A friend of mine broke her leg when she stumbled down the subway steps reading Ulysses on her iPhone on Bloomsday. Another friend’s seven year old autistic son has dazzled me with his intimate knowledge of Tom Phillip’s Humument thanks to the iPad app. Look in the business section of The New York Times any day of the week and you’ll find an article about publishing. In turn, ask anyone on the bus for his or her opinion about e-books, the future of the library, or the effect of new media on cultural literacy, and you’re bound to get a strong response. Debates about publishing and the future of the book have never been more commonplace, provocative, complex, or uncertain than there are right now, and there’s never been a more interesting time to engage with the art of the book.
From Part 1 of a series entitled Facsimile Again.