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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2010 8:08 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

I think if books ever become obsolete, I will have to kill myself.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2010 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

....and we'll all have to chip in for a floral display in the shape of a book to remember you by.
That is a tasteless joke for which I apologise but I couldn't resist it. Sad


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 1:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The feel of the glassy screen of an Ipad can't be compared to the tactile, possibly sensuous, feel of stroking fingers over a glossy page of text or photographs. Real feelings versus virtual ones!


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Personally I would miss the smell of a new book more than the tactile experience. There is of course no reason to suppose we will be stuck with glass screens indefinitely. We may even have true "smart paper" within a few decades. The point is, this tech is still in its infancy. But the economics and potentially lower carbon-footprint of digital distribution suggest to me that the future lies with ebooks.



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Talking of tactile - I have a copy of Virgil's 'Eclogues' with engravings that are so beautifully printed that I can feel their inky outlines under my fingers.   Incidentally I suppose you can get E-books with illustrations?
I wonder will old E-books acquire the patina of old books.  I have dozens of old books with the signatures of previous owners, and some with their annotations. I love reading books that have been read by others 100 years ago and more.  And what about copies signed by their authors?  My copy of 'The Martian Chronicles' referred to above is signed flamboyantly by Ray Bradbury in red felt-pen sprawling all over the fly-leaf.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mikeharvey wrote:
Talking of tactile - I have a copy of Virgil's 'Eclogues' with engravings that are so beautifully printed that I can feel their inky outlines under my fingers.   Incidentally I suppose you can get E-books with illustrations?
I wonder will old E-books acquire the patina of old books.  I have dozens of old books with the signatures of previous owners, and some with their annotations. I love reading books that have been read by others 100 years ago and more.  And what about copies signed by their authors?  My copy of 'The Martian Chronicles' referred to above is signed flamboyantly by Ray Bradbury in red felt-pen sprawling all over the fly-leaf.


Mike I'm green with an envy I could never feel for ownership of any ebook.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lately some people have been giving away their ebooks for free, then selling physical 'souvenir' copies to fans. They have recognised that for many the physical book is a kind of trophy or memento - many readers like to keep books on their shelves after reading, despite never intending to read them again.

Signed copies and first editions is another interesting one - perhaps the ebook will develop its own equivalent in the future - a personal video message from the author, perhaps? Numbered, limited editions?



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ann, that's not tasteless at all - glad someone took my comment in the spirit it was intended!  :0)

I hadn't even thought of the loss of secondhand books - no more 'To Daisy on her 21st, much love from Uncle George, September 1935' etc.  I love all that.  Thinking about who has owned and read the copy before...yum.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I gather Stephen Fry's latest book is being published as an ebook, an iPhone app and a hardback leafy thing.

I've long thought that the electronic hardware is no challenge to physical books, but things are certainly improving. The software, the format fumblings, and digital rights arguments are all serious weaknesses, I reckon, and might be a more serious threat to truly long lifetime of the word.

A book is still rather fine technology - so good its hidden - and I do hope that books will continue to thrive as more than antiques.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mike js wrote:
I gather Stephen Fry's latest book is being published as an ebook, an iPhone app and a hardback leafy thing.

And an audiobook and probably several other formats. I'm going to see him on Friday in the hope of getting my copy signed. Bearing this in mind, I thought it was better to buy one made of paper rather than turning up with an iPad and a thick marker pen.



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