Magic. E-publishing is magic.
Until about half an hour ago, I had a “Kindle app” only on my Ipod Touch I-gizmo. For most purposes, reading on the I-gizmo was satisfactory but lately I’ve been buying instructional books and I wanted to make notes. Using the I-gizmo to read books from which I want to take notes is do-able but the screen keeps turning off while I type (and if there is an off-button for the auto-off function, I haven’t found it). If I take notes from the books, I also have to flip back and forth between reading the I-gizmo and typing on the computer. Because of this, I bit the bullet and clicked on the Kindle app for computers. Actually, I only clicked near the Kindle app button to find out more, but whaddya know, I’d downloaded something.
Seeing that I’d already taken that first step in putting a Kindle app on my laptop, I kept on clicking. The app-fairies did their bit and, within a minute, all my e-books were neatly lined up awaiting my merest click.
I know that we all take for granted the stuff that we grow up with, which for my generation would be
- Marilyn Monroe, Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor
- televisions, tape recorders and party-line telephones
- supermarkets, yellow margarine and tv-dinners
- Snoopy, Dagwood and Alfred E. Newman
- Disneyland, Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck
- jet planes, the USSR and bomb shelters
- Elvis, the Beatles and the Monkees
- rock & roll, Dick Clark and teenagers (as a population demographic and not just as people older than 12 and younger than 20)
Just as all the above seemed as natural as air to me and my peers (but maybe not our parents), it seems as if the e-reading devices have been around for a long time. In reality it has only been within the last decade or so that the computer capability explosion has magnificently rocked the amount of stuff — books, music, movies and games — made almost instantly available to customers. The Kindle e-reader was introduced only in 2007.
I don’t know whether Hermione Granger could have conjured up dead-tree books any faster than my installation of the Kindle app, and if that’s not magic, [insert Harry Potter wand-wave] Publarium computatis!, I don’t know what is.