Saturday, January 13th, 2007

The iPhone…..and books?


Makes more sense than you’d immediately think. iTunes can handle PDF files, but until now I’ve only seen that feature implemented with a couple of podcasts from music magazines where they include the actual magazine as a file. Reading a magazine on your computer is kind of a “meh” experience, but properly formatted, I can see reading it on your phone (especially with the iPhone’s finger powered zoom functions) as being quite viable. Same goes for books….and it’d be a new revenue stream not only for Apple but for book companies. Plus it’d be a great way for indie authors to publish their own work at virtually no cost. Will it replace books? Of course not. There’s something intangible and solid about a book that can’t be beat by electronic gear. But being able to carry around music, videos, a portable net surfing device AND a reading library in my pocket would be OK by me.

Warren Frey is a journalist, freelance writer, podcaster, video producer, and all-around media consultant currently based in Vancouver, Canada. His written work has appeared in such publications as Metro Vancouver, the Westender, Mac | Life and the Japan Times.

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