The death of the book (Everything seems to be dying these days)
by Eoin Purcell
Curiously I neglected to comment on a post by Jeff Jarvis a few days past on the end of the book as we know it. You really should read it and to do so click here. Just for some flavour here is a clip:
The problems with books are many: They are frozen in time without the means of being updated and corrected. They have no link to related knowledge, debates, and sources. They create, at best, a one-way relationship with a reader. They try to teach readers but don’t teach authors. They tend to be too damned long because they have to be long enough to be books. As David Weinberger taught me, they limit how knowledge can be found because they have to sit on a shelf under one address; there’s only way way to get to it. They are expensive to produce. They depend on scarce shelf space. They depend on blockbuster economics. They can’t afford to serve the real mass of niches. They are subject to gatekeepers’ whims. They aren’t searchable. They aren’t linkable. They have no metadata. They carry no conversation. They are thrown out when there’s no space for them anymore. Print is where words go to die.
I'm not sure if I agree yet, Imay well disagree but the discussion that is being raised sure is interesting and Jeff has shown the way to most of these comments in a new post.