• Electronic technology remakes the book in two senses:
    • 1. it gives us a new kind of book by changing the surface of which we write and the rhythms with which we read.
    • 2. it adds to our historical understanding of the book by providing us with a new form that we can compare to printed books and earlier forms of writing (Bolter 3-4).
  • As we discussed in class, it is much harder to define a "book" than we sometimes remember. Must a book be made of paper? What if the same text is online? Does it have to be published, or can it be a private thing? Must there be more than one copy? How many pages makes a "book?"
  • What we can determine is that the book, however we define it, has taken on electronic forms:
    • Google Books gives us free, online access to numerous books in the public domain, and online previews of many others. Similar sources include Europeana, Gallica and HathiTrust .
    • Digital readers allow for the portable, comfortable reading of online books, some of which are free and some which cost money. Among the most popular are Amazon's Kindle, and Barnes and Nobel's Nook .
    • Most recently inducted into the electronic book family is Apple's iPad , an eReader that allows for internet browsing and much more. It is a sign that books in the digital realm are not a passing trend.
  • The "Electronic Book" can also be referred to as an "E-book," an "E-reader," or an "E-book device." It is known as the digital equivalent of the traditional printed book.

Here is a picture as an example:

Also, here is an interesting article from "The New York Times" about "Envisioning the Next Chapter For Electronic Books"
  • Is the term "electronic book" the best for blogging? It seems that while books and blogs both share information in written form in the same way, their physical composition makes them very different. Levinson highlights that classical books and journals were great works, almost pieces of art, that required dedicated work and that gave their authors a great source of accomplishment. However, because of the electronic form of blogs, "the easy revision of a blog means that it is never really finished and all but impossible to abandon if the blog is on a site under the blogger's control" (Levinson, The New New Media, 25).
  • Because of this comparison, it would seem that blogging is a much more casual form of publishing and writing. Blogging's easy revising nature makes it possible for bloggers to quickly correct spelling errors, missing words, and change entire thoughts and statements. Because of these factors, it seems that blogging is not technically an "electronic book."