Internet Evolution - ThinkerNet

18 March 2009 in Future of Publishing Short Stories


I was asked to contribute a blogpost to Internet Evolution’s ThinkerNet, a ‘moderated blogosphere of internet experts’ (yikes!), a few weeks ago, and today it has been published.  Please go along and post many interesting comments on ‘My Digital Evolution in Fiction’.


Kate, 19 March 2009, 12:46 PM

Hi Kate

I enjoyed the article and was going to comment, particularly in
response to:

‘But I can imagine a time when books become more like art objects for
people who like books, as opposed to people who like to read - the
idea of being a big reader might not go hand in hand with being a
lover of books, as it still does currently.’

I look forward to doing most of my reading in future on a lovely e-reader (once
they’ve improved) where I can choose the font size, style, colour to
suit my eyesight and the prevailing lighting conditions, etc. I also
think the digital reading future may be liberating for the paper
fabric book, turning book objects into wonderful works of art -
interactive sculptural objects with stories to tell! Most objects will
probably be RFID tagged anyway, so everything will be linked up to the
web in one way or another. All manner of things will be possible.

Convergence will go many ways.


Kate, 19 March 2009, 12:51 PM

I enjoyed it too- especially this bit-

But a book is nothing more than a piece of technology for reading, created by a printing press, moved from warehouse to retailer to reader via a network of transport technology, thus conveying the writer’s words to you in a manner to which you are completely accustomed—a technology you were taught to use on your mother’s knee, most likely.

Books are about lots of different things to lots of different people.
I know people who have books all over their house that they’ve never read but that look good to have on the shelf, those books say something about them.
The fact that they haven’t read them says more.

I love the print on demand stuff too…..
I love that new media tools gives us opportunity to produce from idea to actual physical/virtual object.

As for a book itself, they can smell nice and have nice covers and lovely content, but I have always found holding them very uncomfortable.
They are, after all, just bits of paper with stories/images printed on them
It’s the content, or the ideas behind the content, etc, that makes the book/new media/sculpture

Playing with apps on my ipod on the bus makes me feel sick, though.

Don’t get me wrong, I like the book as a likable thing, but if I had to make a choice, I prefer trees.


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