We’re in the middle of a revolution, and everybody knows it. The maturing of an infrastructure to support electronic books is changing the delivery and exchange of information and entertainment. Again.
Now, I’m not pretending that I know how this will shake out, but inspired by well, the fact that I’ve been directly involved in bringing about the revolution for a couple of years now, and things like last week’s Amazon/MacMillan smackdown, I thought I might start an occasional series here about the changes ebooks are bringing, large and small.
For instance, a couple of weeks ago, I was attending ConFusion, as science fiction convention held annually in southeast Michigan. Good convention. Good programming, good chance to catch up with friends. While hanging out in the hotel lobby, I saw there, Toby Buckell, a friend and fine SF writer. I had recently bought a copy of Toby’s Sly Mongoose in ebook format, and had it with my on my reader. That reader has a touch screen, and a stylus that is very handy for making notes on manuscripts I’ve loaded into it (that’s another post).
But could I use it for…more important things?
So I walked up to Toby and asked if he’d autograph my ebook.
As far as I know, this was a first. And it worked. And quickly went meta as people gathered around to snap photos on their smartphones and tweet about the event.
Conclusion: the ebook future is a silly place, but I like it.