How many of us in the world of libraries or publishing have heard friends or family members casually assert that “everything is online” or that “print books are obsolete” thanks to their newly acquired Kindle or Nook? If you’ve ever found yourself struggling for an incisive response, this post (“Why Your Printed Book Isn’t an E-Book [Yet]”) from the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Lingua Franca blog lays out the issues quite nicely. According to Carol Saller from the University of Chicago Press, it all comes down to technology, rights, and money. Saller provides succinct examples illustrating each factor in the ebook equation. A good read for the next time you find yourself apoplectic at a dinner party or family event.
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