It seems there is a never-ending stream of new communications tools, toys, strategies, channels, methods, advice… ok, ok, I’m beating the point already. Still, I’ve devoted the past year to learning all that I can about as many of them as I can absorb and try out without exploding, and I feel like I’m still falling behind, at least on grey, rainy days like today when I could use another coffee.
The newest hot tip that has me all excited is about Apple’s rumoured tablet (see links just below), dubbed the iPad, that is supposed to serve as both a tablet-style computer that includes wireless connectivity and a ebook-reader in full colour with multi-media possibilities, unlike the black-and-white, text-only Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader, and other ebook-readers that have been launched in the past eighteen months or so.
Here are a couple of good links in mainstream media about the rumours, if you want to read more:
Vancouver Sun: Apple to Launch Tablet in the Spring — http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/tech-biz/Apple+launch+tablet+spring+2010+analyst/2325556/story.html
Business Week: Five Ways Apple’s Tablet May Change the World — http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/dec2009/tc20091229_795528.htm?chan=rss_topStories_ssi_5
Just when I think I’ve caught up and figured “it” out, the world changes and I have to add a new line to my email signature with yet another contact method (again) and I have to plan a new purchase into my budget.
Meanwhile, what will I do with all these paper books I have, taking up space and creating dust but remaining much too near and dear to my heart to part with? And what about the snowfield of envelopes and stamps I bought in bulk at Costco a few years ago and still haven’t used up? And what if I had invested in the Kindle six months ago when the international version finally came to Canada? It’s not just the Kindle, of course, it’s the proprietary-technology e-books that I would have buy to read with it that really form the backbone of the investment. Would I then have to go out and buy another copy of Gerry McGovern’s Killer Web Content, just so I could read it in a) print, b) on a Kindle c) on an iPhone and d) on an iPad? I’m glad I waited, and hung tight with just the paper version.
But now, apparently, I have to decide, “What should I do when the iPad comes out?”
What do you do to keep up? Or do you even try?
Want even more? Here’s a wonderful discussion of the potential — and challenges — facing the book publishing world with the advent of ebooks and other digital media: e-Books: Averting a Digital Horror Story — http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/10_02/b4162050103172.htm