Two recent articles on the impact of the information revolution on books and how readers consume them provide some good food for thought. The first is a piece by Robert Darnton that attempts to debunk five “myths” in this regard: “the book is dead”; “we have entered the Information Age”; “all information is available online”; “libraries are obsolete”; and “the future is digital.” All, according to Darnton, are either outright wrong or are at best misleading. I don’t agree with everything Darnton says (in particular, I think he overvalues the role of traditional publishers), but it’s a thought-provoking piece.
The second article discusses ten ways in which eBooks are changing the way we read. I does a good job of highlighting both the advantages and limitations of the digital format.