I found an interesting article online that coincides quite well with recent class topics of discussions that I thought I would share with you all. After reading Ramsay’s “Reading Machines” and “This is Not the End of the Book” by Eco and Carrier, there are many mixed opinions on what the future of the book will be in the next few generations. The article I found is titled “The Future of Books” by Andrew Losowsky and was written in 2011 so it is fairly recent. He discusses his belief that e-readers and tablets will essentially dominate the book world, but will not extinguish the physical book. His explanation for this is for nostalgic and aesthetic reasons; he relates this to the reasons that people still buy vinyl (which was brought up in class today) for the reason of appreciation for the original value it brings:
“[Books] will continue to exist for certain types of literature read by certain groups of people, just as vinyl still exists today. A book is a weighty precious object, but we’ve gotten quite lazy with them over the last 50 years, they’ve become quite low quality. We’ll see more focus on producing beautiful niche objects for those books that continue to be made, using a variety of new printing techniques.” (Lowosky)
People who want the “convenience” of an e-reader will enjoy the benefits that come with them, but something they lack quite significantly is the aesthetic and comforting value of a book. I would like to agree with Lowosky in saying the book will not be distinguished from the world but it will lose points in popularity; there will always be people who appreciate having the book in its utter wholeness, but these people are not the majority anymore.
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If the link doesn’t work for everyone, here is the information to look the article up:
Losowsky, Andrew. “The Future Of Books.” Print 65.2 (2011): 71-74. Academic Search Elite. Web. 27 Mar. 2013.