E-Volution of the Book

The mechanics of the book is slowly slipping into extinction as the latest generation is adjusting themselves with the idea of e-literature.  Just as the previous generations before us, it seems that the formation of the book is slowly changing into a different form.  It is constantly manipulated to fit each upcoming generation to conform with technology as it progresses.  The book itself is a machine, though made out of paper rather than gears; it still works the mind in the fact that it entertains us and informs us of our history.

Vocal machination of fiction was transcribed on to a tangible surface to be kept permanent.  Recollections of events were kept organized in a binding format.  It was the modern day agenda, the modern day hard drive, the modern day iPod application.  Thus, this transformation has caused it to change numerous times before it found solidity as a “book” form, a form that we have grown accustom to. The book is a mass transforming object.  It comes in various sizes, most of which we would like to be thinner rather than thicker, and which we bring with us as a source of entertainment or for a class lecture.  It is then a stack of pages bind together to create a blunt object that we use day in and day out.  As time progresses, we can see the formations of the book changing once again as technology takes over the pages of various anthologies and journals.

The previous generation had to enter libraries, look for books in catalogues and went in search for that particular book in the vast building.  This is still done today, but technology has caught up with the generation of today.  It is now an age that utilizes computers for everyday searches.  The book is now forming into e-books that are found in library e-catalogues where they do not have to venture out to their homes, but can now read it online on their computer screens.  It is even reaching to the point where e-books are portable on our Smartphones and iPhones/iPods.  If there is ever an impulse to read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice they can with a touch of a button on their portable devices and read it from anywhere in the world.

In a literal sense, computers have created books to be machines.  Technology has now compacted books to be placed on the internet with interactive videos and pictures to visualize the scenes with ease.  Applications on Smartphones and iPhones/iPods have caused books to be transported on to the screen and have a voice read it out loud as we follow along from left to right.  The machinations of the mind have forced the creative juices in us to rely on the actual machines of today.  It is the Terminator of books.  It is slowly erasing the old and is creating the new for the next generation forthcoming.

–Stephanie Moreno

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