The Future of the Book

May 1, 2012

Are eReaders Really Green? 69

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Our conspicuous (and often unnecessary) tech consumption — eReaders included — contributes to an inflating carbon footprint far beyond anything ever caused by traditional book production.

April 30, 2012

The Bathrobe Era: What the Death of Print Newspapers Means for Writers 22

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We are creating a generation of riff artists, who see their job not as creating wholly new original projects but as commenting upon cultural artifacts that already exist.

April 13, 2012

Confessions of a Reluctant Fetishist: Keep Books Adulterated 8

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I don’t mean to make a fetish out of printed books, and I’m not asking to burn (or delete) ebooks, or their devices. Maybe all I ask is that digital books be designed in ways that give them character, that help them live and survive individually in your mind, rather than being translated into a common, anonymous display that passes through your memory as quickly as you scroll.

March 12, 2012

The Beautiful Afterlife of Dead Books 12

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Fowler’s bookshop, oddly, is one of the least depressing bookshops I know. He had accepted the book’s demise. He may be the only person I know who can openly say, and with a smile on his face, that the book is dead. Dead as a doornail.

January 26, 2012

Frankenstein’s Crowdsourced Monster: hitRECord’s Tiny Book of Tiny Stories 1

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The most remarkable thing about Tiny Stories is the experimental, collaborative process behind its creation and the high quality of work that’s resulted from it. This is not what one would expect from a site where anyone can upload whatever they want and everyone can remix everyone else’s work and use it to make whatever.

December 24, 2011

A Cheat Sheet for All You New Kindle (And Other Ereader) Owners 3

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For all those readers unwrapping shiny new devices, here are some links to get you going.

November 29, 2011

Reasons Not to Self-Publish in 2011-2012: A List 171

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You see, Reader, I still don’t plan on self-publishing my first novel, though I don’t deny the positive aspects of that choice.

November 8, 2011

Do it Yourself: Self-Published Authors Take Matters Into Their Own Hands 29

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Self-publishing won’t replace traditional publishing, but it might supplement and influence it.

August 15, 2011

The E-Reader of Sand: The Kindle and the Inner Conflict Between Consumer and Booklover 60

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It occurred to me that Borges would have been thrilled and horrified in equal measure by the Kindle. In fact, in a weird way, he sort of invented it.

June 21, 2011

Cleaning Out the Virtual Attic: On The Road, the Book App 3

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In April 1951, when Jack Kerouac fed the first pieces of what would become a 120-foot scroll of paper into his Underwood portable to write the first draft of his novel, On the Road, he was, in one sense, blowing up the typewriter to make his own primitive homemade word processor. Sixty years later, Kerouac’s publisher is, in its own quiet way, blowing up the book to make – what, exactly?