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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 11 2012: Sometimes it is not just about the book itself. When someone is on a train, bus or in a public place they say something about themselves with the book they are reading. It allows others to take a glimpse into that persons live and imagine what kind of person they are. It's a social thing.
    The same interaction can also influence the watchers decision on the next book they read.
    Kindles and others make that kind of interaction impossible and the reader becomes insular.
    Will digital effect sales of books?
    I believe there is a good case for keeping the book.
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      Apr 11 2012: I agree, when you visit someones house for the first time, you can find out a lot about the real person by looking at their bookshelf
    • Apr 11 2012: I agree. Sometimes is also a way to start a conversation, and you can discover new interesting people for this reason:)

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