The Future of the Book

May 26, 2011

Publish or Perish: The Short Story 28

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I find that when someone asserts that a thing (the story), or an idea (God), is not dead, they usually mean that a nostalgic version of the thing has lapsed and not been replaced by something comparably satisfying.

April 4, 2011

Double Fold, Double Jeopardy 20

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A decade after Nicholson Baker’s provocative book, are American libraries still trashing perfectly collectible books?

March 14, 2011

The Chameleon Machine 8

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Digital readers and paper books have little in common. But both objects have considerable merit, and this is why I think we should combine the two.

December 24, 2010

A Special Note for All You New Kindle (And Other Ereader) Owners 7

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

October 29, 2010

Report from the Future of Reading: The Books in Browsers Conference 8

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It’s only through seizing the social reading moment, so to speak, that the publishers can hope to wrestle some measure of control back from the tech companies that have come to dominate their industry.

October 22, 2010

The Paper-Reader’s Dilemma 19

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You love your books, with their meaning and their warmth, but you’re not some weepy sap.

September 27, 2010

Comparing Apples to BMWs: What Does it Mean to be a “Best Bookstore” Anyway? 8

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Flavorwire’s list of the Top Ten Bookstores in the US was not supposed to piss me off, but that’s exactly what it did. It was supposed to be the sort of article you read and then forget about. Instead, I found myself dwelling on the thing and, well, getting pissed off.

August 23, 2010

Bats in the Bookshelves: The Perils of Literary Social Networking 15

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I decided to look for another book, but each one I settled on was wrong for Goodreads: too fancy, too populist, too hip, too square, too predictable, too self-consciously curve bally. I would have to give up Goodreads or give up reading.

April 7, 2010

Connecting Readers in the Cloud 2

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What if I couldn’t judge a book by a yoga mat? Would I find better matches, or perhaps more accurate ones?

April 5, 2010

Ceasing to Exist: Three Months in the Social Media Detox Ward 59

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J. Alfred Prufrock may have measured out his life with coffee spoons; I had begun to measure mine with status updates.