March 2, 2011

The thing about e-readers is ...

for Worcester Magazine, March 3rd 2011

9 comments:

  1. Awww - So sad :( and the kitty is so sweet and sad.

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  2. I love your illustration, but truthfully I don't think that the e-reader will win over books, maybe I'm just naive.

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  3. I'll take a book over an e-reader any day - it just doesn't feel the same!

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  4. I still prefer the real book over a boring screen. There's nothing like a book with nice crisp pages or even a worn one with tiny little notes written inside and the smell of flowers (since I use my books to press them, yup those $100 college textbooks are great for that!).

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  5. Thanks guys,
    Well I guess it's not that grim - I don't think e-readers will kill books completely! :)

    I think the quality of books will be forced to come up, like coffee table books, photography and art publications will get better! Since you can't read them on a screen, you know?

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  6. the thing about bf's closing is that they are doing a decent business! my understanding is that the landlord wants to turn the building into bullshit apartments and asked them to leave. and mr reid is interested in hanging up his hat anyway, so he was like sure whatever.

    i think the twin ebooks / amazon menace has destroyed the profit margin for big box stores like borders, but left more wiggle room for smaller weirder spots like BF's (which also sells rare old books online). it's naive to say that they haven't been affected, but the rise of the book and the BF closing is somewhat unrelated...

    also, working there was my second job! going to miss it big time!!!!!!

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  7. I'm actually glad to hear that, Jake, and it's true, people still love to stumble upon strange, dusty out-of-prints in places like these.

    I found this super racist old book called "big people of little worlds" written by the Dean of Yale 1899 for children to learn about all the people in the world that aren't white. It's so hilariously offensive, I had to have it. Thanks Ben Franklin!

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  8. Since mike works in print he know the reality of the e-readers, slumping economy, and cheap printing alternatives. People are definitely losing jobs in the digital age. So bittersweet.

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