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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 21 2012: Hello all TEDies!
    Me again. 12 hours to go, and I don't know whether I will have time to say a nice "thank you and goodbye" before the closing words. And I have promised to share my own feelings and thoughts at the end of the conversation. However, I don't think it's fair that I should write my own feelings in the closing line (your ideas are just as smart) so I am writing my own post.
    I think that books will live on. I also think that other "writing mediums" (like the Tablet) will enter our world and share the spotlight. Perhaps they will even steal it for a few months. But the book, our tired faithful friend, will stay with us a little while longer.
    Practically, it is very useful. It is compact. It can have pictures. You can tell the difference between one and the other at a glance.
    This does not mean it will stay with us forever. Nothing human-created stays with us forever. But if so many of us love the book, I don't see a reason it should go. Yet.
    Thank you all very much. Have wonderful lives. לחיים.

    Leo Genazzano
    (By the way, you probably won't care, but this is a pseudonym. Bye!)

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