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The Future of Books

I heart books, and I heart futuristic stuff, so putting them together is a beautiful thing!

While I agree with Cory Doctorow for the most part in his blog about transformation of media, I have to say, as an avid reader, I truly hope the old school form of the book never goes away.  Blog posts come and go. Media readers are just a little too a. expensive and b. Atari 2600 looking for me to spend multiple hundreds of dollars to purchase JUST so I can read a book.

I can check good old fashioned books out of the library, or if I really love them, I can buy one and place it on my bookshelf, and keep it as a reference to use at work, which in turn can give me “psychic compensation that money can’t buy” as I just read this weekend in Bloomberg by Bloomberg, which yes, is a book I checked out of the library, and in good old fashioned hard backed paper form. (Mr. Bloomberg is referring to practicing his profession and doing work he loves.)

As I’ve blogged before, some things just shouldn’t be messed with, and I believe that the product of a good old fashioned, paper book is a really difficult thing to improve, because it is already near perfection*.  

*(I never use the P word, but I’ll drag it out for my defense of the book today.)

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