Posted by: ccclib | July 31, 2012

What makes a book a “book”?

ImageDo the physical composition and “social context” of a print book make it fundamentally different than the same words on an e-reader?  Michael Suarez would say yes.  He believes that the visual cues of a print book (things like the size, binding material, cover art, and physical location) are intrinsic elements of what the book actually is.  Mr. Suarez isn’t against eBooks, but recognizes that their value and utility differ from those of a print edition.

See the full Chronicle of Higher Education article:

But Is It a Book?

One issue not covered in the article is how different print editions of the same book vary and how that effects the nature and reception of the book.

What do you think?  Do different editions or different formats of the same text qualify as different “books”?  Does the presentation change the way the story is received or understood?  Let us know in the comments.



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