Books Have Many Futures

Illustrator Lane Smith's new work, It's a Book

There’s a neat article on the NPR website today:

The premise of Lane Smith’s new work for children, It’s a Book, is simple: Books are under siege.

On the first page a donkey asks a monkey, “What do you have there?” The monkey replies: “It’s a book.”

“How do you scroll down?” the donkey asks. “Do you blog with it?”

Then he asks: “Where’s your mouse? … Can you make characters fight? … Can it text? … Tweet? … Wi-Fi? … Can it do this? TOOT!”

No, the monkey repeatedly replies. “It’s a book.”

Smith’s book, in stores this month, may be an example of a dying breed. A book, published — and meant to be read — on paper.

What’s noteworthy about this article is that it doesn’t have the “we’re all going to die” tone like most.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

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