Basically, I want an iPad. Really bad. Yes they are cool, but I want it for one reason and one reason alone: reading. More specifically, my real wish is to have digital versions of all my books, commentaries, seminary handouts and course documents, lecture notes, papers I have written, journal articles, Bible Studies, magazines and of course, my full Accordance library, archived, indexed, organized and stored on the Apple iPad.
I believe others would like this as well. If you are like me, you already have Apple devices that play music and videos and get your email. Fine that the iPad does that too. What really interested me in the device was the ability to have one device for all my documents organized and with me all the time. Now that is a ministry tool, especially if Accordance is in the mix.
Is anyone else thinking about doing this? If you are like me, much of your life is digital already: music, podcasts, lectures, video, software. The only thing not accessible to me now are the stacks and stacks of invaluable reading material that I acquired in seminary. I never touch it because it is sitting on shelves, not organized and not searchable (unless I actually get up out of my chair, not likely). I want my paper archive to be digitally organized and harmonized like everything else is.
Below are my thoughts so far for this process, and where I ask anyone to jump in and offer thoughts and suggestions...
1) I have lots of papers to scan. No problem, I found a great scanner that has a paper feed, and does two-sided scanning to pdf, and is portable (the Fujitsu s300M, "M" being for Mac, of course).
2) PDF is the dominant digital reading format, but iBooks is in EPUB. There is a great, free converter tool called Calibre (www.calibre-ebook.com) that can convert pdf to EPUB, making it iBooks friendly. However, there may be formatting differences that make the newly converted EPUB File not work like the pdf did. Should I just leave the pdf's alone and access them through another app or convert them to EPUB?
3) Thankfully Kindle books will be iPad friendly with the Kindle App, which is cool because Amazon has the biggest selection of ebooks around.
Is there any other thoughts on this you guys might want to throw in the ring about this project? I would love any ideas, feedback or discussion on this.
(If you are the Admin, sorry if this post is in the wrong category. I just put it near the other iPad thread. Move it if you need to, thanks!)
Edited by Bodie Quirk, 02 February 2010 - 05:10 PM.