But at the same time, I would miss the feel of having a book in my hand, and getting lost in one hundred page forest of plot and character. I've heard it argued that digitizing books would open avenues to link other text and expand. But if I just want to get lost in the singular world of my one books, what good are links? If anything, that would be distracting.
Don't get me wrong. I think e-books are a great thing. They fill a niche in the market. I have to wonder if Gutenburg would be crying at how his invention has been discarded, or excited at how his original idea: the mass production of information, has been taken to new heights.
Either way, I would like to mention the still thriving counter-culture of Artist Books. I've had some experience in this art. And I would argue that having books that spin, unfold and light up helps regain some of the prestige they lost when they boarded the train to mass production. If you've never seen any artist books, I've included some pictures below of books that I have made and in followup posts. First up is the accordion book: