The Future of the Book

Meet Nelson, Coupland, and Alice — the faces of tomorrow’s book. Watch global design and innovation consultancy IDEO’s vision for the future of the book. What new experiences might be created by linking diverse discussions, what additional value could be created by connected readers to one another, and what innovative ways we might use to tell our favorite stories and build community around books?

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  1. You will take my paper books from my cold dead fingers. I will never buy an e-reader. They kill American jobs. All the software stuff employes a small percentage of the paper book for not much savings. You can keep the e book that you can’t read in the tub, needs charging, does not allow you to loan your book to a friend and is going to require multiple purchases to keep your books. I’ve gone from 8 inch floppies to 5¼ inch to 3½ to CD to DVD to Blu-Ray. From LP to 8-track to cassette, to CD to mp3. I can still read the paper books I bought in college. I’ll keep my paper books.

    • And I’m guessing you think we should eliminate the use of combustion engines and electricity because they eliminate manual jobs too?

      The information available through digitization (including Inter-library loan) sure does impede progress! I sure hate that I can access EVERY book that I’ve ever read since college on one device, anywhere in the world.

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  2. You will pry my paperback book from my cold, dead left hand as I read my iPad with my right; Radio + TV, Fire + Electric, eBook + Paperbook. Two great tastes that taste great together. @joe_Navigator

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