Tag Archives: Book

What was the Whole Earth Catalog?

20 Nov

I still have several editions on my book shelf!

(Hat tip to BoingBoing)

Paper books not dead

29 Dec

Record sales for the Strand Book Store in New York.

Ebook sales have plateaued.  Rough Type suggests six reasons, including:

“1. We may be discovering that e-books are well suited to some types of books (like genre fiction)  but not well suited to other types (like nonfiction and literary fiction) and are well suited to certain reading situations (plane trips) but less well suited to others (lying on the couch at home). The e-book may turn out to be more a complement to the printed book, as audiobooks have long been, rather than an outright substitute.”

“3. The advantages of printed books have been underrated, while the advantages of e-books have been overrated.”

This conforms to my experience. There are somethings, such as newspapers, that I find are generally easier to read on my Kindle, but for more serious works I find that paper books are better. In addition, it is still much easier to take notes and make annotations in a paper book.

 

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