Will the ebook kill the book?

Finished reading yet another semi-Luddite piece against e-books in today’s Guardian. The author says:

“The valedictories for what is now disdainfully called “dead tree publishing” may be similarly premature. The lessons from history are that technological progress is uneven, that consumers are often sceptical of techno-hype, and that new technologies do not supplant old ones in linear fashion. Look at the iPad’s ebook reader: your book purchase is stored on a real-looking wooden bookcase and you take it off the shelf and flip its virtual pages over with your fingers. Why, it’s exactly like … reading a book! So long as the ebook continues to pay it the compliment of mimicry, I suspect that the printed book need not fear for its life just yet.”

I do not know anyone who believes that the e-book will replace its pulp-based counterpart. Here is a hint:

Yes, you can have both.

Comments 2

  1. On a boring winter's evening in your arctic igloo with no power source to recharge your ebook, you can still enjoy a good paperback by the glow of the fire (as long as your ice dome doesn't melt).

    Books are more portable because they don't rely on technology. They are also easy to pass on for others to read.

    And, if necessary, books can help keep the fire going on a cold night.

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