How the E-Book Will Change the Way We Read and Write

I knew then that the book's migration to the digital realm would not be a simple matter of trading ink for pixels, but would likely change the way we read, write and sell books in profound ways. It will make it easier for us to buy books, but at the same time make it easier to stop reading them. It will expand the universe of books at our fingertips, and transform the solitary act of reading into something far more social. It will give writers and publishers the chance to sell more obscure books, but it may well end up undermining some of the core attributes that we have associated with book reading for more than 500 years.


I guess people will tend to search for information inside the book they buy, going straight to their point.
Naturally it´s already possible with the help of subject indexes, and some people has this habit. However with the real book it´s like cheating. :P

maybe we won't care so much about which books are the most read, but which passages. if you can find what you want, then why read anything but the dirty parts? the author says Google will track online chatter, but what about the ebook reader itself? who knows better than the reader which parts you lingered over and which you skipped?

non-fiction will gain/lose the most as people will only read the rich, creamy section they need and discard the dry cookie chapters.

authors will go back to being paid by the word.

digital will tell us what people really are and aren't reading. skip two chapters of A Separate Peace and your teacher will know it. read some "throbbing manhood" paragragh over and over and we'll all know.

at some future point, there will be a record of ever word or image that's ever passed your eyeballs. "why did he kill all these people?" "oh, look, here it is: he read too much Mad magazine as a kid."

my guess is that ebooks will just make our attention spans even shorter. in the article, the writer admits that she wanted something and then she got it immediately. what if she had to wait to get to a bookstore? would the interest to read still be there? what about her admission that she left one book to download another? what is her commitment to the original book? I know lots of people read several books at once, but usually from a very finite pile. there's still an obligation that can be fulfilled because the pile is manageable: what happens when the pile is of an infinite size? where is the commitment to finish that original book when it's buried in some directory and out of sight?

One of the better ebook implication articles I've read.

Are we back to this again, that books will disappear because of the e-book? That was said way back when they (e-books) first came out, and the print books are still doing well..


I think that's the point, that print and electronic will split and become independent media. epublishers won't just publish what print publishes. two different markets.

Print could still thrive on its own...

Come down in price to the level of paperbacks or even hardcover books, Emedia will never replace the conventional book format. Though digital devices are more convenient, the same argument was made for other electronic forms of media. Magazines and newspapers, it was claimed would vanish because of radio and then television and both of these were supposed to eliminate books as well because if you could turn on the radio and listen to someone else reading the book out loud, you would not need books any longer. These claims were made for audio books as well, and audio formats do not make up a large portion of the book market. There are some radio reading services, but these are largely a niche market designed for the blind or people with limited vision.

The book is still the least expensive way to store data in a relatively small space. A pocket sized paperback book stores about a half a million characters, is inexpensive and requires no electronic device to access it nor an electrical source either.

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