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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 19 2012: Books as the way they are will be replaced for sure, something like Apple's new Book will take place, something interactive because book by nature is slow, I mean its a pack of organized information and by reading it you r trying to get that packages into your mind , but the pace is really slow and certainly very slow for 21 century.

    I think reading would have its place cause its the most abstract way of imagining and imagination practice , I mean if 100 people see a movie they d probably get the same thing more or less but same 100 reading a book , each would make the world of their own.

    But I think books in future would rely more on Pictures and Culture free info delivery packs and less on culturally bounded languages based words.

    the reason by my sight is Globalism and Cosmopolitanism , people of the world are all connected , and image has a universal language , words do not .

    if you show an apple to people from 190 different countries all will have the same idea , granted symbolic use of it might evoke different meaning but say in a normal context , it would seem like apple to all of this Global viewers to say that in words you have to translate it to 170 languages .
    • Apr 19 2012: Hello Amir
      I have understood the general gist of your meaning but there is a slight paradox in your comment. I understand what you said about "if 100 people see a movie they'd probably get the same thing more or less but same 100 reading a book , each would make the world of their own". It is one of the points I like about the book.
      However, you also said books will rely more on pictures. A movie, though, is after all a
      series of pictures. Can you explain this to me? You are going in a new direction in this talk.

      However, I beg you to reply quickly as this conversation ends in 2 days.

      Very grateful
      L.G.

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