the future of books

April 22, 2008 at 5:48 am Leave a comment

The book’s future as we know it is certainly at a crossroads. With the proliferation of portable readers by Sony and Amazon, our ever-increasing appetite for “on-demand” products, and pressure for a more sustainable solution, the digitizing of books has been a natural progression. But what’s at stake in upgrading our most primitive pastime? For designer Kyle Bean, it’s the hard-to-describe tactile qualities.

The Future of Books appeals to a left-brain, right-brain discussion of what we really need: a digital device that isn’t cold and lifeless. Books have a weight, a texture, a smell, and even a sound; these unique qualities evolve over time and affect our experience of each book. But a digital reader is just a shell whose content changes with demand. There’s simply nothing for the other four senses; and isn’t this the real loss in a more ubiquitous digital world?

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