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Can and will books ever be replaced by something other than we know it today?

Can books become completely intangible? Can the "feeling" of a book change with its texture? From clay tablet to papyrus to manuscript to book: will the book morph into something new?

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Closing Statement from Leo Genazzano

This brainstorming session focused on the the question "Can and will books ever be replaced by something other than we know them today?". I was surprised to find a diverse collection of answers, many of them thought provoking, insightful, or just plain cool. Go on, take a glance.

For those who are interested to see some more "brain-picking" answers, I recommend Amir Azizi Sarajy, Don Stewart, Mary M, Stuart Woods 's work.

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  • Apr 8 2012: i think the book is knowledge , entertainment and a way of recording something. whether this be a thought or a fact, story or non-fiction. The book to me can't be replaced it's something which i would consider universal. if you are familiar with 'ghost in a shell' a manga- animated film the next step would be simply plug yourself in and absorb the information, much like the matrix, that presents the gain of this information as a surge or rush removing emotion, nothing to suspense that a real page turner gives. why would you want to simply quickly absorb something when you can cruise and savor something, it's like eating. there is a chance one day technology could take this leap... but i hope it doesn't.

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