Google Glass is Google’s latest awesomely terrifying innovation.
It’s basically a pair of dorky glasses that function as a high-definition video camera wherever you go.
The footage you record can be shared virtually with friends, in real-time.
Friends who you can see in the corner of your screen.
Sorry, they’re glasses. I mean world.
Although when you wear glasses that are a screen, the whole world becomes a screen.
The next logical step is finding a way to make stylish glasses. After that, Google will need to make contacts that can project a screen – which is already happening.
But what’s after that?
I wrote a lot of this in my car, because I have a smartphone, so now I can talk sternly to it and, magically, those incantations are turned into text.
I’ve tried this method to write blog posts before, but it never quite works because swerving through rush hour traffic isn’t the most conducive environment for good writing. If you can call speaking into a phone “writing.”
But this is my experiment, because I recently read a blog post proclaiming that the “days of working on a blog post in drafts for the last week” are now dead.
That’s right. The final draft is dead. So what does that mean?
The other day, I got in an argument with my friend over a recent article about what a few start-ups were doing to nonfiction books.
Well, “argument” is being generous. More like four exhaustive Facebook posts written by two tired people who have the same opinion about things, but disagree to pass the time.
Anyway, my friend’s position was simple: the innovations by the start-ups were bad for literature, bad for readers, and, really… just bad.
My position was that the innovations were good. Because technology is good for books. I think it could usher in a Golden Age of Creativity if everyone stops crying about it.
Here’s what the start-ups were trying to do:
Engrossing vessels of unparalleled knowledge, learning, and experience… or obsolete hunks of text that can’t hope to compete in an era of relentlessly over-stimulated people?
The question struck me when I was reading Christopher McDougall’s Born to Run recently.
I like to run. I like learning things. And I’m not adverse to being taken to far-off, fantastical lands.
But, about halfway through, I was growing increasingly frustrated that I couldn’t actually see the things that McDougall was talking about.
The feeling left me with one pressing question:
It’s a new year. We’re humans, so we love the endless art of speculation.
If you’re a writer, an avid reader, or both, there’s probably one big question on your mind in particular: are print books going to stick around or are eBooks going to replace them?
What’s a bookshelf going to look like in the next few years?
Well, the data is in and the answers may surprise you:
Let’s be fair: it’s not clear if Instagram is actually going to sell user photos anymore.
And if you’re not on the Instagram train, let’s be clearer: Instagram is a mobile-based, photo-sharing service that’s popular because… well… it makes your photos look like they were taken in about 1975.
Recently, the terms of service for Instagram changed to include this hefty line, among others: “…a business or other entity may pay us to display your… photos… in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you.”
Instagram has since decided that so blatantly selling user photos may not be a good idea, but it’s obvious in what direction the social network (now owned by Facebook) is moving:
I think I’m a prophet. At least when it comes to the future of books and eReaders (like the Kindle or Nook).
A prophet that has the impressive power to tell… the present.
As I was swirling around in my office chair, ruminating about eReaders and how they’re probably going to be obsolete in the next few years, BAM.
A study conducted by IHS iSuppli confirms that eReader sales have dropped by 36% this year and are expected to plunge another 27% next year.
When I set out to grade five author Facebook Pages, I wasn’t quite sure what I would find.
Mostly, I expected a vast treasure trove of disappointment. Mostly, I wasn’t disappointed in discovering that disappointment.
Until I took a look at the Facebook Page of E.L. James, author of 50 Shades of Grey.
Now, I’m not really convinced that Facebook is a useful tool for a self-promoting author who hasn’t published anything. After all, you can’t market hype about something no one has ever heard of before.
But once your book does come out, there are ways you can create an interesting, exciting Facebook Page for it.
Let’s take a look at how the 50 Shades of Grey team does it:
When authors talk about promoting their books, the “S” word isn’t far behind.
Everyone knows social media is important for writers in some abstract context, but they’re not sure how it actually works.
That includes me.
I’ve tried investigating it all month, first by interviewing author Holly Robinson about how she uses Twitter. Then, by taking a look at the Facebook Pages of famous authors.
Now, I wanted to talk to someone who runs a magazine to see how Facebook is working as a marketing platform.
Here’s my interview with Shane Collins, the editor-in-chief of The Speculative Edge, a sci-fi magazine that’s just five months old.
Let’s talk about the future of books by stating the obvious: books take a long time to write.
In fact, per hour, I think they’re definitely one of the top most time-consuming forms of art.
Writing a book in a year is considered almost a heroic effort.
Two, three years, well, that’s about normal.
A lot of books are late-bloomers, too, and won’t get finished for years and years.
Authors are willing to put in the sweat, blood, and missed Life Opportunities to write.
When it’s done, we put every sentence to a magnifying glass, carefully scan the pages… then promptly decide we hate it, ALL OF IT.
We write and rewrite, which adds more time to the process.
But is that the way writers should be writing in the 21st century?