.
Checking the time sync between the authoring tool and the blog. Nothing to see here.
Testing out a new (for me) authoring tool. Perhaps with a the right tool, I’ll find more inspiration to write here 🙂
Just updated to the latest version of WordPress. Looks like all is working fine.
Suggest integrating the iBooks in-context dictionary feature into safari/iPad.
Challenge: in iBooks a double-tap brings up the dictionary, among other options. In safari a double-tap zooms. Inconsistent.
For minimal changes to how safari works, add dictionary to the menu that surfaces the copy option (press, hold, release).
Reading Steve Gillmor’s piece up on TechCrunch this morning reminded me how much I love his writing. It’s fluid, insightful and irreverent. Thoroughly enjoyable, worthy of a space in a perhaps more reflective venue such as the New Yorker. Say “Shouts & Murmurs” or a full-page feature like James Surowiecki’s Financial Page.
No, not mine, just thought it was cool.