mcmorgan + kindle   6

Embracing the digital book — Craig Mod
Superb primer on designing text for devices - with links. Read it
publishing2.0  books  ebooks  teaching  techwriting  ipad  Kindle  publishing 
april 2010 by mcmorgan
Kindle and the future of reading : The New Yorker
From ordering to unboxing to reading. I saved the article to Instapaper so I can read it later, in leisure, on my iPhone.

"I squeezed no new joy from these great books, though. The Gluyas Williams drawings were gone from the Benchley, and even the wasp passage in “Do Insects Think?” just wasn’t the same in Kindle gray. I did an experiment. I found the Common Reader reprint edition of “Love Conquers All” and read the very same wasp passage. I laughed: ha-ha. Then I went back to the Kindle 2 and read the wasp passage again. No laugh. Of course, by then I’d read the passage three times, and it wasn’t that funny anymore. But the point is that it wasn’t funny the first time I came to it, when it was enscreened on the Kindle. Monotype Caecilia was grim and Calvinist; it had a way of reducing everything to arbitrary heaps of words."
Kindle  reading  ebooks  books  design  culture  usability  iPhone 
august 2009 by mcmorgan
if:book: will the real iPod for reading stand up now please?
"And the Web is full of belles lettres. Now and then in my wanderings around the Web, I come across something and think 'That's a really important essay'. And I worry about the ability of the Web to take care of it for me: link rot always sets in eventually, Wayback Machine or no. I can't print it all out. So how do I keep such articles? I would welcome a device designed for downloading and archiving essays I think are important, a virtual library device for the belles lettres of today."
reading  Kindle  ereaders  ebooks 
april 2009 by mcmorgan
design and dasein: heidegger against the birkerts argument
"the most tendentious part of Birkerts's argument has little to do with the Kindle or context. It's that he believes humanity would wittingly adopt deficient tools at the expense of effective ones. This fundamental cynicism is, to a point, understandable; much of marketing and advertising, after all, devotes itself to convincing us that what's new is necessarily superior ... But Birkerts underestimates, I think, the functional and aesthetic requisites of an average reader. If Heidegger is right, then the catastrophic, decontextualized info-culture of Birkerts's imagination is patently absurd -- readers won't, in the short- or long-term, shutter our libraries just because some novel, convenient alternative has asserted itself.
books  reading  Kindle  ebooks  design  newliteracy  Birkerts 
april 2009 by mcmorgan
Birkerts - Resisting the Kindle - The Atlantic (March 2, 2009)
I see in the turning of literal pages—pages bound in literal books—a compelling larger value, and perceive in the move away from the book a move away from a certain kind of cultural understanding, one that I’m not confident that we are replacing, never mind improving upon.
books  reading  newmedia  newliteracy  Kindle  Birkerts  ebook 
april 2009 by mcmorgan
extraordinary book sculpture
"Dettmer's sculptures invite us to think about deeply-held taboos around the sanctity of books as objects; a conversation that recurs - especially in the context of e-readers - around discussion of digitized text."
newmedia  newliteracy  books  book_culture  sculpture  ebook  Kindle 
april 2009 by mcmorgan

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