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Later than we thought: Will art books become ebooks any time soon?

October 26, 2010

I’m impressed by the arguments of the commentators on this article by Jim Lewis, tackling issues of reproduction, viewing conditions, the hardback art book as a work of art in its own right, the unique tactile experience it offers. At one point they invoke Jean-Luc Picard’s Shakespeare editions on the Starship Enterprise!

I agree with the comments that say ebooks will attract more potential customers because production costs will be a fraction of hardback editions. This will help new artists and photographers, just as the first paperbacks (in the first half of the nineteenth century) helped authors reach a mass-market.