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Re: [announce] Invented Languages magazine

From:Carsten Becker <carbeck@...>
Date:Thursday, May 29, 2008, 17:10

As some of you may know I'm in training as a publishing
clerk at the moment. However, we have discussed the issue
paper vs. ebook in (vocational) school, and besides the
conclusion that print products have a higher prestige value,
some of our group said that reading on a computer screen
strains the eyes faster than paper. Also, we learnt that
humans enjoy haptics, so many people *want* to have physical
contact with the medium they're reading from. That is,
holding something in their hands. A computer screen or an
ebook reader just doesn't have the same feel as a print
product. However, although I too prefer stuff to be printed
on actual paper, I *am* courious about the development of
electronic publishing means, such as the mentioned
"electronic" paper¹. That's the haptics of paper combined
with the possibility of electronic storage and dynamic
contents after all, so both parties should be satisfied. I
still wonder what newspapers and especially books would look
like then. Would we still have tens to tens of thousands of
books on our shelves, or rather just a dozen of reading
devices connected to our computers via Bluetooth or
something like that? However, when electronic paper should
get established at large scale some decades on from now, I
think the prestige of paper products will rise even more.

Another two cents ...


¹) That doesn't mean publishers will lose their jobs. Both
electronic and static contents need to be published. Only
the means of production and distribution change.

Venena, Lahang 10, 2317 ya 17:23:27 pd
Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 06:52:19 pm