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Category Archives: Future of the Book

Field of Booksellers

This time in 2006, I had been a book dealer for only two years. I had come to bookselling, not exactly by accident (I had been worked in bookstores off and on for the better part of ten years), but rather as a way to fill some time while I stayed at home with my […]

An Experiment: Cheep Reads

The last couple of days I’ve had some success posting some special deals to my Twitter account (@briancassidy), but in the interest of not annoying those friends and followers who would prefer their tweets without commercial interuptions, I’ve started a new account: @cheepreads. (Tweet+cheap, get it?). So a couple times a day or so I’ll […]

E-book Readers

Today’s Globe and Mail has an even-handed review of the new Sony reader, discovering much to praise, but still finding the technology wanting: Advancements in book technology include binding, glue and typography, an artistic/technical undertaking that computer manufacturers are just beginning to glimpse. Page and type sizes have subtleties most makers of digital counterparts have […]

Another on bites the dust…

O.E.D. sigh.

"Will we have a world in which the only value books have will be those of the rare object, making all libraries in effect rare-book libraries?"

This prescient question comes courtesy of a Chicago Tribune piece, The future of books resides in their past: What is amazing and inspiring about books is just that: their very physicality, the sheer thinginess of them, the fact that you can hold a book in your hands, thump a couple of knuckles on the cover, […]

From the Dept. of Tooting My Own Horn: William S. Burroughs and an Interview

Last month, colleague Ken Lopez and I handled a rare and important archive of original collages and photographs by/from Naked Lunch author William S. Burroughs. Jed Birmingham, who writes the Bibliographic Bunker column for the WSB site RealityStudio, asked if I would answer some questions about the collection and other related topics. The interview has […]

DQ, Never Been, and We Tell Stories

I recently came across two innovative sites which suggest how internet narratives are being influenced by the form of the traditional “book.” DQ Books is a collection of four “books,” each with a different theme. The interface allows you to “flip” through them as one would with a “real” book. Each tells a kind of […]