THE DEATH OF PRINT

We received yesterday an anonymous email, asking for questions around the “DEATH OF PRINT”.

Here are our answers.

THIS IS THEDEATHOFPRINT91 SPEAKING. ON THE INTERWEB, I HEARD A LOT OF RUMOURS THAT YOU LIKE TO FOCUS ON THE FUTURE OF THE BOOK. VERY WELL. I HAVE A FEW QUESTIONS FOR YOU..

i’m happy you heard those rumors!

– ARE BOOKS IN ESSENTION ABOUT SPREADING INFORMATION?

no

– DO YOU THINK A BOOK HOOKED INTO THE INTERNET IS MORE VALUABLE THAN A BOOK NOT HOOKED INTO THE INTERNET? WHY/WHY NOT?

not sure what “hooked into the internet” means. sounds like an old William Gibson metaphor.

– WILL BOOKS BECOME GENERATED AUTOMATICALLY FROM DIFFERENT ARTICLES AND BOOKS ON THE WEB, BASED ON ONE QUESTION OF THE READER? WHY/WHY NOT?

this is already happening. because some people believe they can make money from it.

– HOW DO YOU SEE THE NETWORKED BOOK?

written on the experimental etherpad machinery that Eric Schrijver & Stéphanie Vilayphiou (OSP) will present at LGM in Leipzig next week.

– IS THE PAPER BOOK JUST AN ORNAMENT?

no, it’s a practical and resilient reading device and will live along ebooks happily.
at least until ebooks are able to mimic paper texture and run without batteries.

– DO YOU LIKE PRINT TO DIE?

no, but the printing technology still needs to get more open and cheap. print-on-demand should exist everywhere, like small photocopy shops. not just 2 or 3 large providers.

THANKS.
INFORMATION FTW.

thanks for asking :)

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