Ah, modern technology . . .

I’ve only had my iPad for 20 hours, and I was asleep for 7 of those, and a good portion of the remaining 13 hours I spent downloading apps, transferring my Stanza library, and generally exploring it to see how I want to set it up. So this morning’s really my first chance to see how it works as the everyday tool I’m hoping it can be.

What I’ve noticed so far:

  • Typing in landscape mode is already getting pretty fast, even though it’s easier to type with three or four fingers than with my usual eight or nine. (Having to switch to the number keyboard for the apostrophe is really annoying, though.)
  • It’s really fast, at least compared with my aging Intel MacBook. It only took about half the usual time for me to finish my morning email-web-FB routine. And I’m not tied to my desk or any place in particular while I’m at it–I can take it with me when the dog wants out, for instance.
  • iBooks and Kindle are quite nice ways to read books. Much to my surprise originally, I’ve been a big fan of ebooks on my iPhone, and I wasn’t sure I would like the larger page size on the iPad. But the iPad gives me what I like best of both physical and electronic books (I’ll willingly trade the yummy smell of new books for the lack of paper cuts.)
  • It feels somewhat larger and more substantial here in my lap than the demos at the Apple Store did. I suspect that’s mostly due to the contrast with my iPhone, and that in the Apple Store I was comparing iPads to MacBooks.
  • The oleophobic screen coating really works. The neat little pattern of fingerprints in the shape of the landscape keyboard wipes right off with a soft cleaning cloth.
  • Having to switch to the number keyboard for the apostrophe is really annoying.

The next few days should be interesting as the novelty wears off and I get down to trying some real work on the iPad.

Completely digital (redux)

Back in March I posted about the forthcoming Kindle version of The Unschooling Handbook, which was then announced for November. But today, looking fruitlessly through the Random House website for some indication of why my royalty report (with check!) that was due yesterday hasn’t shown up yet, I discovered that it’s been moved up—The Unschooling Handbook will be available for Kindle readers and apps this coming Wednesday, May 5.

Completely digital

Just found out this morning that The Unschooling Handbook will be published in Kindle format in November 2010. That’s the only one not already available in digital form.

The next few royalty reports should be interesting. As far as I can tell so far (from the admittedly murky indicator of the Amazon sales rankings), the digital versions don’t seem to be affecting the sales of the print versions much. The print versions are selling at about the same rate as the past few years. The digital versions are also selling, but without a royalty report yet, I can’t translate sales rankings into numbers sold.

Of course, since the Kindle versions of my other books were only just published this year, those sales won’t show up until the November report. Drives me nuts that my bank can tell me instantly when my husband picks up milk at the grocery store, but it takes four months after the end of a royalty period for my publisher to tell me how many copies of my books they sold. Ah, well—it’s not like it’ll affect any more than the relative extravagance of this year’s Christmas presents.