Monday, June 6, 2011

E-Books and Some Limits of Digital Materiality

From “5 Reasons Why E-Books Aren’t There Yet” (Wired), five things about e-books that might give you pause about saying good riddance to the printed page”:

  1. An unfinished e-book isn’t a constant reminder to finish reading it.
  2. You can’t keep your books all in one place.
  3. Notes in the margins help you think.
  4. E-books are positioned as disposable, but aren’t priced that way.
  5. E-books can’t be used for interior design.