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The Book of the Future

Over the coming decades books certainly evolve into an unfamiliar form.

Courtesy of artist Grand Snider, we’re treated to a peek at how books will evolve in the future.

The Book of the Future [via Apartment Therapy]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 10/5/12

Comments (10)

  1. infmom

    It is absolutely worth seeking out Isaac Asimov’s essay “The Ancient and the Ultimate.” He was there first. :)

  2. MJ

    @infmom I was thinking of that Asimov’s story while reading the comic, and when I was going to post about it I read your comment and my mind was blown up!

  3. xero

    Indeed, i cannot remember paper crashing on me or breaking when dropped, and they have always been double density/sided.

  4. Darryl Drury

    Isaac Asimov’s essay “The Ancient and the Ultimate.”, and finally…

    You’ll have to admit that such a cassette would be a perfect futuristic dream: self-contained, mobile, non-energy-consuming, perfectly private, and largely under the control of the will.

    Ah, but dreams are cheap so let’s get practical. Can such a cassette possibly exist? To this, my answer is Yes, of course. The next question is: How many years will we have to wait for such a deliriously perfect cassette?

    I have an answer for that, too, and a quite definite one. We will have it in minus five thousand years–because what I have been describing… is a book!

  5. gunner

    i have somewhere around 1500+ books, mostly sci-fi. they work quite well, no power needed, no fussy controls, they store neatly on shelves, instantly available. they do not break if dropped, they do not self combust, though they can be destroyed by applied heat from an external source. simple and practical. i think i’ll stick with them.

  6. HarryAdney

    Has any scientific type bod worked out which is least damaging to the environment; electronic readers that can contain thousands of books, or the printing of the same amount of books?

  7. r

    after my undergraduate degree in Literature I realized that books smell great !

  8. Duh

    Duh!! That’s what e-ink is for.. No eye constraint, no special glasses.. That IS the future..

  9. Dark Reality

    I was a holdout for a couple years. I’ve read the last dozen or so books on my phone. No eye strain or special glasses. I actually just installed a reader that keeps my books and progress in Dropbox, so if I flash a new ROM (Android) all I have to do is reinstall the app, and sign into Dropbox. Works offline, of course, it just syncs my progress when I get online. I can run ROMs that stay charged from the time I wake up to the time I go to sleep. Yes, battery life is an issue for me, but the dark is an issue for dead tree books. Also I loaned a dead tree book to a friend, he never returned it, but I can still read it on my phone. Lastly, if you don’t own your own home, books are a real pain when you go to move.

    But it doesn’t matter how you read. Just reading, however you choose to do it, will expand your mind. Bickering over how you read or what you read is counterproductive.

  10. lizbit

    There is nothing liking reading a proper book. I have never read an “e-book” and I’m doing fine.

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