Craig Hildebrand-Burke talks about the possibilities of books as uniquely physical experiences (as contrasted to ebooks). This goes beyond the nostalgia about the smell of tree-books, but rather to the concept of a physical book as an art object:
In 2000, Mark Z. Danielewski released his meta-fictional horror storyHouse of Leaves. This was followed up by several different editions, including the 2006 remastered, full colour edition, full of torn notes, handwritten inserts, typewritten attachments, drawings and other paraphernalia that twists the reading of Danielewski’s narrative into something beyond just words on a page.
I must admit I’m a sucker for this kind of thing. I had House of Leaves on a ‘to read’ list but I didn’t realise there was an edition that was that cool. Note that my definition of ‘cool’ may differ from yours.
Will book writers, book makers and book buyers begin to distinguish themselves more clearly as having and wanting two distinct types of books, even more than they already have? Will we want one type of reading digitally, and another physically?
I say, bring it on!
Now please excuse me while I try to source a 2006 edition of House of Leaves…
Check the original article out here: http://momentumbooks.com.au/blog/objectifying-books/