My friends know I'm a book snob. I love hardcover books. There's nothing like the crack of a virgin spine and the scent of a crisp page with fresh ink on it. A new book feels always feels like a present to me… and it's mine, all mine!
I'm working on my hardcover snobbishness, though! I can't help but feel guilty at all the books that are piling up around my apartment that deserve to be read by others who aren't so willing to cough up the hardcover price. I'll get there, I promise. In a week or so, I'm going to run a contest and give away a box of unread hardcovers… still in their plastic. Stick around!
Anyways… as much as I love the feel of paper, I stopped reading newspapers years ago. I was speaking to John Ketzenberger, a Star Business reporter (pun intended) about it a week or so ago. I stopped buying the newspaper when journalism changed from the product to the filler between the advertisements.
I stopped buying newspapers when newspapers started advertising how many coupons the Sunday edition had instead of how many news stories they'd uncovered. It still saddens me. If it weren't for John's column, I'm not sure I'd ever even read The Indianapolis Star online, either.
There's still one print publication that I can't wait to unwrap and break open, though… and that's Wired Magazine. I stopped subscribing years ago when they shifted to big pictures, small print… but the last couple of years have been incredible. No more artsy fluff – every article is a page turner. There are very few editions that I don't devour from cover to cover. I read back the last year and even noticed I blog about Wired articles once every 2 to 3 months.
This Month's Wired Magazine:
- Inside the GPS Revolution: 10 Applications That Make the Most of Location
- The Wired Presidency: Can Obama Really Reboot the White House?
- The Plot to Kill Google
- DIY DNA: One Father's Attempt to Hack His Daughter's Genetic Code
- The Dark Lord of Broadband Tries to Fix Comcast's Image
Since these articles are now online, I'd really challenge you to read these articles. If your day is filled with reading blog posts and you're one of those folks that wonders why we need journalists anymore, any one of these articles should change your mind. The care and writing put into each of these articles jumps off the page… er… screen.
When I think about how much I pay for a good hardcover book, and how much Wired Magazine costs – I wonder why I don't pay more for my subscription. There's not a single magazine on the market that captures my attention and reports heavily on the technology sector as well as Wired.
I can't wait until next month's Wired!