Book futures

sad mac11 Book futuresWhile our special March issue is all about the different forms books are taking these days, i wanted to remind you of this great piece illustrator Jean Gralley wrote for us six years ago (pre-iPad!) about the possibilities in/for digital picture books. Have a look.

The first coverage I can remember us giving to e-publishing was back in 1997, when Sarah Ellis examined the digital reading experience via a Bjarne Reuter book that was available only via email or as a series of webpages on Dutton’s website. My favorite line: “I curled up in an armchair, and for the first time ever I actually put my laptop on my lap.”

Is anyone else getting device fatigue? I never thought I could have too many Apple things but, with my recent acquisition of an iPhone, I do. I feel like my trusty iPod puts on the Sad Mac look every time I put her in my briefcase while that shiny trollop iPhone nestles next to my heart.

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Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.

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