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Mike Matas

Paper - Product Designer, Push Pop Press

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LIVE CHAT with Mike Matas: Monday, May 2nd, 1PM-2:30PM EST *UPDATE: Extended through May 6th*

Mike is online Monday May 2nd, from 1-2:30PM Eastern Standard Time for a live TED Conversation regarding his TED talk and next-generation digital book, Al Gore's "Our Choice".

Join with questions about:

--How Push Pop Press tried to retain what people love about books when translating into a digital form
--The user interface design for the book
--How the app is different than a website
--Mike's views and thoughts on where computer user interfaces are heading.
--Your own questions

ADMIN EDIT: Mike has asked us to keep the thread open until Friday! He (and potentially some of his colleagues at Push Pop Press), will be checking in occasionally to answer more questions throughout the week.

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  • May 2 2011: Hello Mike! Thank you for your program, it's really impressive! And as you may think of traditional books, what do you think about whether they will evolve, and whether there is a niche that you can not replace e-books?
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      May 2 2011: Im sure paper books will be around for a very long time but not as serious way to communicate ideas. Digital books can communicate ideas though text, images, video, audio and interactive graphics but they are also a lot easier to distribute. You don't need to cut down a tree to print the book, you don't need to ship it to a book store, and you don't need to drive to a book store buy the book and you don't need to dispose of it when your done reading it. There is an art to printed books that I don't think will ever go away though. I think printed books will be more about the art of the object rather than the communication of the ideas in object.

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