My wife, Ann Pibel, ever the fantastic researcher, found that the Festival of Books panel, "About Reading," which I wrote about earlier this week, was shot by C-SPAN. You can see the sixty-minute discussion at http://www.c-spanarchives.org/library/index.php?main_page=product_video_info&products_id=285490-3&showVid=true
This whole thing about video, and recently hearing about authors complain about the rigors of a book tour, made me come up with an idea and an offer. Any book club that wants to read my book, "The Brightest Moon of the Century," published just last month, may interview me using Video Skype. Heck, our ten-year-old daughter connects with her friends on Video Skype--she'd be able to be my technician to set it up.
Forty-five years ago this week, the 1964 World's Fair in New York had an exhibit that showed video phones of the future. (You can read about it here: http://localtechwire.com/business/local_tech_wire/news/story/1155563/). I was a kid living in Minnesota then, but my cousin had gone to the fair and told me about it, so I always expected this is the way we'd talk in the future. The Jetsons, a cartoon that ran in the sixties, also showed this. Now with Video Skype we have something close to that.
It won't be long--later this year, I bet--that we'll be able to connect our computers to high-definition televisions and call up videos, movies, and television shows in fulliscreen high-def resolution via the Internet. If so, will we need cable TV anymore? If we have that, then certainly people will add cameras just above their televisions so they can video conference from home in high definition without much cost.
We're living in science fiction, folks. I'm intrigued to try Video Skype with book clubs.
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