As I have mentioned in class, there are only two people who can tell you the future: God and a fool. Well, knowing that I am God, and looking into my crystal ball, the future looks interesting to me. I hope it is also interesting to you. At this stage of the class we are looking in the past, present and future of Books.
Johannes Gutenberg invention of the printing press brought the Bible to the masses and ushered a new era in mass book distribution. From the prized possession of the few the mass, the Bible made its way to the masses. Ink on paper has become and continue to be a reality of books both in hard-back and paper-back.
Enter the 21st Century and the invention of new electronic tablets ushered a new era in book publishing and distribution. From the Kindle to the iPad new platforms are coming to the marketplace faster than anyone of us can keep up with. Your text-book Media Shift chronicles the history of books from its beginnings in 1455 until the present time. Read chapter two in the book and see what you can learn about the evolution of books through the decades.
Then, click here to read this article from The Economist on the future of books and the predictions on how your generation will be reading. Is it going to be ink on paper or pixels on a screen. What do you think? Let me know by entering your comments in the comment section below. Enjoy.
PS: Your test three is going to be on Monday Sept. 13 and will contain 20 questions: 10 from the lectures and blogs, 6 from Chapter Two from the book and 4 current affairs questions from the events of this week. Good luck.