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August 10, 2010

Book vs. E-book โ€” Episode 1: Touch & Smell

"The sweet aroma of my pixels."

[via TeleRead and  Irish Publishing News]

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One of the things I love about used books is the fact that it has other peoples notes hastily scribbled in the margin and highlights of passages that caught their eye. It is the metadata that is so hard to come by, trying to understand the people that last touched your book.

But what is fascinating is that Amazon is picking up on this...I just picked up Bret Easton Elli's sequel to Less Than Zero (25 years later), Imperial Bedroom, and you can see passages that have been highlighted by others, and how many others have selected this.

"Everything she says is an ocean of signals. Listening to her I realize that she's a lot of girls, but which one is talk to me? Which one will be driving back to the apartment on Orange Grove in the green BMW with the vanity plate that reads PLENTY? Which one would be coming to the bedroom in Doheny Plaza? We exchange numbers. She puts her sunglasses on."

Seven people reading this novel choose to highlight this passage.

Now I only wish I could read their notes...if Amazon could allow one to scrawl passages on the side and allow others to subscribe, I'd be on this in a heartbeat. Well, I think I'll still be buying hardbacks, but only after I can buy them for $2.95 at halfpriced books.

Posted by: clifyt | Aug 10, 2010 2:22:42 PM

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