In Jacket Copy, Carolyn Kellogg wonders if the mythical Apple tablet, perhaps maybe scheduled to be announced today, is setting itself up for direct competition with Amazon. McGraw-Hill’s CEO raved about the tablet on CNBC yesterday, and while Amazon has been vocal about providing a Kindle platform for major textbook publishers, McGraw-Hill isn’t one of them.
As much fun as a tablet might be for those interested in technology and ebooks, what will be really interesting in publishing is how Apple and Amazon begin to align with publishers. Will their spheres of influence overlap? Will all companies cooperate? Or are we beginning to see two separate camps?
Well—yes, of course. If only because we love high-tech hand-to-hand combat so much, and if it weren’t Tablet vs. Kindle it would be something else giving us someone to root for and someone to boo at, to keep us occupied with our allegiances. It’s sports; it’s politics.
I’m fine with Amazon and Apple duking it out, just so long as there’s still room in the world for the low-fi people who have to make do with, you know… laptops. One good thing about sticking with a technology that’s been around for so long is that the accessories just get better and better. For instance, I give you Twelve South’s BookBook, a MacBook case that looks like, yes, a stately old hardcover:
BookBook looks like a vintage piece of literature, not an expensive laptop. It’s a great disguise and a simple way to reduce the risk of your MacBook getting stolen.
Unless the guy sitting next to you on the train has been watching a lot of Antiques Road Show. Still, as novelty cases go, it’s kind of cool. I do wonder, though, if it comes with that old-book smell. (via Book Patrol.)
For those who aren’t taking the train, there’s always the Steering Wheel Laptop Desk. Or if you’ve tried that one already and are currently between licenses, you could check out the Performance Book Caddy, which attaches to your bicycle handlebars. And if you’re walking? I’m sure there’s an accessory for that too. In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for Apple’s big announcement today.