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DeleyanLee
04-20-2010, 12:36 AM
Article (http://www.cnn.com/2010/OPINION/04/16/greene.book.jacket/index.html?hpt=C2)


We talked about various other things, and a few days later there appeared in The New York Times a [URL="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/31/books/31covers.html?scp=1&sq=motoko rich e-book&st=cse"] by reporter Motoko Rich under the headline: "In E-Book Era, You Can't Even Judge a Cover." Her thesis was that as more and more people become accustomed to reading books on small screens, the importance of book jackets could rapidly diminish. As she wrote: "You can't tell a book by its cover if it doesn't have one."

Books still have covers, of course; even as the digital era gallops along, publishers continue to design and print jackets for their books, which then become the books' logos in their electronic versions. Yet if we do reach a time when the great majority of books are read on the screens of portable devices, something will be lost.

thehairymob
04-20-2010, 07:30 PM
But will it really cme to that? I can't see books totally disappearing, after all we still have CD for music, the market hasn't completely gone. And then there are those that enjoy a book in its old form. I also find it hard to see people going to a beach with an Ebook Reader and leaving it to go for a swim.

Phaeal
04-20-2010, 09:57 PM
Maybe books will get even more graphics, since it will be cheaper to do that digitally than in print.

dgiharris
04-20-2010, 10:14 PM
Maybe books will get even more graphics, since it will be cheaper to do that digitally than in print.

THis was more or less my thoughts. I foresee books slowly merging with graphic novels.

Not to say we are all going to be reading/writing comic books LOL

But it will become a lot easier to insert pictures into books and even moving images

If I were to grab my crystal ball, in a couple of hundred years, 'books' are going to be more like video games--an interactive experience.

***paging futurist Zoombie***

Mel...

elae
04-21-2010, 04:01 AM
I'd say it's the opposite, actually. People won't be browsing just book spines on a store shelf anymore, they'll be virtually browsing listings with full cover images on their iPads, Kindles, nooks, laptops. The entire cover will now be their first impression, rather than an interesting title that makes them pull it off a shelf.

Once it's purchased and downloaded, readers may not see the cover as much, but people still browse before purchasing, and they often browse visually. Back cover images may fade away, though.

christwriter
04-26-2010, 04:58 AM
I think cover art might die, in the most literal interpretation of the concept, but book art will stick around. The most effective way to catch somebody's attention is create a big, shiny visual. I don't think electronic media will change that.


THis was more or less my thoughts. I foresee books slowly merging with graphic novels.


Mel...

This concept makes me EXTREMELY happy. Sequential art is a massively underrated art form IMO and it would thrill me for it to have even a minor revival. I also tend to imagine in living color. I've illustrated several scenes of my novel, just for my own purposes. Getting to apply that kind of work in "print" would be awesome.

Not that it would ever really work like that. But it'd still be cool to use full color illustrations for emphasis. I wouldn't want to move ALL THE WAY into Graphic Novel territory, but maybe like an optional "enhanced reading experience" or something.

I also think that increasing the number of graphics involved in books might create a more effective marketing tool. A lot of video game/movie buzz is created when concept art gets released. It's a little far fetched, but who knows?

Paul
04-26-2010, 05:14 AM
strangely enough I just commented on this subject. I think e-pub covers are vital and won't be phased out

thehairymob
04-26-2010, 06:42 PM
I like the idea of pictures in ebook, reminds me of illuminated manuscripts of the past and with the new tech we could have moving scenes. Of course then many would find they could not compete with the big time publisher, who would have the resources to do this.

CaoPaux
04-26-2010, 07:25 PM
strangely enough I just commented on this subject. I think e-pub covers are vital and won't be phased outAgreed. Some recent evidence: http://leegoldberg.typepad.com/a_writers_life/2010/04/you-can-become-a-kindle-millionaire-part-17-the-bet.html

Bartholomew
04-26-2010, 10:03 PM
Media convergence is changing everything we do, and probably for the better.

thehairymob
04-26-2010, 10:22 PM
But could it make life harder for the self published author?

christwriter
04-26-2010, 11:45 PM
I like the idea of pictures in ebook, reminds me of illuminated manuscripts of the past and with the new tech we could have moving scenes. Of course then many would find they could not compete with the big time publisher, who would have the resources to do this.

If somebody offered to pay me $500 and/or royalties to do illustrations for their e-book, I'd do it. Arty people are called "Starving artists" for a reason. I'm sure a small publisher could scrape together enough money to help an artist pay their bills.

PoppysInARow
04-27-2010, 04:13 AM
THis was more or less my thoughts. I foresee books slowly merging with graphic novels.

This is already becoming a reality.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gew68Qj5kxw