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Armchair theorist, poet, and occasional IT manager, Sascha B. is equipped with a Master's Degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas, and is not afraid to use it. His work has been published by the University Press of America, Edwin Mellen Press, University of Texas Press, and a variety of small journals nationwide. He is also the proprietor and baker for 3141 Pie, of which you should eat many.

The Deal

I stopped blogging in 2013, when life overtook me. My father became ill and died shortly thereafter, and my mother was left with increasing dementia. I became the primary caregiver, and now orchestrate my mother's care and our family estate.

Now, I am coming up for air again.

Looking for the next book to read. All suggestions welcome.

My reading list is over here.

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Nothing Lasts Forever. And Now Even Less.

Nicholas Carr has once again clarified in a concise and precise entry the thoughts that I keep having regarding the new worlds of electronic publishing and the nature of the book. This post should be necessary reading for every single person involved in publishing, in education, or who writes, or reads.

A printed book is a printed book is a printed book. An ebook is not an ebook is not an ebook. The good news is that, if we make smart technological choices, we can alleviate this problem in the future. The bad news is that, if history is a guide, we probably won't make smart choices.

I personally think that for all the innovative opportunity they represent, ebooks are a step backwards for us, rather than forward. They create the illusion of permanence and universality, while actually dismantling the models which provide those characteristics.