TED Conversations

Leo Genazzano

This conversation is closed. Start a new conversation
or join one »

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?

Topics: book ebook ebooks manu
+3
Share:

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.

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • thumb
    Apr 19 2012: Story-telling is universal to humanity, perhaps 100,000+ years old.
    Books are beloved by many cultures of the world, but they are only
    the mass market delivery vehicle of the last few hundred
    years.
    They will likely be replaced with a new form of technology.
    But we must be careful not to throw out the baby, and find
    a way to properly reward authors and other book-making
    professionals.

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.