The book's migration to the digital realm will not be a simple matter of trading ink for pixels, but will likely change the way we read, write and sell books in profound ways. It will make it easier for us to buy books, but at the same time make it easier to stop reading them. It will expand the universe of books at our fingertips, and transform the solitary act of reading into something far more social. It will give writers and publishers the chance to sell more obscure books, but it may well end up undermining some of the core attributes that we have associated with book reading for more than 500 years.
There is great promise and opportunity in the digital-books revolution. The question is: Will we recognize the book itself when that revolution has run its course?
There are great benefits to connectedness, but we haven't wrapped our minds around the costs.
"Poor folk love their cellphones!"
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Got about halfway through the article
Interesting, but kinda reads like an ad placement for the Kindle service.
I want this technology to come about so bad. Kindle's display is fantastic, but if you want to read a free book you got for yourself online, you have to transmit it over the Kindle network, they don't tell you that in this article. And, BTW, will it become like MS's Zune, where if there is no DRM imprimitur the thing wont let you read it after 72 hours.
Of course, if anybody knows of a FREE portable book and document reader, I am DYING to hear of it.
How the E-Book Will Change the Way We Read and Write