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Have you heard of P-books

P-Book ~ a new name as a sign of the times? Is it portable? most definitely but according to the following article Out of Print, written by Kathy Evans and published in The Age today, it sounds like some snazzy new invention. Instead p-books, the old-fashioned paper variety…” is what the article is referring to in a rather tongue in cheek mode…hmmm….

It is definitely interesting times in the digital environment and the impact on books and publishing is presented in this article. A very local perspective is taken with a focus on Australia. How the landscape unfolds for independent publishers is worth following as at present it is still in the embryonic stage. With the launch of, an independent e-book store formed by a collaboration of Readings and SPUNC and soon to be followed by another Australian independent called ReadCloud, the rise of the independents is something to look forward to in a market that appears to be moving more and more towards segmentation. Or is this ‘the long tail’ we are chasing?

As for the future of the book, I am rather excited! I love all varieties of books, including the p-book. However, I am looking forward to the launch of the interactive book as Mike Matas demonstrated in the following Ted Talk in April this year.

For more on the future of the book, the following links are worth visiting


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Excited about Interactive books

This clip was posted on TED. “TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design.” As stated in About TED of the TED site. Since then it has grown and is a site worth visiting with a mission being ‘Spreading ideas.’

Currently, I am fascinated with how technology and software impact on the way we read. There appears to be a convergence of print, audio, visual and interactivity that is incredibly exciting. Investigating what is out there is not only interesting but challenging to someone who loves physical books. Particularly as a great deal of the innovations appear to be driven by demand. As a librarian in training the implications are significant and worth pondering. I certainly need to embrace the information landscape and its transformations. Right now there is much to be excited about!


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Future of the book

Future of the book photo taken at Sydney Airport 12th June 2011

While stuck at Sydney airport in the liminal space of travel, neither here nor there, we encountered a hyperliminal space when informed successively of further delays. In the end, we spent five hours at the airport waiting to travel. We were shifted to different gates, a bit like herding cattle around the airport with much confusion of which direction to travel/follow. In the end you follow the one ahead and hope you arrive at your destination and of course it always helps to check and recheck the electronic departures noticeboards for your ever-changing information.

It is always interesting to be in this liminal state, it is not something you can control and there is certainly nowhere to go; your only option is to wait and wait and wait…

I couldn’t help but look around and observe how people cope. Beyond this, as most people always pack some form of entertainment, often a book, I was curious about books being read. It was at this point, I observed the lady sitting in the $2 massage lounger with what appeared to be a very old and tatty cotton bound book. The pages were so yellowed, parched and aged. My interest was aroused about what is this old book and as curiosity would have it I moved closer to try and read the title and the closer I moved a new discovery unfolded…

There after what appeared to be a few initial pages was a section cut out within the book and snugly sat an e~reader! I was beside myself with excitement that I launched boldly forth and asked the lady in the massage lounge whether I could take a snap of her e~reader for my blog. She was too kind and obliged and here it is at the top of this post.

We chatted a bit and she explained she loves e~readers for travel as they are light and provide plentiful supply of reading material. Can’t argue with that! I want one too!!

On another note the future of the book is a very interesting point to ponder and the following two links are worth exploring. The first link is The institute for the future of the book and to use the descriptor provided by the site, ‘We’re a small think-and-do tank investigating the evolution of intellectual discourse as it shifts from printed pages to networked screens.‘ 

The next link is if:book Australia and it is the Australian connection to The institute for the future of the book.

… on the same topic of the future of the book, Jennifer Byrne presented a special on this on her First Tuesday Book Club in early May this year.

The following blog electric alphabet is of interest. It is the blog from Kate Eltham who is one of the panelists discussing the future of the book with Jennifer Byrne on the ABC program The First Tuesday Book Club.

The article published in The Age today titled Booksellers outraged over minister’s predictions by Charlotte Harper and Clancy Yeates is of relevance when thinking about the future of the book.

…finally the following clip from youtube provides food for thought.


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