Sign of the times

Kate Kellaway writing in the Observer sums up a growing awareness of e-books is the literary world. Where once the idea of replacing print on paper was the domain of pointy-headed geeks like me, it seems that now the possibility of such a future is being entertained outside of the technology pages:

This may be the last year in which it is possible to be ebook or mbook (of which more later) illiterate. We in the UK are on the verge of extraordinary changes in the way we read, think about narrative and define the book itself.

The piece does suggest that the new devices demand new forms – something I don’t actually agree with, and which I actually think is not what people really want. Readers want to read books. We can (and do) get that “new narrative” and “interactive” experience elsewhere.


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