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Back and Forth, Kindle V. Book

April 21, 2009 · No Comments

…in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal Steven Johnson says all things bibliographical will be possible with a Kindle and coming Kindles (while acknowledging that sustained linear reading might not be likley when reading by a Kindled fire…) and in todays New York Times Noam Cohen describes web content translated to paper. The result is an “opt out:”

In fact, the xkcd story previews the much more likely future of books in which they are prized as               artifacts, not as mechanisms for delivering written material to readers. This is print book as vinyl record — admired for its look and feel, its cover art, and relative permanence — but not so much for convenience.

…of course, one can make the case that ituned music listeners today don’t understanding what listening to an album meant…

Categories: Books · Essay on Bibliography

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