Sunday, December 19th, 2004

Google and the death of books…


Here’s an article about how Google’s plan to digitize libraries will sound the death knell for books on paper. I don’t know if I buy that; reading a book on a computer, while possible and sometimes necessary, is nothing like sitting down with the ol’ dead tree version. Until you can reproduce the “book” experience, all the prognostication in the world about the imminent demise of books will be as ephemeral as words on a screen.

Warren Frey is a journalist, freelance writer, podcaster, video producer, and all-around media consultant currently based in Vancouver, Canada. His written work has appeared in such publications as Metro Vancouver, the Westender, Mac | Life and the Japan Times.

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