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Will Kindle's Free Samples Change the Structures of Plots?

Will Kindle's Free Samples Change the Structures of Plots? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Search-engine optimization reshaped the craft of a good headline. Will Amazon's book promotions have a similar effect on novels?
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Why I won’t read e-books

Why I won’t read e-books | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

"I see the logic at work here. Not only that, I recognize it. I recognize myself in it. This article was written by someone who really loves books. Really. Someone who is sad to see them go, but ultimately someone who has been forced to admit that using an e-reader is more convenient than sticking to real books. I do not agree, but when I look at it from this perspective, I realize that I easily could. I know this same phenomenon has happened in other spheres (music, transportation etc.) and I have not even batted an eye. Old cars mean nothing to me. I actually like booking my own flights. I do not mourn the loss of the CD or the vinyl record. Cassette tapes were pretty cool (I am a child of the 80s after all) but no one misses rewinding. But now, for the first time this dynamic is touching something I love and care deeply about, and I am freaking out."

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The future of reading | BTURN

The future of reading | BTURN | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
New reading devices might not change the face of literature, but they will create readers' communities.

 

"Literature is a strange form of art: the art behind all arts, it rests inscribed in every other art discipline, laying the foundations of what we know as the arts today. The literary concepts such as “narrative”, “discourse” and “voice” have been widely deployed in various art practices from theatre and film to music, contemporary art and new media. Literature is the driving force of culture and yet, it seems there is nothing more conservative than putting words on paper. The very form of writing has not changed since its origins, right?"

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Urban Dictionary redefines literature's biggest names

Urban Dictionary redefines literature's biggest names | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Hermione Hoby: Cut the Kerouacing and don't Tolstoy on too long: what slang meanings could your favourite writers lend their names to?
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