The Mindbending Developments of Digital Books

blog_cell_phoneDo you love staring at tiny electronic screens? Google and Amazon sure hope so, as they’ve begun to concentrate efforts to format digitized versions of books so they are readable on mobile phones — can’t stand the weight of 700 pages of Dostoyevsky on your legs? Plan on digesting In Search of Lost Time in fifteen minute increments during your subway commute? There’s your solution (does David Lynch feel the same way about reading books on iPhones as he does about watching films on them?); meanwhile, Robert Darnton, the head of the Harvard library system, pens a stern, thoughtful warning to the public in the New York Review of Books that we must stay vigilant of Google’s commercial interests as a recent class action lawsuit settlement will likely allow it to begin to build what is essentially the largest library in the world. Ever.