Jun 10, 2010 @ 9:00:00 am
Are books the LPs of the future? "Of course, the book has been around a lot longer and is far more deeply entrenched in our vision of culture—both what it is and what we want it to be—than the LP, which turned out to be a disposable format, a means to an end. Yet what the digital revolution in the music industry shows us, I think, is that what people want is music: the format doesn’t matter nearly as much as the product." Do people, then, want nothing outside the text? Actually, long-playing records may be the literal future of books. And just like the passing of LPs signaled the end of the great album cover, the rise of the ebook will surely diminish the importance of book design. In the meantime, book designers shouldn't look to Google for inspiration.
Barbara Kingsolver avenges her loss to Hilary
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