Invasive Species/ Critical Habitat Alert

La Liseuse, by Fragonard, depicts the romance between book and reader.

La Liseuse, by Fragonard, depicts the romance between book and reader.

Will libraries, which have been sanctuary to books (libri) since they evolved on earth, slowly be replaced with  genus “kindle,” bloodless, soulless creatures of invention? Will paper and cloth-bound books themselves be replaced? Some laud the efficiency and convenience of this new species, which is designed to fulfil books’ roles in the intellectual end entertainment ecosystems, while others are skeptical as to whether these markedly uncuddly gizmos can replace the book as a member of the family, and, more ominously,  whether these  “kindles” might in fact reverse  the democratizing effects of the printing press.

Where books used to roam free, the Kindle, a devious invention, threatens to destroy their habitat

While books used to roam free in home libraries, the Kindle threatens to destroy their habitat

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One response to “Invasive Species/ Critical Habitat Alert

  1. Sj

    fair is fair: I am in fact interested in this product as an example of good design, and do not think that books are in any immenent danger of dissapearing. I own an ipod. I watch digital cable. But I do wonder… does the digitalization of media *as an ideal* rather naively presuppose both access to and affordability of the digital medium? If so, is this a direction we are entirely comfortable with?

    and yes, I also just really love books, the smell of them, the joy of opening one to the title page and feeling the physical weight of the story, as yet only potential, in my hand.. and even the coffe-stained rings on beloved pages. Is this a fair trade for a thousand books at the touch of a button? I don’t know.

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