Franzen vs Ebooks

Maybe nobody will care about printed books 50 years from now, but I do. When I read a book, I’m handling a specific object in a specific time and place. The fact that when I take the book off the shelf it still says the same thing – that’s reassuring.

Johnathan Franzen’s frustration with ebooks

I admit, as much as I love Kindle, I found multiple errors in The Handmaid’s Tale. At the same time, classics are reissued in different editions year after year—I wonder what’s lost in those hard copies…


The book as an object, the book as material culture, the book as a construct, the book, the book…

A former colleague sent this to me today, which builds on ideas we are tossing around in our digital humanities working group, pushing the boundaries of the book, the book as object, the book as construct.

I think it goes to show that context is king, what might be appropriate to showcase in a book form might be different from what can be captured digitally. We’re in a paradigm shift and we don’t know what books will be like in fifty years or even five years. Makes me glad to be a librarian right now to guide the process. 

The Revolution Isn’t Just Digital

The digital revolution in libraries is not exactly a secret. Every day we read about some upheaval in the ebook industry, a new development in digitization, or yet another service from Google. And the recent announcement of an ALA-wide initiative on digital content and libraries, while important and necessary, won’t exactly make media headlines.

It is natural enough to focus on digital content, whiz-bang technology, and how libraries should provide innovative services for our communities. Yet there is more going on than meets the digital eye.

via “The Revolution Isn’t Just Digital, American Libraries | iLibrarian

This our water cooler talk at work this week.