May 23, 2012

Video: Are print books and ebooks really equal?


Are print books and digital books pretty much the same thing? In a short, stirring documentary video called “The Story of the Book,” British booksellers Adrian Harrington and Jonathan Kearnes talk about “some of the key points of the book as a physical form,” taking down their first editions of Dickens, Kipling, and J.K. Rowling to illustrate their argument that the format they refer to as “the real book” is unique and irreplaceable.

Dennis Johnson is the founder of MobyLives, and the co-founder and co-publisher of Melville House. Follow him on Twitter at @mobylives