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 comments on “Quote of the Day on the Future of Books
  • 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.

  • 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. http://www.historyplace.com/speeches/phelps.htm

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