What is a Book?

by Apr 4, 2011Work and Life

Just began a project on a team revising a book. The title is old enough to contain vague references to “the World Wide Web.”

The challenges: more visuals! use links to information that may expire! use interactive calculators online where there were previously worksheets!

Some people insist that the Web is killing the book. I think this project is an example of the ways the Web enables us to let books be books again, of freeing them from the desktop publishing revolution’s legacy of easy, cheap books used as teachers.

Eject the sensory content and interactivity from the book, put it on the Web, and books can go back to being unique worlds like they used to be.

Barbara Ruth Saunders is a writer, editor, and writing coach.