The Reader

I’ve spoken pretty extensively about my mother’s day gift of an iPad, but over this past weekend, another revelation came to my mother which she excitedly showed me. But first, a little background.

My mother is an avid reader. She picks up a 300-page book on a Monday and it’s typically done by Tuesday night, if not sooner. This means she goes through a lot of books in a very short period of time, which fills up their home library pretty quickly. It’s one of the reasons that I got her an iPad.

On Sunday, she ran up to me and showed me the latest book she bought in hardcover. She says to me, “Kevin, look at this book. I just bought it, and the other day, I was reading it and I caught myself pushing one of the words to pull up the dictionary. Can you believe that?” Because of that incident and a few others like it, she’s been re-purchasing books on iBook, the Barnes & Noble Reader, and I think the Kindle app as well. Fascinating.

I went out the other day and bought myself a movie on Blu-Ray. On the box was a label: Comes with Blue-Ray version, DVD copy, and a free digital version.I wonder how long it is before books come with a free digital version as well?

Kevin Whipps

Kevin Whipps is a copy editor, writer, photographer and custom car builder based in the Phoenix, Ariz. area. For the past 10 years he's been building his portfolio, mostly in the automotive publishing industry. When he's not wrenching on cars, most of his time is spent discovering new gadgets and toys, and of course, using everything Apple. Whipps is also married, and has a baby boy, Kevin Whipps Jr., coming on February 7, 2010.


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