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Reading: The Digital Future of Books

by Alison on April 24, 2012

This is just a quick note to say that I’m collecting must-read articles about the digital future of books using Pinterest. While I don’t think print books are going away entirely, it is my belief that we’re currently in a great transition to digital. I know people who doubt this, but I think until you have seen some of the very best enhanced ebooks being published today, you can’t fathom what’s coming and how immersive these new digital books will be. Granted, there will always be physical books that you’ll want to own and have on your shelf.

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The articles I collect are a mixture of topics, anything from advice from self-publishing phenomenon Amanda Hocking to a recent article about the bad knockoff ebooks out there for sale. You can find the pin board here! (I also have other pin boards that you’re welcome to follow but they are primarily about recipes and DIY projects for my apartment.)

Additionally, I’m on Instagram and would love to follow you there! My account is @apresley and I use it to post about my day-to-day life in San Francisco.

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Helen April 24, 2012 at 5:28 pm

I read an interesting article last week about digital and print magazines that you may find of interest – http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/apr/15/magazine-print-lovers-printout-stack.

The publishing company I work for has just dissolved one of its print magazines (thankfully not one I am involved with) into a website only, which resulted in a massive outcry, both in the company and in Bristol itself. It’s a strange time for the printed word and it will be interesting to see what becomes of it as tablets et al get more sophisticated.

PS I never knew you loved Star Wars so much! I love those little knitted characters, I may have to get my mother in law onto making those.

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Vicki April 25, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Oh digital books, I’m so conflicted about this issue. I love books, love the look of them on a shelf, love the smell of them when you crack open the pages for the first time, love the fact you can read them on the beach, in the bath or tucked up in bed. I have spent hours of my life in bookshops and libraries and have hundreds of books safely tucked away at home. I read them, reread them and treasure each and every one of them.
So when my parents gave me a Kindle for Christmas this year, my immediate reaction was to give it straight back (ungrateful little wretch that I am!) For the first 3 months of the year it sat in a box, ignored and unloved until I had a weekend away booked and suddenly remembered it. And all of a sudden, I realised just how practical it could be while travelling. I could take the Kindle on holiday with me instead of loading down my case/handbag with enough books to keep me going. And when I came back from holiday I left it out in the living room and found myself surfing Amazon every now and again to see which new books were available to download. Because I live in France, it’s often hard to find English books and when I do find them, they are horrendously overpriced. Now, with the Kindle I can download to my hearts content and always have a new book to read. If I finish my book at the airport, within 2 minutes I can have a new one downloaded and ready to go, and so slowly I am learning to love my Kindle and digital books in general.
As you say, I don’t think (in any case I sincerely hope) that print books will ever disappear entirely, but I do think that digital books will become more and more popular for practical reasons. I’m pretty sure I’ll never love my Kindle as much as I love my well-worn paperbacks I’ve collected over the last 30 years, but I’m willing to be friends which is definitely a step in the right direction.

(Oops, sorry this may be the longest blog comment in the world, I guess I really really love books!)

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Ali Presley April 29, 2012 at 3:06 pm

No apologizing! I LOVE this comment and it’s exactly my same trajectory with ebooks. I was like, Meh when they first hit the market. Then I started reading Kindle books on my iPhone and was blown away by the EASE of it.

In line at the market! On the train! When I only have 5 minutes! I read on the go on my phone and I love it. But I still love to own books. I’ve made peace with the fact that there are books I want to own and books I just want to consume and that works for me.

I think we’ll all slowly move to this–except for a few diehard loyalists in both camps. But most people will probably do a little of both

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