A groundbreaking vision on the future of reading, from an early innovator on Amazon's Kindle team.
- Is digital the death knell for print?
- Or will it reinvigorate the written word?
- What will happen to bookstores, book browsing, libraries, even autographs?
- Will they die out—or evolve into something new?
In Burning the Page, digital pioneer Jason Merkoski charts the ebook revolution's striking impact on the ways in which we create, discover, and share ideas. From the sleek halls of Silicon Valley to the jungles of Southeast Asia, Merkoski explores how ebooks came to be and predicts innovative and interactive ways digital content will shape our lives. Throughout, you are invited to continue the conversation online and help shape this exciting new world of "Reading 2.0."
For those who love books, collect books, own an e-reader, vow never to own one, or simply want to know where books are headed, this is a crucial guide to both the future of reading and to our digital culture as a whole.
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Table of Contents
How It Started xi
Introduction to "Bookmarks" xvii
The History of Books 1
Bookmark: Reading in Bed 9
The Origin of Ebooks 11
Bookmark: Annotations 16
Launching the Kindle 19
Bookmark: Knapsacks, Book Bags, and Baggage 34
Improving Perfection: Launching the Kindle2 37
Bookmark: Burning Books 43
The First Competitors 47
Bookmark: Book Browsing 58
The Neurobiology of Reading 61
Bookmark: Love Letters Preserved between Pages 67
Why Books (and Ebooks) Can Never Be Replaced 69
Bookmark: Indexes 76
Igniting Readers at Last! 79
Bookmark: Autographs 87
Wax Cylinders and Technological Obsolescence 89
Bookmark: Used Books 94
Fanning the Flames of Revolution 97
Bookmark: Inscriptions 103
Innovators and Laggards: The New Face of Publishing 107
Bookmark: Bookstores 120
Our Books Are Moving to the Cloud 123
Bookmark: Bookshelves 130
Google: A Facebook for Books? 133
Bookmark: Book Discovery 138
Bookmark: Dictionaries 147
Language Change: "Whan that Aprille, with hise shoures soote…" 149
Bookmark: Dog-Eared Pages 154
Education: Print or Digital? 157
Bookmark: Book Covers 165
Bookmark: Bookworms 174
The Future of E-Reader Hardware: Pico Projectors? 179
Bookmark: Lost Libraries 185
The Future of Writing 189
Bookmark: Degraded Text 196
Digitizing Culture 199
Bookmark: Altered Books 210
Reading: A Dying Art? 213
Bookmark: Attention Spans 220
The Last Digital Frontier 225
About the Author 237
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