Monday, July 20, 2009

The Future of the Book ... is Here

a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href=""img style="margin: 0pt 10px 10px 0pt; float: left; cursor: pointer; width: 153px; height: 111px;" src="" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5358880261734764434" border="0" //aspan style="font-style: italic;"/spanblockquotespan style="font-style: italic;"Books in the future will be an experience in cross-media. We need to look to the gaming industry to see a space where people are not constrained by the old forms. Fiction authors will become creators of worlds that readers populate like World of Warcraft./span/blockquoteJoanna Penn of span style="font-style: italic;"The Creative Penn/span blog attends a href=""attends a talk /agiven by Bob Stein, founder and co-director of the a href=""Institute for the Future of the Book/a. She makes a good case for saying that the future that Stein predicts is actually already /br /She lists some of Stein's other thoughts : just ponder the implications :br / blockquote style="font-style: italic;"ulliDon’t confuse an object with its purpose. The physical book is not its content/lili Books are the vehicles that humans use to move ideas around in time and space/lili A book is a place where readers (and sometimes authors) congregate/lili In non-fiction authors become leaders of communities of enquiry/lili Old school authors’ commitment is to engage with subject matter for the benefit of future readers. New school authors engage with readers in the context of subject matter./lili Authors will need to engage with the community around the work they create/lili The anxiety about saving a ‘version’ of the content as a printed book will go away. The content will have more of a timeline, a snapshot approach, developing all the time./lili The author will become more like a professor in a class of students. S/he will lead the conversation and point out what may be relevant but the ideas will be in collaboration with the audience/readers./lili Traditional booksellers may be safe in this lifetime, but “your children should go into another career”/lili Traditional publishing acts as an intermediary between an author and a reader. Their role in the future will be to build and nurture the community that exists around the author and their work/lili E-readers will soon be good enough that they will take off in mainstream. Bob will simultaneously publish his next book in print and ebook formats./lili Print-on-demand is fantastic and will play more of a part as bookstores and publishers go bust/li/ul/blockquotediv class="blogger-post-footer"img width='1' height='1' src=''//div

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