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The Physicality of Books

May 8, 2013 · No Comments

…a piece in PublishingPerspectives on the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, and the physicality of Islamic Holy Books. It’s a short article, but speaks to the book as artifact and whether (whither?) this quality can possibly translate to any kind of online platform.  There has been a lot of time and effort in trying to render the online reading experience, once orange or green words in endless streams on black screens, to something more appealing to readers, more book like.  This of course raises the question of whether or not this is a fools errand…that books are tangible, physical, objects, and attempts to render them otherwise render them something other than books, and do we, as readers, want to unhand our books?

Sounds like a summer blogging project!

Categories: Books

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