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Today's Read: Instant: The Story of Polaroid

Today's Read: Instant: The Story of Polaroid

In the latter part of the 20th century there was Microsoft, Sony , Apple, and Google, but the 1930's was when Polaroid was born. Author Chris Bonanos decided to capture the story behind this remarkable company in his book Instant: The Story of Polaroid released this October. In a world where digital is the watchword, and there's a kind of sameness to every perfect photo stored on our iPads, iPhones, droids and the like, it's comforting to think of a flawed or accidental photo. It's no wonder Apple's Steve Jobs was largely influenced by Polaroid's founder Edwin Land, a man whose story Bonanos covers extensively in "Instant."

Monica's always stuck to film, and her office hosts a smattering of vintage Polaroid cameras - a reminder of what capturing a moment can be. The book highlights the story behind this vision, and we highly recommend you download it on one of your tablets. Or better yet, pick up the hard copy!