While there are plenty of iPhone line-standers poking at a variety of digital devices to pass the hours, a number of iWaiters are working on their summer reading lists with some books. You remember books, right? Square-ish things made of dead trees with words (often written by dead people) in them?
Steve Jobs doesn’t seem to have much faith in books. He told the NYTimes earlier this year: “It doesn’t matter how good or bad the product is, the fact is that people don’t read anymore,” he said. “Forty percent of the people in the U.S. read one book or less last year. The whole conception is flawed at the top because people don’t read anymore.”
Looking at the lines forming in front of Apple stores everywhere, it seems many of Jobs’s own customers are still bibliophiles. A quick poll of the Monday lunch-hour line at Apple’s flagship San Francisco store yielded a diversity of titles:
“The Pillars of the Earth” – Ken Follet
“You Can’t Win” – Jack Black
“Ulysses” – James Joyce
“The Conquest of Bread” – Peter Kropotkin
“Richistan: A Journey Through the American Wealth Boom and the Lives of the New Rich” – Robert Frank
“Snow Blind” – Robert Sabbag
“Dérive à Partir de Marx et Freud” – J. F. Lyotard
One booking-toting iPhone customer told me: “Books might be dead, but reading isn’t.”
What do you think? What reading material did you bring to the iPhone line?