Burning the Page: The eBook Revolution and the Future of Reading

Burning the Page: The eBook Revolution and the Future of Reading

by Jason Merkoski

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402288821
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 08/06/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Jason Merkoski was a development manager, product manager, and the first technology evangelist at Amazon. He helped to invent technology used in today's eBooks and was a member of the launch team for each of the first three Kindle devices. Trained in theoretical math at MIT, he worked for almost two decades in telecommunications and e-commerce with America's biggest online retailers, and he's worked with publishers large and small to shape the future of eBooks. As a digital pioneer, he wrote and published the first online eBook in the 1990s. As a futurist, he's equally at home in Seattle or Silicon Valley, although he's drawn to the high desert of New Mexico, where he can string up his hammock and stare into the clouds and ancient petroglyphs.

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

Globalization 141

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

Libraries 169

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

Acknowledgments 235

About the Author 237

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