Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The future of books (cont'd.) ...

... or, to be more precise, The Digital Future of Books. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

In "Print Is Dead: Books in Our Digital Age" – published in hardcover last November, and now available for the Kindle – author Jeff Gomez challenges authors and publishers to think creatively about the new medium: "It's not about the page versus the screen in a technological grudge match. It's about the screen doing a dozen things the page can't do." Digitized words should count for more. "What's going to be transformed isn't just the reading of one book, but the ability to read a passage from practically any book that exists, at any time that you want to, as well as the ability to click on hyperlinks, experience multimedia, and add notes and share passages with others."

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