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Friday, January 23, 2009

Are cyber fans a writer's future?

As I was perusing through my daily visit of my fave blogs, I came across this very interesting article on Rachelle Gardner's page. Very insightful, although be it a little bit scary (as, I'm not usually one for change that involves the staples of my life). I understand that change is ever constant. I'm thankful for my computers and my Blackjack II, my IPod and other things that make life easier. But, in my heart, I wish that there were some things that would stand the test of time. How would this future of publishing feel to you?

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For those of us who love the smell of books, I guess "Yankee Candle" is going to need to come out with a new fragrance... "Dusty Pages" maybe?


Shoe Mood:

Never fear when stilettos are near!


Ghost Girl said...

Yes, I've been reading and blogging about the potential evolution as well. I'm not sure what to think, but things are changing. I don't believe the book, the beautiful physical thing in your hands, is going to be extinct any time soon.

And yes...I'm totally for the the book fragrance—that is probably the only perfume I could ever tolerate!

Rena said...

I can see this happening, though I wouldn't want it for everything. It would be sad for children's books since they will be spending so much time on computers/keyboards as it is over their lifetimes.

Bish Denham said...

Interesting. Towards the end the writer spoke of novels getting longer and being doled out episodically. That's how Dickens' novels were written and printed. This "new" era is bound to change a lot of things. But I can't imagine young children not wantaing a BIG picture book to look at while they sit in mom or dad's lap. As for me, I read in bed at night. A printed book will always be "warmer" and a metal and plastic electronic device.

CJ Raymer said...

Mary Ann, Rena and Bish - I agree. I don't think the electronic age will totally negate our wonderful, beautiful books, to a point. I do however get a little concerned about the experiences that go along with our books. What about places like B&N and Books-A-Million, and places that readers and writers alike love to go and just sit and read, surrounded by the very books they so love? And yes, the little kids curled up in their parents' laps reading a bed-time story... Oh yeah, "Leapster." XOXO

Marcia said...

I negotiate change pretty well. And thinking about what gave rise to the novel in the first place is very interesting. But I do not want to read electronic books. I spend all day at the screen as it is. I don't want to buy another device, and I don't want a piece of technology that can stand between me and a book by going on the fritz. I also don't read just for plot. What of the language? I hear what they're saying about the cost and "so 20th century." But if absolutely everything we do has to be done on a screen -- then I want out before this happens.

Love your pink blog! And the shoe feature is clever.

Kelly said...

Interesting article (and awesome shoes!). I think electronic books will work for some, but not the majority. Picture books I think will stay constant. Who wants their two year old staring at a screen??

Christina Farley said...

I know with you! I love books. Their smells, seeing them lined along the shelves of the bookstore, feeling the crisp pages in my fingers. I hope books, the read deal, stay with us forever.

But then there are days when we get yellow dust alerts when the sand comes over from China and we can't go outside. The air is too dangerous. No running, no movement is best. So maybe our world is truly changing.

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