Evolution of books

Chris Armstrong at the excellent blog infoNeoGnostic writes in response to Jason Lanier (the Edge), John Updike and others who find the concept of e-books a threat:

"As I have said before, a couple or so posts ago, in Books and e-Books, I am clear that both formats will survive. And I do not understand the argument that e-books are a threat."

There has been a lot of hot air all over the blogosphere and regular media about the future of the book in the digital age. Chris Armstrong thinks seriously and in a focused way about it:

"Evolution means gradual change, not sudden replacement. It is not survival of the strongest, or failure of the weakest. Evolution is what happens when environmental circumstances change."

I highly recommend his thoughtful posts on the topic.

The evolution of books in a social world part 1 and 2: when readers start writing, and most recently:

What is a book? What is an e-book?

I cannot add my characteristically insightful comments on these posts (;-) ) as domestic duties call, but I very much enjoy, and learn from, infoNeoGnostic’s thoughtfulness on the interface between traditional reading, writing and publishing, and technological developments affecting these areas. It is a pleasure to read his articles, as they are written with an assurance on the technical side, yet with a strong awareness of the importance of books and reading.

Light burden

Thank you so much to everyone who sent or posted kind messages after my misery post of yesterday. I really do mean it — this sense of connection to the people I’ve met through blogging is a wonderful thing which means a lot to me.

Enough of metaphorical burdens for now — moving over to the literal, here is some advice that I read on 43 folders about the art of packing light, very useful for the holiday season now upon us.

First off: "The amount of stuff you think you need is directly related to the size of your luggage. Get a smaller bag and you’ll make do with fewer things." I’ve noticed there is also an age component to this. When I went on a holiday "abroad" for the first time aged 19, I took enough for an army — all my "best clothes" and enough variety for any eventuality. Now I take practically nothing, except books, of course. Cathy is 15 and off to Devon at the weekend (she has an Inset day on Friday), so I hope she reads it.

Polygon 12 June

Polygon puzzle
Using the given letters no more than once, make as many words as possible of three or more letters, always including the central letter. Capitalised words, plurals, conjugated verbs (past tense etc), adverbs ending in LY, comparatives and superlatives are disallowed.
You can make one word using all the letters.
Answers in the comments.
How you rate: 10 words, average; 14, good; 17, very good; 21, excellent.
Source: The Times.