I’m really not an “audiobookaphile.” I never trusted any text I couldn’t markup with my trusted pastel pens. But here I was on a Saturday morning, sitting in my daughter’s jeep, waiting for her to finish in the nail shop, with nothing to do. It’s our mother-daughter bonding time. When you are 50-something and she is 20-something, you take what you can get.
And there’s a problem. Lately, I keep forgetting my book! And there’s another problem. These days, it’s getting harder and harder to find a newspaper. I look up and down the strip mall. No hope. What’s left? Only my iPhone.
I do remember that my iPhone has iPod, iPod has iTunes, and iTunes has eBooks. What’s the selection? Since I’m supposed to be studying Leah Price’s Anthologies: the Rise of the Novel, I keep thinking of everything in terms of selection, reviewing, editing and “readers.” So couldn’t iTunes and my iPhone be 21 st century forms of 18th century anthologies? Let’s see.
I tap into the service. Good, I’ve got a strong signal – better than my memory. OMG! Jane Austen’s on here! Well, what else? A lot of horror fiction – not my cup of tea. What’s this? An epistolary novel? OMG! Yes. After listening to a “preview” (another “miscellany” of “text” as it were), I select the “buy” button for Shafer and Barrow’s The Guerney Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
Now, I can read an epistolary novel, even if I can’t mark it up, as long as I don’t forget my iPhone. But I really miss my mark up. Price says readers reveal much about themselves and their character as readers in their annotations of text. It’s leaving the body in the text and reading with the body. Deep….That takes me back, or forward, to the iPad. I remember getting an email stating that the iPad would be released next month and that it promises to have an e-reader feature that I think will facilitate annotation.
Still thinking anthology, I wonder what will be the selection of works? How will it be determined? I think the anthology has just spawned a new form. And I don’t think Dr. Price wrote about the iPad as anthology. A future paper? A future book? An ebook?
Now where’s that email about the iPad release? Is there any info about academic discounts????