The Future of the Book? But Is It a Book?[u]

Why the Net Matters. David Eagleman’s work here is really tantalizing. Can’t wait to read it. What I want to know is how much he did of it himself.

Bought it yesterday and started “reading” last night. Now there are a lot of other things I want to know.

Except I got so hooked (stupidly) on spinning the little 3D model of the Roman Coliseum that I didn’t actually do much reading. Honestly, this is going to take some getting used to.

In a story about Vooks, which Mr. Eagleman’s <i>Why the Net Matters</i> sort of resembles in its interactivity, Virginia Heffernan wrote in the New York Times Magazine (Watch Me, Read Me):

Not being interrupted by all the material distractions of an overdesigned book — or by the Web’s gaudy video, graphics, music, clocks, e-mail, ads and news bulletins — that was a joy to me when the Kindle first appeared.

She goes on to say that that is the ideal reading experience for certain kinds of books. But for certain kinds of books, like an instructional book on Pilates, the Vook offers a better experience.

Still not sure what I think about <i>Why the Net Matters</i>, but I’m anxious to keep “reading.”

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About Steve, i.e., him

Stephen Stark is an award-winning novelist and bestselling ghostwriter. His fiction and nonfiction has appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, the Washington Post, and the New York Times, Poets & Writers and in many other journals. He has been a fellow and taught at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and won an NEA Literature Fellowship in fiction. His novel, Second Son, was a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 1992, and a New and Noteworthy Paperback of 1994.

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