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The Future of Books

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Duane Bray, a partner at the design and innovation consultancy IDEO, and Robert Lenne, an Interaction Designer also from IDEO, share their vision for the future of the book. Could linking discussions and connecting readers change the way we experience our favorite stories?

IDEO has released a video with three concepts of how the book could work in a digital age.  Introducing: Nelson, Coupland, and Alice.

The Future of the Book. from IDEO on Vimeo.

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Comments [18]

Da Creppa from The van...

Free lollipops in the back.

May. 07 2013 11:54 AM
JOSE is MEXICAN from madison hoe

OPS

May. 07 2013 11:35 AM
Ryan Doyle

Mr.Lynch Rodney is playing video games!!

May. 07 2013 11:23 AM
Ballsack from Madison

Bitches ain't shit

May. 07 2013 11:03 AM
The Other My. Lynch

QUIT SCREWIN' AROUND

May. 07 2013 11:02 AM
Mr. Lynch from Madison, WI

Is it second hour again? Time for another whiskey.

May. 07 2013 11:01 AM
Mr.Lynch from madtown.

Get to work kids!

May. 07 2013 11:01 AM
Caleb from flordia

I like alice, alice is sexy

May. 07 2013 10:59 AM
Santa from Ice Pole

HO HO HO!

Oct. 11 2010 12:46 AM
Dan

Nelson and Coupland would be really interesting to combine for a textbook reader, connecting to new information and socially. The shared library feature would be great for colleges and schools. Alice, however, would kill the kill the experience of reading instead of adding to it. It would be interesting to see as a platform of its own instead of as an extension of books. That way it could add in all sorts of media for an immersive experience without having the makers place literature at its core.

Oct. 05 2010 06:14 PM
mike from NYC

@hjs11211 They said the same about TV and Radio but people still read. Interestingly, I bet many would argue that the book killed oral storytelling traditions.

There was a great interview in Harpers years ago between Neil Postman and Camille Paglia called She wants her TV! He wants his book! Worth a read or listen.

Sep. 21 2010 01:31 PM
Bill from Hempstead

I would love transcripts and political writings to have a layer that fact checks them. You could also input results of active polling of the ideas presented.....
A demographic map of the poll respondents would be useful in targeting money and resources to combat misinformation campaigns....I think public discourse has been muddled forever by lies, inaccuracies that are too much to wade through for your average citizen...
....in my opinion, the confusion gap between fact and opinion in the public discourse is mirrored by a confusion between knowledge and belief (cue the theist vs atheist debate)....

To me this IS the significance of the *Information Age* I think there can be a huge net gain in information efficiency possible with the application of computers in scrutinizing, sorting, ranking and filtering information for individual consumption and decision making.

Trust is an important glue between societies' members.....
I love the work you are doing....Thanks

Sep. 21 2010 12:32 PM
Bill from Hempstead

I would love transcripts and political writings to have a layer that fact checks them. You could also input results of active polling of the ideas presented.....
A demographic map of the poll respondents would be useful in targeting money and resources to combat misinformation campaigns....I think public discourse has been muddled forever by lies, inaccuracies that are too much to wade through for your average citizen...
....in my opinion, the confusion gap between fact and opinion in the public discourse is mirrored by a confusion between knowledge and belief (cue the theist vs atheist debate)....

To me this IS the significance of the *Information Age* I think there can be a huge net gain in information efficiency possible with the application of computers in scrutinizing, sorting, ranking and filtering information for individual consumption and decision making.

Trust is an important glue between societies' members.....
I love the work you are doing....Thanks

Sep. 21 2010 12:29 PM
GPS

Not surprising that this notion of the "new book" has been developed by marketing professionals; it conceptualizes the book only as an aggregate of information. This may work well for textbooks and instructional manuals, but is flawed in how it imagines the art of narrative, whether fiction or non-fiction. Unlocking geographic, "context-specific" data regarding a story will not expand literature as an art form. The "choose you own adventure" model, like 3D-film technology, has already revealed that more isn't always more--it erodes the magic and elegance that comes from the mastery of structural limits on what can be shown and seen.
If you model the "new book" on what the majority of consumers want, you will end up with a platform designed for porn, vampire romances and dan brown.

Sep. 21 2010 12:27 PM

once computers learn to talk no one will learn to read

Sep. 21 2010 12:04 PM
Harry from New York

The Center for Book Arts in New York has an exhibition which opens Tuesday 21 September called Ear to the Page which explores some of the things that came up in this interview. http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=142575755784105&index=1

Sep. 21 2010 12:01 PM
Robert from NYC

I'm all for the "new" books, i.e., electronic/digital, however they are classified, but there just ain't nothin like a real hard-bound paper-paged book. I only use books for reference and have many, too many, "reference" type books for me to refer to when I want to know something (mostly history, music, linguistics) and whenever I do have to look up something I just get all ticklish to get up walk over to a bookcase, remove the book, blow off the dust and flip thru the pages looking for what I want and often stopping on the way when something else catches my eye. I end up looking up much more than usually planned. I say that sitting among too many boxes of books I have to get rid of now over 6 years but can't bring myself to get rid of them! Yes, I'm crazy.
Anybody want my old books? Come get them, they're yours, treat them well.

Sep. 21 2010 11:58 AM
Unheard from NYC

All hail the New Victorians.

Where is the new Dickens?

Sep. 21 2010 11:44 AM

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