They're parked in the living room with iThings in front of their faces as soon as their chores and homework are done. Is this brag-worthy or cringe-worthy? I'm not sure anymore.
We need more and more information. We have an insatiable urge for fantasy, and its possibilities. And we want it in a new garb. Books today have turned the casualty, as a result of this. Why did libraries lose charm, when we still have our reading habits intact?
The book encapsulated a deep sense of pleasure, safety, wonder, satisfaction, and above all, love. These early experiences linger with us, and can have enormous emotional resonance.
Barnes & Noble is fighting the good fight, but it looks like it may be going down big time.
With one exception, all of my friends use computers. They also own smartphones. Most have an iPad, an iPod, a GPS, a Kindle or a Nook. They frequently shop on the Internet and use MapQuest. They have a Facebook page and get their news from the Web. Some play Words With Friends. The exception is Larry.
Gay men are regarded as trendsetters, with people looking to us for indicators about where pop culture is heading. If you think I'm off the mark with that statement, take a moment to examine the music, television, art, and fashion landscapes over the past thirty years and then get back to me.
Should publishers step in to save bookstores? The answer, without question, is yes. But it's bigger than that.
I've decided to turn to religion. No, I don't mean I'm going to pray to God so He'll bestow a million dollar idea upon me -- I've decided to invent a religion.
The physical book will always remain in some respect, but more as an aesthetic curiosity, and a fine, curated remnant of a prior age. But reading? Whether by candlelight or halogen, that will be done by Kindles, Nooks and iPads.
The tablet wars are underway over brand new offerings from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Microsoft, Google and Apple.
What better way to make sure we squeeze every refreshing drop out of summer 2k12 than with some cool summertime gadgets? Here is a list of some of our favorites.
Now, once the digital enemy has been let inside the wonderland that is Waterstones, which of the two strong brands will dominate?
From writing through production, I was done in two months. That included having the book professionally edited and copy-edited, getting a cover designed, my own proofreading, and seeing the novella formatted and loaded for Kindle and the Nook.
I'd like to applaud the makers of ereaders for collecting some of the first usable readership data in the history of publishing. If they want to know how quickly I tore through the new Christopher Buckley novel, or that I never finished War and Peace, so be it.
Call me a caveman, but as much as I love getting my news here, I STILL like physical books more than ebooks, iPads, Kindles, Fires and even the prospect of getting a little quick Nook-ie.
When it comes to learning to read well, our country seems to be in a never-ending cycle of conflict and consternation. Enter the fray a new disruption: the transition from print to digital books.
by Daniel Alarcón
by Donna Tartt
by Jennifer DuBois
by Julian Barnes
Published on September 24th, 2013