Linked: Books in the Age of the iPad

Books in the Age of the iPad. Craig Mod writes:

We’re losing the dredge of the publishing world: disposable books. The book printed without consideration of form or sustainability or longevity. The book produced to be consumed once and then tossed. The book you bin when you’re moving and you need to clean out the closet. These are the first books to go. And I say it again, good riddance.

Mod says something rather interesting when he talks about the potential for digital: that fiction would become edgier, riskier, a direct result from a lower barrier-to-entry to publish. And a direct result of this: a rise in the importance of editors. Whole article’s worth a read. (via df)

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  • http://quillsandzebras.wordpress.com anna

    I enjoyed this article — and particularly his point on books becoming almost canvases for artwork again, which has been lost with the throwaway paperbacks.

  • http://secretloft.ca Derek

    That is a good article, lots to absorb, (Well designed too). I think the iPad should be taken seriously. It is going to change things for the publishing industry.

    Also ran across this excellent article on ebooks and standards today as well. Oh such much to learn and do, what an exciting world!

    http://www.alistapart.com/articles/ebookstandards/

    Thanks for your website, it was exactly what I’ve been looking for!