I bought the Steve Jobs book

And it actually is an interesting read. I had listened to the older biography by Steven S. Young when I started my Audible subscription in 2006 but can’t remember much. The Isaacson book refreshes my memory and gives me a good overview on Jobs’ development as a person.

But that’s not what I want to talk about. I’m reading “Steve Jobs” in its ebook form. Last year, I decided to buy my books only in digital form, if possible; either as ebooks or as audiobooks. And there are many people that find that peculiar. I don’t.

Digital books are so much more comfortable. When I find a reference to an interesting read, it takes me only a few seconds to get it onto my Kindle or my iPhone. Then, I can “read” a book via my earbuds while I’m walking into city centre (which helps greatly with losing weight). And with 4 or more unread books on my Kindle, I get to choose spontaneously if I want to read a sci-fi novel, a book about IT operations processes or something else. Regardless of where I am — at home, on the train, on a plane, in a street cafe in Rome.

“But what about the experience? The haptic feeling of holding a book and turning pages?” I’ll let Marco Arment answer that with a quote from his article “Do you have the paperback or the hardcover?”:

Many people romanticize the experience of reading a printed book, but I just don’t get it. When I start reading, the form of the book quickly disappears. Just as I don’t notice the individual letters in each word, I stop noticing the layout, the font, the paper, the binding, and every other physical artifact because I’m focused on the writing.

It’s the same with me. When I focus on the writing, its delivery vanishes into the background. So, not only do I not judge a book by its cover, but I also don’t care about its medium. It’s the content that matters. Only the content. And once you define a book as what’s between the title and the end page, there’s no need to differentiate the medium any more. As Marco puts it:

Since I don’t think the distinction matters, I rarely need to say “I bought the Steve Jobs book in iBooks,” or “I bought the Steve Jobs book on my Kindle.” I just say, “I bought the Steve Jobs book.”

It’s not important in what form you get your reading material. It’s only important that you read.

Two very different acquisition notices I received today

Dimdim:

Dimdim has been acquired by salesforce.com. Your free Dimdim account will remain active until March 15, 2011. After that date, you will no longer be able to access your free Dimdim account.

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for additional information.

We appreciate your understanding, and we thank you!

Pursuant to the Dimdim Terms of Use (the “Agreement”) governing the use of Dimdim Inc.’s (“Dimdim”) Site and Services (as defined under the Agreement) by you (“You”), Dimdim is hereby exercising its right to terminate Your Dimdim Account and the Agreement in its entirety. Dimdim will continue to provide Services to you until March 15, 2011. Following March 15, 2011, neither You nor Dimdim shall have any further rights or obligations of any kind under the Agreement, including the right to access the Site, or receive or use any Services. Dimdim thanks you for your business, and wishes you success in the future.

Socialite:

Socialite

That notice above makes me glad I never used Dimdim for serious work. The other one makes me reconsider giving Socialite another try.

Having a smooth day

This morning, I woke up. And I mean, for the first time since I went to bed! Which is unusual because over the last weeks, Amalia either woke me up by walking up to my bedside in her sleeping bag in the middle of the night or simply because she has a bit of a cold and occasionally coughs really heavily. At other times, I woke up by myself with thoughts running around my head, not being able to get back to sleep again.

So, this was a really good night for a change. We had to hurry to get her to daycare in time, but if that’s the price of sleeping through, that’s okay.

On the way to the S-office, as always I tapped the button on my headset. Instead of the podcast playlist I expected to hear, the iPhone started a Smooth Jazz channel in TuneIn Radio. What a relaxing way to get the brain running! That’s what I call a smartphone.

I decided to make this whole day a smooth one. Relaxed, swinging, smiling.

What about you? Leave a comment!