Google is my Obi-wan Kenobi

November 2, 2011 § 4 Comments

Let’s face it.  If they’d had Google a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, there wouldn’t have been any need for Obi wan Kenobi.  Not only would Luke have learned who his father was at about age eight from Mon Mothma’s blog, he wouldn’t have needed Obi wan Kenobi to teach him to use the force.  There would have been tutorials on YouTube for that.  You wouldn’t even need Bothan spies because the Death Star plans would’ve been wikileaked.

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A little e-reader evangelism

October 19, 2011 § 10 Comments

I don’t own an e-reader. Yet. I love buying books in bookstores, I love having books on the bookshelves in my house, and I love the smell of the paper, so I held out.  But here’s the thing: the smell of the paper is not my favorite thing about books.  My favorite thing about books is the opportunity they provide to experience the world (or different worlds) through the eyes of someone else and an e-reader can do that just as well as paper and ink.

The world of music changed with the creation of iTunes, Netflix changed movie rentals, and now the world of books is changing too, but change isn’t always a bad thing. Interestingly enough, there are lots of indications that e-readers are actually increasing readership.  « Read the rest of this entry »

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