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Re: WHAT IS A BOOK???
- To: BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU
- Subject: Re: WHAT IS A BOOK???
- From: Daria <dherlihy@TIAC.NET>
- Date: Fri, 6 Mar 1998 19:37:45 -0500
- Message-Id: <199803062310.PAA20350@SUL-Server-2.Stanford.EDU>
- Sender: "Book_Arts-L: The list for all the book arts!" <BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU>
Dear Art & All:
Sorry, but I am truly NOT skeptical about the coming electronic book. It will
evolve into something we will eventually accept just as the scroll people
got used to turning pages instead of unrolling them.
We'll take our electronic book to the beach and float around on inflatibles
reading . (They wont take a dunking any better than what we now call a REAL
book.) The turning of the pages will be quite like that of a real book and
we will be able to go back and forth at the push of a button. The advantage,
supposedly, will be in having so much information at our fingertips (while out
in our boat or up in the mountains, or sitting in our living room.) No doubt
the internet and all other forms of communication will be connected, too, and
a portable printer, fax and copier ( which has already melded into one).
Look into the crystal ball: Next..........will come a little teeny weenie chip
that we'll insert into a teeny weenie slot behind our ear. The little chip
will contain perhaps the library of congress and we'll be able to access it at
our convenience and interact with it - brain to chip. And all other forms
of communication will be connected. Etc.
This is not skepticism. It's just the way things are goin' and are gonna' be.
And no one loves musty, deteriorating, rag paper book dinosaurs better than I.
(or is it me?)