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Reading Vs. Writing: iPad style

Reading Vs. Writing: iPad style

Ever since I purchased an iPad a few months ago, a lot of my leisure habits have evolved. I’m watching more TV shows and movies from iTunes (it’s so much easier now), watching more Hulu thanks to Hulu Plus, and I’m also reading much more. There’s the indispensable, but soon to be become paid, New York Times application which gives you the entire paper with the flick of a wrist. There’s the iBooks store, but I actually use the Amazon Kindle application because their store has many more books to select. I recently bought Fred Goodman’s new music industry chronicle, Fortune’s Fool, via the Kindle for iPad. But I also picked up some older nonfiction books, like Cable Cowboy: John Malone and the Rise of the Modern Cable Business and The Hollywood Economist (yes, I’m in a media business mood with my reading habits). The important point is this: these books average 250 to 350 pages in length, and I’m reading them with lightening-quick speed. There’s something about the iPad that lets you get through a book, much faster. These are three books that I’ve read in the last month. My typical average is closer to three books read in a year.

When you’re reading a print book, there’s always the intimidation of those unread pages. For eBooks, those unread pages are invisible, and therefore the pages feel fleeting. The iPad may create more video consumption, and more gaming with applications such as Angry Birds. For me, though, the iPad has also increased my reading frequency. However, as I find myself using the iPad during my free time instead of my MacBook, I’ve noticed another big change (and maybe someone out there has too): I don’t blog nearly as much. The iPad is not a great device for long-form writing, so it becomes a device that you won’t use for excessive emails or long thoughts. So, if I stumble upon something in my browsing or think about something in my free time, I’m usually nowhere near a device like the one I am using right now.

Last week, I traveled to Copenhagen for the CPH:DOX festival and decided it was time to bring both the iPad and the MacBook along. In my previous trips to CPH:DOX, I found the time to blog and post photos from various events. I knew the only way for this to happen, would be with the MacBook, but I wasn’t about to leave my amazing iPad at home. Both of these devices came with me, which made for a heavier carry-on bag and more work at airport security on the flight over. On the plane, and while in Copenhagen, I used the iPad for some emailing and some browsing/reading. Most often, I used my BlackBerry. The MacBook, meanwhile, sat in its case on a hotel chair. By the time I packed my bags for the return to New York, I opted to put the MacBook in my checked suitcase rather than carry it on the ride back. It received zero use on the trip, which may not be the case every time I travel in the future, but it might feel that way.

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