Yesterday I caught up on an extremely interesting Radio New Zealand interview: Saturday Morning with Kim Hill : 2009 06 13:
Sherman Young: the future of books
Author of The Book is Dead, Long Live the Book, and guest speaker at the upcoming conference, The Future of the Book, in Auckland. (duration: 39′12″)
Sherman Young is acting Head of Department of Media, Music and Cultural Studies at Macquarie University, where he teaches new media theory and production, with a research focus on the cultural impact of new media technologies. He is a passionate book lover, and author of The Book is Dead, Long Live the Book (UNSW Press, ISBN: 9780868408040). Sherman is a guest speaker at the Digital Publishing Forum conference, The Future of the Book, to be held on 24-25 June in Auckland.
Sherman Young and Kim Hill engaged in a very interesting discussion about what it is that makes a book a book; the content; the format; the experience of reading.
Of course, there was also a lot of discussion about paper versus newer digital approaches to reading, such as the Kindle and other ebook readers.
If you have an interest in books, in any form, then this discussion from 13 June 2009 is definitely one you should listen to.
Warning: Radio NZ does not keep its podcast archives available forever. Download this discussion sooner rather than later.