By Edward Nawotka
Today’s feature story looks at Book Slam’s experiments with publishing. The organization opted to produce their first work in several different formats, including a downloadable audiobook, an e-book, and a pricey hardcover. The hardcover is a limited edition, and serves as something of a “souvenir” of the Book Slam experience. Increasingly, as people move toward consuming books digitally, buying a physical copy of the same book seems redundant. What role does the physical copy have in the digital world? For some it does indeed serve as a physical reminder of the initial reading experience, but for others print is still the primary reading experience. Do they feel significantly different about the object? Philosophically, is there a good reason to keep a book around once you’ve read it, unless you plan to read it again? Are all books, once you’ve read them, essentially “souvenirs”?
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