Why I am excited about the Apple iPad
Normally I’m not the gadget fanboy. But with last week’s announcement for the Apple iPad tablet device, I have to say that I am genuinely excited. And while there are reams of copy, or the digital equivalent, splattered all over the net, pro and con. I can’t add to at mix of splooge and bile, except to state that over time and Microsoft assclowneries I’ve become a gradual convert to the elegance of Apple’s product line, because there’s usually an intuitive rightness to their interfaces, at least as far as I’m concerned.
What gets me excited are the potentials for digital publishing. As an erstwhile (read: out of work) magazine editor, writer and columnist, and as an avocational artist and musician, I have a really strong feeling and near-psychic sense that the iPad will become the new standard for digital transmission and consumption of magazines, books and other media. Which, of course, means that It’ll become incumbent on those of us “content providers” who want to stay in or jump back in the game to become conversant with this new platform, and start thinking about the ways that text, video, sound files and art can be combined to create an enriched browsing experience, he says in his best Baldy McYogapants mediawhore pundit voice (at 6’7″ I probably would look like some goofball goliath in a Coen Brothers movie with a shaved head and in yoga pants, so don’t even go there already).
Yep, I digressed. Um, sorry. The point being that the imagination can run rampant with all the cool ways to combine various forms of media, and for those of us who are either working on or contemplating working on a book (okay, I’ll confess I have several balls in the air in that respect), we need to think not only about what will go into our books, but what can be added to the enriched iPad versions. Especially for my friends who are in the comic book and graphic novel business: This thing is gonna rock, or waltz, or schottische, or break. To hell with those metaphors; this thing is gonna frickin’ shingaling.
I could give you a lot of other reasons, but I won’t. Maybe later. At any rate, I’m, like, so totally stoked I’ve gotta find my sunglasses. —Jackson Griffith