Posted 15 December 2010,
Everything is portable, in its own way.
If you have been reading this blog for a while then you already know that at the beginning of the summer I received an e-mail from an alumnus who let me know that he couldn’t view the slideshows or the videos on Sine Charta
while using his iPad. It turned out that he was part of the thirty-two percent of all visitors to Sine Charta
who use some kind of hand-held device such as iPhones, iPads, and Droids. Over the summer Sine Charta
became compatible with iPhones, iPads, and Droid devices manufactured by Motorola.
Making Sine Charta
compatible with some of the more popular hand-held, video-capable devices made me wonder about e-books…especially as Apple had already sold about 2 million iPads within the first two months that it was available and Amazon was continuing to sell thousands of Kindles. Over the summer I worked with the team at OneThread Design
to put together an e-book version of the spring 2010 edition of Trinity Per Saecula
, which I gave to several members of the faculty and a handful of parents and alumni. To keep this simple I gave the test file only to people who had an iPad, iPhone, or a second generation Kindle. What I heard back from those people was both good news and bad news. The bad news was that people told me that whatever they were going to read in the print-edition of the magazine happened the day it arrived. They went to whatever section they wanted ...