21 Feb '12, 9pm

Reading the future

Do we read differently now? Amid the fear and excitement of digital publishing, it seems to me that one of the most intriguing questions is whether, and how fundamentally, digitisation has altered the way we read. To anyone trying to read the runes of this fairly new market, it seems like a case of hearing the bad news before the bad news: Either printed books are dead, or no one is reading at all. I don't think either of those things is true. Reading has always been extremely personal - people are fast or slow, immersive, digressive or meticulous, they like dog-eared paperbacks or first editions. There is no end to the range of preferences and in many ways the digital revolution has merely added to a repertoire that has existed since the practice began. When I had to read more than a hundred novels for the Man Booker Prize last year, the most obvious thing was to keep the...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Entertainment/Arts/EDC120222-0...

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