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23 August 2010

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, It's a Book!

Hardly a day goes by that we don't hear or read of the imminent demise of "the book."  This comes from the interpretation of various tea leaves:
  • people don't read anymore
  • printed bound books kill trees and are too expensive to produce and keep in inventory, not to mention so heavy to carry
  • if a child in a developing country had a e-reader of one sort or another, he could read something he's interested in, not just what happened to be donated
  • passive learning or entertainment is out, interactive learning or entertainment is in -- books are passive
This book actually forces us to think about what is the definition of a book. To me, even a downloaded book is a book, so perhaps the definition of a book is similar to the definition of Art -- you'll know it when you see it, or like poetry -- it depends on your taste.

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