Quote of the Day on the Future of Books

In pondering the future of books in a digital world, The Economist writes ($):

Books are not primarily artefacts, nor necessarily vehicles for ideas. Rather, as Mr Godin puts it, they are “souvenirs of the way we felt” when we read something.

3 Responses to Quote of the Day on the Future of Books

  1. Vince Williams says:

    Are porn videos souvenirs of the ‘way we felt’ when we watched them?

    Mine are.

  2. Mel says:

    You can find a precis of the article on their podcast too (free). It’s my Friday morning routine now – coffee and the economist podcast before setting off for the day.

  3. Andrew says:

    Ben, William Phelps has a great speech on the topic of owning books and how they spark our memories of a specific emotion that we had the last time we read that book. He says marking up your books and favorite passages important because,”in later years, it is like visiting a forest where you once blazed a trail. You have the pleasure of going over the old ground, and recalling both the intellectual scenery and your own earlier self.” A full copy of the speech is available here. link to historyplace.com

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