If you haven’t seen it, Kevin Kelly has a huge article at The New York Times about the digitization of books. I read most of it, skimmed some of it because I really should be getting back to work.
I have a love/hate relationship with the notion of ebooks.
Since the mid-90s, I’ve loved the thought of a ‘hypertext.’ Everything cross-referenced, definitions linked. Heck, you could even link in other material and shoot for a non-linear text. There’s some interesting possibilities there. And how could I not love the concept of having *any* book available to me whenever I want it? And not just available to me, but to anyone. More people reading can’t be a bad thing.
But part of me loves books themselves. Their smell and weight and presence. The absolute easiest way for me to decompress it to go to a library. And an on-line library just ain’t the same. It’s hard to take comfort from file directories. And if the library at Alexandria burned, what happens when technology changes, or worse…goes away. I fear dark ages. And as a writer there things like copyright law and getting paid to worry about.
What to do, what to do…