Of Tablets, Smart Phones and Books

Tablets, smart phones and books.

Tablet computers, the latest craze driving our technological egos, are getting smaller and more powerful.  Their smaller brethren, Smart phones, are getting bigger and more powerful.  Soon they will be indistinguishable from one another.  The recent releases of the iPhone 5,  iPad 4, iPad mini, Kindle Fire HD and the Samsung Galaxy S3, etc. have garnered much attention in the media and activity in the marketplace.  Today’s release of Microsoft’s Surface tablet and Windows 8 OS might not be as widely anticipated, but is, none the less, a milestone for the preeminent computing environment of the last 20 years.

Is all of this noise drowning out the death knell of books as we know them?  Paper based, tangible and portable, they never run out of bars; battery or connectivity.  They are easily passed from one reader to another.  And won’t set off an airport body scanner.  I’m not about to step in the path of technological progress, I do read from my Kindle in bed each night.  But I have to wonder if books will ever again have a meaningful place in our lives, or are they destined to become just another element of the decor that surrounds us?

The folks at Type, a bookstore up in Toronto, have found another use for their books; the starring role in a short film.  Apologies for the advert that YouTube insists on imposing, the film is worth the wait.

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