”Formal publications and informal discussions (online and otherwise) are the two traditional avenues for information- sharing in our field and each have inherent limitations, that in some ways restrict our knowledge base. For example, formal monographs and journals are great and rigorous – but often costly for both publisher and consumer, and at-risk to become outdated. On the other hand, informal online discussions are specific, topical, and participatory – but can be private, hard to access, less relevant, and less exacting. There’s a lot of information that may be useful to membership that falls in between these two traditional methods of scholarly communication, and that is exactly where a wiki can be of service.” BPG/AIC
A wider approach to knowledge sharing is brewing across all disciplines and there is lurking implication for books. At first a topic for literary scholars, book designers and comparative media study specialists, the emergence of a new exchange platform (such as wiki, blog and enclave listserv) is now positioned in between formal publications and informal discussions. Such a new exchange platform is now opening to much wider participation.
Two of our key words: KNOWLEDGE BASE (its displacements or constraints) and zones BETWEEN BINARIES (between formal and informal discussions) immediately pop-up for FotB fans. Can another of our keywords, RESILIENCE (of book transmission) be far behind?
”If publishers were smart, what they’d take away from this—what they hopefully will take away from it once the paper sales figures come in—is that early e-release is additive, not substitutional. Publishers were looking at “windowing,” pushing e-books back several months beyond print books. Maybe they should consider “reverse windowing,” making the e-book available early because e-book-lovers wouldn’t have bought the print book anyway but some people will be willing to buy both.” Chris Meadows, TeleRead
…is additive, not substitutional …terrific phrase and a terrific paragraph. I hope windowing and reverse windowing sticks in wider discussion. Another factor here is book reading behavior; book readers are not waiting around idle for a good book to come along….they are reading books already discovered and purchased. Book reading, at all paces, is backed up with plenty of material on-hand.
Best of all the insight that screen and print work as a complementary reading strategy has already been realized and field-tested in humanist research. An awareness of the eerie complementary roles of print and screen deserves much wider recognition…just as Chris has encouraged.
Convenience is the key difference between print and screen books. One way to define that convenience is to notice that a print book displays only a single title and cannot display many books. A screen reading device will not only display various books, it can also display various libraries and various book stores. So the convenience of e-books is immense.
Screen books are even more convenient than that. Purchasing utilities, reader reviews, and community book discussions are delivered quickly without any need for physical transaction, travel, or arrival on time. The whole system of ebook delivery is very convenient, free and instantaneous and we can add to all this the continuing advances of quality, navigation and connectivity of screen book display while the devices themselves are ever more attractive and efficient making up-grading enticing.
Finally the convenience of ebooks contrasts with print books in an even greater way. Ebooks increase book reading strategies and opportunities resulting in more books read and read more quickly. Screen readers zoom through books and purchase more titles than print readers while they also manage to keep plenty on hand ready for any opportunity to read. Convenience is the key.
As we become adapted to screen book reading and convenience of ebook delivery it will be difficult to recall why print books were used for so long.
(My tongue should really be tied to my cheek.)
“The authors emphasize that their data allowed them to identify only correlation, not causation. Other economists said that future studies will be important for sorting through the patterns in this new data.”
Database extraction and its graphical display does produce patterns, but so does the night sky. Missing is authentic absence of pattern in multiple rate related energy exchange behaviors that compromise interpretation of trends. This is not to suggest that the world is chaos, but only to suggests rich system resilience. Database extraction and its graphical display does result in correlation but narrative is needed to deduce causation.
Such explanation of distinction and complement of database and narrative resource is accentuated by the distinctive interfaces needed; database extraction and its graphical display requires computer processing while book reading requires cognitive processing. The out-puts of narrative format can be looped back to either format for further processing while the extractions of database resource invite more data.