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How printed books will never perish
The pile of "books I want to read", which stands in my dinning room on the side of a built-in bookcase, darkens a mass of 5,000 pages. It' much simpler to administer if I just download all these files to an iPad or Kindle.
Neither are ambitious to insight content that would not be time in a digit information information, and any are new ambitious and unmanageable. There is something, however, that I cannot give up. It has something to do with having a book in your hands and the visaeral act of physical page turning that can't be compared to pixel on a monitor, at least for me.
Ebooks gradually subsume the printed medium as the medium of choice for reading them. In 2011, e-books exceeded printed revenues for the first timeframe, a tendency that lasted into 2012. Scholastic's recent survey shows that since 2010, the proportion of ebooks among youngsters has almost nearly tripled to almost half of all 9-17 year olds, while the number of those who say they will still be reading printed rather than electronic has fallen from 66% to 58%.
This may sound disappointing for those who preferred to have printed their book in black and white. However, perhaps there is cause to believe that e-books and printed products could have a brilliant joint destiny, because for all the great things that e-books do - comfort, choice, portability, multi-media - there are still some basic features that they just will never have.
A book has to be physically handsome. This does not mean that ebooks cannot be pretty - e-books are still new as a media and the designer still has to fully exploit their full potentials. We are already here for printed matter. Craig Mod emphasizes in his essays "Hacking the Cover" that the bookback developed into a promotional instrument.
That' s why the best artwork was often beauty. This is not the case in the online environment. Although this might ultimately give book creators the opportunity to become more imaginative with their book themes, you can't show a book digitally, even if you wanted to. Every e-book that prides itself on having a nice look does so only ethereal.
Writer Joe Queenan, in a Wall Street Journal testimonial play, argues that e-books are great for individuals who are just concerned about the content, have visions issues or other bodily restrictions or who are embarrassed about what they read. However, for those who really enjoy literature, printing is the only media that will please them.
"Persons who must have the actual copy of a book, not just an electrical one, believe that the items themselves are sacred," he commented. "This posture may be confusing to some when they argue that a book is just an object that takes up place. "Web businessman, graphic artist and writer Jack Cheng, who recently financed the print of his book through Kickstarter, tells me that printed book simply offers the readers a more rugged experiince.
"It' s like e-books, you often only get one dish on the same blank table as all the other meals," he muse. "However, a beautiful hard cover is like a place mat, where the dishes are chosen to match the table. History is still the most important thing you are there for, but the decisions around it - the amount of papers, the way the book is placed, the choice of scriptures - they are adding their own delicate flavours to the narrative experiences.
" The origin of a book. You are defining your favourite textbooks, and it seems that there are no such profound links between them. To me, it is important to use a book as a bodily object because it is a reminder of the past. I get a Métro card from a book I purchased 40 years ago and I am taken back to Rue Saint-Jacques on 12 September 1972, where I wait for someone called Annie LeCombe.
There is a phone call from a boyfriend who passed away too young and I find myself back at Chateau Marmont on a mild September 30. It is not a bit of expertise that translates into it. One of these days in the far away futures, David Eggers' Kindle may be for sale by Bauman Rare Boooks on Madison Avenue, but it is unlikely that ever more than their actual bodily equivalents will ever be printed digitally.
"And I think that printing and printing have a permanent value that is appreciated by man. Madean and his colleagues are trying to re-invent the self-service bookstore franchise concept, which includes the ability to provide and resell e-book-servicing. "There have been longstanding accounts and some have a more profound connection with some of the accounts than most types of electronic content," he said.
You can collect printed textbooks. If you really like a book, an eFacsimile is not an appropriate substitute for having a copy. "There' s a book I'm tied up on my bookshelf. This book is important to me," said Rob Hart, web site manager for Mysterious Press and LitReactor schoolmaster.
"You own an e-book, but you don't..... "Cheng has also felt the attraction of literature as collector's items. "I went out and bought hardcover copies of the book I first saw on my Kindle because I wanted them in a more concrete form," he commented.
"A hard cover on my bookshelf is like a printout from one of my favourite performers on the mural. "He predicted that printing could have a similar fate to it. "physic artefacts are beginning to be more valuable, more like presents. "What we will loose in terms of digitally published material may be the low-cost mass-produced prints on inferior grade papers.
" Random House's Doubleday recently announces in a surprise installment of the publisher's classic series that it will be printing 50 Shades of Grey trilogies in hardback hardcovers, despite the fact that 65 million paperbacks have already been distributed in digital and bulk mail. You know, it'?s nostalgia. PBS website MediaShift recently asked a group of book enthusiasts in Chapel Hill and Durham, N.C. which ones they preferred: printed or ebooks?
The people who prefer printed literature cite things like scent, feeling and importance as their reason. But, if e-books only substitute bulky pocketbacks, as Cheng predicted, will they become works of work? Michael Agresta wrote last year in Slate that printed literature will only live as music.
Nowadays, he writes, a book is no longer a good "container for text. It is likely that the next generations of printed works will compete with the arts that hang next to them on the wall for aesthetics, cost and "aura" - in good times and bad. We would be wise to wager that printing revenues will fall further while e-book revenues will increase further.
The majority of them will have fewer printed copies, and those they own can very well be nice collector's items, like the 50 Shades hardcover covers intended for the exhibition. Ebooks are not just a better form factor that replaces an outdated one; they provide a completely different one. Haberlin is one of the co-authors of Anomaly, an aspiring printed graphics novel, which is complemented by a smart phone application that lets you jump off the page when reading it.
Why did he produce the heavier, bulkier and more costly hard cover output? "It'?s because the book is chilly! I' m a fan of printing, I always will. Loving digitally, always will. "Yes, anomaly is one of those fine, collectable works of work. It also shows why we keep printing here. Anomalies on the iPad differ greatly from the printed one.
It is the same history, but the media influences the way you do it. We may come to a point where we see ebooks and printed literature as similarly diverging media. Baratunde Thurston, writer and comic, convincingly explained in a recent Fast Company article entitled "The Future of Reading" why electronically published literature could be better.
Smarter commenting features, simpler discoveries, interactivity and common readings are just some of the things that have enabled us because, as Thurston put it, we have been able to link our words "and the concepts they represent". Either digitally or in print. While bemoaning our reduced awareness - the outcome of diversions imbedded in the electronic medium - he came to the conclusion that it was all rewarding because of the great possibilities of e-books.
However, the option between e-books and printed textbooks is not a zero-sum gamble. Printed book does not have to go away for e-books to thrive, and e-books do not have to be the only one. "Glossy literature is for those who like printed literature. Haberlin said to me: "Digital is for those who like it.