The Future of the Book Is the Stream | Google Lit Trips: Reading About Reading |
Cloud storage is paving the way for books that are sold not by title, but by time.




Well, I'm not so sure this is as good an idea as the article's author makes it out to be. But, of course I don't read many books that aren't potentially worth a second look. When I think about my relationship with my books, paper or digital, I'm always reminded of The Velveteen Rabbit. You know the story about the stuffed rabbit that over the years becomes worn with love? That "love patina" that can't be described because it's curled pages, flowing with marginalia, highlighted and'ed with scribbles and reminders of most moving or thought provoking passages.


Yeah, even my digital books are treasures. I love the ease of color-coding my highlights, writing all the marginalia, having bookmarks so I can jump to favorite passages.


I've even taken to listening to a lot of audiobooks. I miss the ability to highlight and keep marginalia, but they have a couple of advantages paper and digital text don't have that also make them "keepers."


I hate yardwork unless I'm distracted, and listening to an audio book while doing the yardwork is multi-tasking at its best for me. I rarely have time to sit down for a good six-hour read, but I can do six hours of yardwork and get through an entire book. AND, for whatever reason, my tendency to "reread" a favorite book in audio format is several times more frequent than it is with paper or digital text. 


Of course, I'm one of those people who never sold a college text book either. But, I'm a book keeper myself. Because even if I never get around to reading them again, I still like being near my old friends.


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Via nickcarman, Lisa A.F. Barefield