Session 1: WHAT IS A BOOK?

Miha Kovac (SI) - End of Private Reading and Birth of Book Singles: New Media Brings New Messages Conference Day 1, May 20, Den Haag, 10.30 – 12.30

The paper will discuss two different aspects of e-books and p-books. First, p-books and e-books will be compared as two different technologies that are supposed to perform a similar task: to distribute book content and allow access to it. It will be shown that e-book sales started to grow when e-books as technology outperformed p-books in a variety of aspects such as storage and speed of delivery of book content. On the other hand, some aspects of p-books such as stability and reliability of the format still remain important for a variety of readers. Therefore it is reasonable to expect that at least for a while, publishers, booksellers and readers will live in two different economic realities. Second, it will be shown that reading practices in e-book environments differ from the ones in p-book environments as private reading seems to be disappearing. Additionally, the relation between the medium and the message will be discussed. It will be shown that with e-books, book content started to appear in formats that didn’t exist in the analog world.

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