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Why Printed Books Will Never Die

January 16, 2013
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eBooks are slowly subsuming the printed format as the preferred vehicle on which people read books. But perhaps there is reason to hope that eBooks and print books could have a bright future together, because for all the great things eBooks accomplish—convenience, selection, portability, multimedia—there are still some fundamental qualities they will simply never possess:
  • Books have physical beauty.
  • Books have provenance.
  • Printed books are collectible.
  • Books are nostalgic.

Web entrepreneur, designer and novelist Jack Cheng, who recently funded the printing of his book through Kickstarter, told me that printed books just offer a more robust experience to the reader....

 
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