Friday, May 29, 2009

Digital Reading

This quote puts the whole “death of print/rise of digital” conundrum (for books, as well as newspapers and magazines) in some perspective that makes sense to me (i.e., it’s about the content, not the medium).

“I’m not in the business of selling books. I sell writing,” says Welsh. “It doesn’t bother me how they want to read it as long as it’s true to the ideas I had. People criticise e-books for being nothing like the real thing. But they’re not trying to be. E-books are just a different way of getting writing and storytelling. Personally, I like a nice book. I need that private intellectual space that a real book gives me. But I don’t expect everyone to feel the same way.”

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