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What You Loved (and What You Missed) In 2009

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Book blogger and bibliophile Maud Newton says:

"I'm not sure whether this makes me an old fogey or (from the point of view of the save-all-print-at-all-costs contingent) a whippersnapper bent on the destruction of everything real and meaningful and good, but this year I rediscovered the morning newspaper -- on my phone.

For years I've caught up on the news online, and mostly through aggregators -- political, cultural, literary -- and I still do that. But when I'm on the run it's incredibly useful to have the Times stories assembled in one place and updated as continuously as those on the website itself. I never would have predicted that I'd rely on this new format to the degree that I do.

Meanwhile, though, attacks on digital publishing of all stripes continue to proliferate in the media and book worlds. I understand the fears that these kinds changes can give rise to, but am amazed at how prescriptive some people are being. Ebooks in particular are often seen as an odious mutation -- never mind that we've already been experimenting with and testing the boundaries of the concept for years.

(Is Wikipedia an ebook? No? What about The Encyclopedia Britannica online, then?  It remains to be seen how we'll classify Japanese cell phone novels and things like Electric Literature's Twitter publishing experiment.)

I guess the bottom line is that trying to force people to keep reading the way they always have never works. Now if you'll excuse me, I've got to bookmark a few things and download that new book and hit reload on my Times app. Tonight in bed I'll be reading Joan Schenkar's The Talented Miss Highsmith in hardcover, but for now I'm traveling light. Enjoy lugging around that backpack, e-book haters!"

But it's about you. Tell us what made your year. Name the best food, song, movie, book, show or cultural experience you had this year. We're reading your choices on WNYC this month

 

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