Both of our readings this week talk about the culture of reading and the future of the book. So I have two questions for you as readers, pulling on your own experiences and all of the readings we have done over the semester: First, how have reading and books changed since you were a child, for you specifically? Second, talk a little about what you see in the future for reading, books, or publishing - say 20 years from now. Will we read more or less, will our reading become more interactive? What will happen to traditional publishing? This is a very free-form question, feel free to wildly extrapolate or calmly state facts, as suits your mood!
Books have changed dramatically since my early twenties—as a child there wasn’t much of a change in the format of books. Since my early twenties, the medium of everything has changed, bye-bye CD’s, Hello MP3’s and iPods. Everything has gone digital, I don’t even have cable or satellite, I stream everything over the internet. Ebooks are super popular, the ease of usage means that they are just going to become more popular. Ebooks are already becoming more interactive, especially for children—my niece loved showing me her interactive ebooks.
I think ebooks will just get more interactive, but I don’t know exactly how. My dream, however, is for holonovels—like Star Trek style. I would love to be my favorite character in my favorite book, who wouldn’t want to defeat Voldemort?