THE DEATH OF PRINT

Published March 27, 2014

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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