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.